Founded in 1925, the National Bar Association (NBA) is the nation's oldest and largest association of African American lawyers and judges.
Civil Efforts

The NBA continues "to protect the civil and political rights of the citizens and residents of the United States."

·        In conjunction with various state, local, and national legal groups, (including ABA, ATLA, NAACP, LDF and LCCR) the NBA co-sponsors various events to promote the continuing development of the profession.

·        Provided legal assistance to elderly African-Americans through the NBA Black Elderly Legal Assistance Support Project (BELASP). After its inception in 1986, BELASP conducted a variety of programs designed to improve the Black elderly's access to legal assistance. It provided many training and continuing legal education seminars for lawyers, including "Saving the Home and Defending Against Fraud and Scams."

·       Used a grant received from the Department Health and Human Services Administration on Aging to study the means of improving the delivery of legal services to the African American elderly poor, and to develop a process to recruit African American lawyers for providing pro bono and reduced fee services to this growing segment of the population.

·         Intervened in Driscoll v. Regents of the University of California, a case which sought to invalidate the University's financial aid program.

·         Monitored attack on affirmative action programs in the nation's colleges and universities and educated students on the need for responsive activities.

·         Supported the right of Haitian refugees to seek asylum in the United States.

·          Researched statistics and held public hearing on minority employment and promotion in the criminal system.

·         Engaged in a Title VII loan fund sponsored by the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission to assist lawyers in litigating discrimination grievances.

·         Promoted minority business enterprise and development through advocacy, technical assistance, and educational programs.

·         Launched the NBA Minority Bar Involvement Project, with funding from the Legal Services Corporation, which awarded grants to 12 sub-grantee organizations for the delivery of pro bono or reduced legal fee services.


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