Serving the African American Community

and Legal Profession through Education, Advocacy and Action
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Celebrating

Black
History
Month

February 1 – March 1, 2024

Celebrating Black History Month, we pay homage to the exceptional legacy of African American lawyers, from the groundbreaking victories of Thurgood Marshall to the enduring impact of figures like Constance Baker Motley. Their achievements inspire our ongoing journey toward justice. A heartfelt thank you to our sponsors, members, and associates whose unwavering support fuels the National Bar Institute’s mission. Welcoming new members in 2024 injects fresh energy into our cause. Together, we recognize and applaud the pivotal role of African American lawyers, forging a future where equality and excellence thrive in the legal profession. Join us in celebrating the legacy and shaping a future filled with meaningful action and progress.

The NBI Mission Statement

The Mission of the National Bar Institute is to serve and empower the African-American community and legal profession through philanthropy, education, advocacy and action.


Dr. Walter L. Sutton, Jr.,Chair of the National Bar Institute (NBI) and National Bar Association (NBA) Past President.

Congratulations and
Welcome To The NBI’s
New Life Members

Robert L. Bell
Attorney at Law
The Bell Law Firm
Washington, District of Columbia

Donise Edwards Brown
Managing Director, Global Supply Chain, Innovation & Commercial
Law & Corporate Affairs
Starbucks Corporation
Seattle, Washington

James Carter
Managing Partner
The Cochran Firm: Trials & Mass Torts
New Orleans, Louisiana

J. Wyndal Gordon
Attorney at Law
The Law Office of J. Wyndal Gordon, P.A.
Baltimore, Maryland

Aubrey “Nick” Pittman
Attorney at Law
The Pittman Law Firm, P.C.
Oklahoma City, Oklahoma

Honorable Robert C. “Bobby” Scott
U.S. Representative-VA 3rd Congressional District

Grasford W. Smith
Partner, Litigation
Akerman
West Palm Beach

Lakeila Stemmons
Executive Director
National Bar Association
Washington, District of Columbia

Kimberley Ann Ward
The Ward Legal Justice Group, PLLC
Detroit, Michigan

Supporting Student and Legal Educational Programs

Our initiatives aim to improve the administration of justice, promote high ethical standards for lawyers and judges, and support educational lectures, publications and scholarly writings.

Thanks to Our Sponsors for Their Continued Support

Our sponsors help the NBI provide grants, scholarships, and support to programs and law students that positively impact the diversity of the legal profession.

Some of the NBI’s largest supporters are Walmart, State Farm, FedEx, General Motors, NBA Commercial Law Section, and the Vinson & Elkins law firm.

Join and Invest in the Campaign for Equal Justice

Help the NBI to continue to fund and expand its programs to enhance the pipeline of diverse students.

As a 501(c)(3) federal tax-exempt non profit organization, contributions to the NBI are tax deductible.