The Amistad Long Island Black Bar Association

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The Amistad Long Island Black Bar Association was founded in 1996. Formerly, the organization was known as the Amistad Suffolk Black Bar Association before the organization expanded to both the Nassau and Suffolk regions.

Amistad was created to foster community, professional development, and growth among attorneys of color in the Long Island area. As J. Stewart Moore, one of Amistad’s founding members and its most-recent past president has said, “Amistad is all about history.” This is demonstrated even in the organization’s name.

Amistad seeks to continue the tradition of providing opportunities for networking, leadership, and professional growth to attorneys in the practice of law who work and/or live on Long Island.

Amistad actively provides supportive environments for law students, judges, and attorneys of color in all walks of the profession.

Amistad includes among its members judges, prosecutors, lawyers in private practice and in the public service. We are proud of Amistad’s history, and we look forward to many more years of continued growth and leadership.

If you are not already a member, join us today!


Upcoming Events Within The Amistad Long Island Black Bar Association Itinerary

Law Day

United States Holiday

Before President Dwight D. Eisenhower declared May 1 to be Law Day, U.S.A., the first day of May was known in some parts of the world as May Day: a day to remember the struggles of workers in their fight for better wages and working conditions. Law Day was originally the idea of Charles S. Rhyne, Eisenhower's legal counsel for a time, who was serving in 1957–1958 as president of the American Bar Association. Eisenhower proclaimed May 1 to be Law Day, U.S.A. in 1958. Its observance was later codified by Public Law 87-20 on April 7, 1961. -- via Wikipedia

Annette Gordon-Reed

6:00 - 8:00pm | Nassau County Bar Association

May 7th
The Hemingses of Monticello: An American Family Special Program with Theodore Roosevelt Inns of CourtThomas Jefferson & Sally Hemings: An American Controversy featuring Pulitzer Prize Winner Annette Gordon Reed.

Annette Gordon-Reed is the Carol K. Pforzheimer Professor at the Radcliffe Institute for Advanced Study, the Charles Warren Professor of American Legal History at Harvard Law School, and a Professor of History at Harvard University. She will be the Harold Vyvyan Harmsworth Visiting Professor of American History at Queen's College, Oxford University during the 2014-2015 academic year. She received the 2008 National Book Award and the 2009 Pulitzer Prize in History for The Hemingses of Monticello: An American Family (2008). She is also the author of Thomas Jefferson and Sally Hemings: An American Controversy (1997), Vernon Can Read!: A Memoir, with Vernon Jordan, Jr (2001), Race on Trial: Law and Justice in American History, editor (2002), and Andrew Johnson (2010). - Harvard Law School |


Location: TBD | Thursday, May 8, 2014 - 6:30pm


On Thursday, May 8th at 6:30 p.m. Amistad will hold a Special Meeting for the purpose of voting on the proposed amendments to our bylaws. The meeting will be held at the Suffolk County Bar Association which is located at 560 Wheeler Road, Hauppauge, NY 11788. Copies of the proposed amendments will be available by submitting an email request. Only members who have paid their dues will be qualified to vote on the amendments. If you have not done so already, you are welcomed to pay your dues before the meeting. We look forward to seeing you then.

Nassau County Bar Association Annual Dinner

Long Island Marriott Celebrating the anniversaries of their 50, 60 and 70 year practitioners, as well as Distinguished Service Medallion recipient Hon. Preet Bharara U.S. Attorney for the Southern District of New York.

$190 per person
More Information Call (516) 747-4070

Metropolitan Black Bar Association 30th Anniversary Gala

To get more details on Metropolitan Black Bar Association's 30th Anniversary Gala please visit their official website here:


Metropolitan Black Bar Association's 30th Anniversary Gala

Amistad's Newletter Spotlight on Members Section

In the next issue of the Amistad's Newsletter, we will be featuring a section that highlights accomplishments and honors of our members. If you have any news that you would like to share in the newsletter, please submit your announcement to by Monday, May 19, 2014 and include the title, "Member Spotlight" in the subject line of the email.

We can not wait to hear all the exciting news that you have to share.


Amistad's Newsletter Committee

Amistad's Spring Mixer

Location: Jewel Restaurant | 400 Broadhollow Road, Melville, NY (5pm - 8 pm)

You are invited to join us for our Spring Mixer on Tuesday, May 20, 2014 from 5p.m. to 8 p.m. The mixer will be at Jewel Restaurant, located at 400 Broadhollow Road, Melville, NY.  Happy Hour drink specials are available and complimentary appetizers will be served. The event is open to all Amistad members, friends of Amistad and thier guests. We look forward to seeing you there.

General Body Meeting

Location: Hofstra Law School, 121 Hofstra University, Kushner Hall, Room 242, Hempstead, NY 11549 (6:30pm)

Suffolk County Bar Association Annual Dinner

Installing William T. Ferris As President

For more information on Suffolk County Bar Association's Annual Dinner please visit their official website:

Eastwind Caterers 5720 Route 25A, Wading River, NY 11792

National Bar Association 89th Conference

Atlanta, GA

Conference Time!


The 89th Annual National Bar Association Convention will be held in alluring Atlanta, Georgia from July 26 - August 2, 2014! This is the time to make plans to enjoy yourself among your peers AND sharpen your legal skills!


  • The first step is to secure your flight - The official airlines for the conference are American (discount code 4174EE) and Delta(discount code NMJ32) . Right now Delta round trip airfare to Atlanta from LGA is $300 with discount code. If you travel frequently, you know the closer you get to the event, the more expensive it is to travel - so book today.


  • The second step is to book your hotel room.  The conference will be held at the Atlanta Marriott Marquis Hotel. The telephone number is 404-521-0000. This hotel is fabulous- check it out at . The NBA Rate is $159.00 per night.  Book now because traditionally over 2,000 people attend the conference from around the world, so the hotel sells out fast. Sometimes the NBA adds an overflow hotel, but if not, I understand there are other hotels in the vicinity. However, my preference is to walk to the elevator instead of to the car  after a day full of CLE’s and Networking. So pick up the phone now to get the special NBA conference rate.


  • You will not need to rent a car to attend any of the NBA events, once you get to the hotel, luxury coach buses provide transportation to the various receptions across the city. The transportation and receptions are included in your registration.


  • Registration- Registration is $550 for members before May 16th; $625 until July 11th and then $750 for on-site registration.  That sounds expensive, but it really is not. In NY we typically pay  $50-$100 a credit for CLEs, You have the opportunity to attend  over 48 CLE’s with the areas of criminal law, federal practice, ethics, civil rights, law office management and others being covered. These courses are taught by distinguished jurists from across the nation, such as Charles Ogletree, Esq., Shawn Holley,Esq.,  Billy Murphy, Esq. and Willie Gary, Esq. to name a few.You can see the full list of CLEs at . In addition, the White Linen Welcome reception featuring a national recording artist, black tie dinner, president’s reception are included in your registration which is totally tax deductible!


  • The Government/Not-for-Profit Attorney Rate is $475 until May 16th; $550 until July 11th; and $675 on site.


  • The Student Registration Rate is $150 until May 16th; $175 until July 11th; $200 on site.


  • Non Member $775 until May 16th; $850 until July 11th; $975 on-site. 
  • What about your Boo? - You can register your Boo and/or spouse as a guest or they can join NABBS -The National Association of Bar and Bench Spouses which meets at the same time as the Bar Association. NABBS offers lectures on Health, Education and has a sold out Fashion show. This group is comprised of mostly women but last year they did have a male president! If your spouse registers as a guest or joins NABBS, they receive admission to the receptions, Gala, transportation and can attend the CLE’s-just not for credit. Guest Registration is $350 until May 16th; $375 until July 11th; $450 on site.


  • What will You do with your Children? Bring them-children ages 5-17 can attend the convention for a small fee of $375, which is less than the average day camp on Long Island. The youth are divided into two separate groups 5-12 and 13-17 and participate in various activities including, but not limited to, college tours, museum outings, pajama parties, baseball games and roller skating.   Activities are scheduled from 7:30 a.m. - 4 p.m. and then 7:00 p.m. -11:00 p.m.  Several of Amistad's progeny have attended and refuse to be left home ever again! If you would like to speak to a parent who has had their child accompany them or would like your child to speak to someone who has participated, let me know and I will set it up. It really is wonderful to see the children bond and develop relationships across the nation. The conference  schedule allows for you to spend meaningful family time and professional time.  Again register as soon as possible because space is limited.


Did I mention that pursuant to US Treasury Regulation Section 1.162.5 registration fees, travel, hotel and living expenses incurred in attending educational seminars to maintain your law license are tax deductible subject to the aforementioned regulation?


If you have any questions feel free to contact me at or 516-493-3252. I hope to see you in Atlanta!


August 9th | 7:00pm - 10:00pm | 19 Melvin Ave West Hempstead Ny | For More Details Go To Calendar


Amistad Annual Gala

Crest Hollow Country Club | 8325 Jericho Turnpike - Woodbury, NY 11797 | For More Details Go To Calendar

Sponsered by Rivkin Radler & Law Offices of Frederick K. Brewington, Amistad's annual gala featuring guest keynote speaker judge Joseph "Joe" Brown. "Our Gala theme this year is:  We Shall Not Be Moved." 50th Anniversary of the Civil Rights Act of 1964.

Amistad LI Black Bar Association, General Body Meeting

Location: TBD


The Amistad Long Island Black Bar Association is an affiliate of the National Bar Association.  In addition to the National Bar Association, these links to other bar associations may be useful to you.  


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