Westchester Black Bar Association
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.
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.
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