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Westchester Black Bar Association

About Us

Dedication to Our Members Is
Reflected in Our Mission

Our Purpose

Our purpose is to improve the integrity and standards of professionalism in the legal community; improve public confidence in the judicial system and the administration of justice; promote and encourage independence, diversity and inclusion in the judiciary and in the court system; and uphold the promise of equality, fairness, and justice for all under law regardless of race, color, sex, creed, or national origin.

Our Legacy

The Westchester Black Bar Association (WBBA) originated as the Association of Black Lawyers of Westchester County which was founded in 1973. Our founding members Bruce Bozeman, Esq, Daniel W. Boddie, Esq., Joseph Holligan Callendar, Esq., Hon. H. Hawthorne Harris, and Leroy Wilson, Esq. each sought to elevate the standards of integrity, honor and courtesy in the legal profession and foster the spirit of collegiality among members and throughout the bar.

Incorporated in 2005 as a 501(c)(6) organization, we were renamed the Westchester Black Bar Association (WBBA). Our primary objective remains the furtherance of the public interest by contributing to and advancing the science of jurisprudence.

Historically, the WBBA has encouraged high ethical and professional standards for both, the bench and bar and has a strong record of advocacy for a diverse and independent judiciary. The WBBA has fervently promoted the administration of justice and reforms in the law in the public interest and continues to establish programs that motivate and inspire students to pursue the legal profession.

Presently, we continue the mandate and mission of our founders as we articulate an understanding and awareness of the experience of people of color in the legal profession, thereby advancing the public good by applying our legal knowledge and experience in a manner that ensures access to justice for all.

Be part of the solution

Meet Your Officers

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Sharon Matthie, Esq.

President

Tim Lewis, Esq.

First Vice President

Jill Bradshaw-Soto, Esq.

Second Vice President

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Julie Worthey, Esq.

Secretary

Leticia Arzu, Esq.

Treasurer

Sophia Trott, Esq.

Immediate Past President

Meet Your Board of Directors

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Karen Beltran, Esq.

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Hon. Helen Blackwood 

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Raynette Brewster, Esq.

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Jerrice Epps, Esq.

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Brian Johnson, Esq.

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Barbara Lerman, Esq.

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Hon. Janet Malone

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Natisha Matthews, Esq.

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Lynette Spaulding, Esq.

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Justin Tolbert, Esq.

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Hon. Lyndon Williams

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Sophia Trott, Esq.

Meet Your Support Team

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Law Student - Ashley Martin

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Legal Assistant - Aziza Hawthorne

WBBA In Action

Check out some of our amazing moments

Need Support?

What We Offer

Helping Black attorneys thrive & succeed is our goal. Check out some of our services below to help you stay informed.

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CLE Courses

Helping you reach the next level in your Legal career

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Networking

Network toward a better future and better connections.

Career Advice

What are your goals? We’ll help you reach them.

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Mentorship

Connect with seasoned lawyers. Your mentor is your lifeline.

Inspiring the Future

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Contact Us

333 Mamaroneck Avenue PMB 219,
White Plains, NY 10605

firstvp@wbbany.org

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