Massachusetts Black Women Attorneys

Committed to the advancement of justice and equality for people of color
with a particular emphasis on black women and/or women of African descent.


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The Massachusetts Black Women Attorneys (MBWA) is a professional bar association committed to the advancement of justice and equality for people of color with a particular emphasis on black women and/or women of African descent. The MBWA seeks to eradicate sexism and racism in the legal profession, advance equal employment opportunities and provide its members a network to build, develop, and support their careers. The organization offers its members a forum to share knowledge and experiences as well as focus on issues of importance to the membership and the community. The MBWA promotes pro bono activities, community activism, and the successful balance of family and career obligations.

President's Welcome

Dear MBWA Members,

Thank you for your continued support and engagement. Although we are all facing challenging times due to the COVID-19 pandemic, MBWA remains resolute in our mission to advance Black women attorneys in the Commonwealth.  This program year is special because 2021 marks the 40th anniversary of the founding of MBWA.

In September, MBWA in collaboration with affinity bar partners, held a "Walk in Solidarity" for social change.  During the walk, I discussed the need for immediate and permanent change to create a more inclusive bar that acknowledges the experiences of black women attorneys. Additionally, during the walk, we issued a call to action for attorneys to pledge ten pro bono hours by February 15, 2021 to work on legal matters that impact communities of color. To learn more about the pledge, please view the featured event below.

We are thankful to the Black women attorneys who have broken barriers, and we are excited about the recent historical nominations at the local and national level, but we know firsthand that there is still more work to do.

We look forward to continuing to provide you with meaningful programs, and ways to stay connected to each other. If you have any questions or comments, please don’t hesitate to contact me at president@massblackwomenattorneys.org.

Warm regards,
Janette A. Ekanem, Esq. | MBWA President

Featured Event


Walk in Solidarity for Social Change
September 16, 2020

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