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On the Town: RBBA celebrates 2015 officers

The Hon. Caroline Morrison, left, swears in the Executive Board of the Rochester Black Bar Association for the 2015 term at the old Heritage House in Rochester on Friday. Vasiliy Baziuk

The Hon. Caroline Morrison, left, swears in the Executive Board of the Rochester Black Bar Association for the 2015 term at the old Heritage House in Rochester on Friday. Vasiliy Baziuk

The 2015 officers of the Rochester Black Bar Association were ceremoniously sworn in Friday during a meet-and-greet reception at the old Heritage House.

Administering the oath of office was Rochester City Court Judge Caroline Morrison.

Aaron T. Frazier, an associate at Harris Beach PLLC, will serve as president. He took office on Jan. 1. Other new officers are President-elect Shani C. Mitchell, an assistant district attorney in the Monroe County District Attorney’s Office; Vice President of Programs Duwaine T. Bascoe, an associate in the Litigation Department, Woods Oviatt Gilman LLP; Vice President of Membership Robert P. Turner, solo practitioner; Treasurer Brittany A. Jones, an assistant appellate court attorney, state Supreme Court, Appellate Division, Fourth Department; Secretary Maria Reed, lead attorney for Fulton, Friedman & Gullace LLP; and Parliamentarian LaMarr J. Jackson, a partner at Harris, Chesworth, O’Brien, Johnstone & Welch LLP.

Also on the Executive Board are: Fatimat O. Reid, immediate past president, associate counsel to the Rochester City School District; the Hon. Roy W. King, former City Court judge, and Melissa Barrett, associate court attorney, Rochester City Court, as awards and scholarship reception co-chairs; Sara Valencia, municipal attorney, city of Rochester, and Michael Lopez, an assistant public defender in the Monroe County Public Defender’s Office, as Judicial Evaluation Committee co-chairs; T. Andrew Brown, Rochester corporation counsel, and Langston D. McFadden, partner with The Law Offices of Pullano & Farrow PLLC, will serve as a delegates to the National Bar Association; Jennifer Wright, Pullano & Farrow, director of education; Chenoa Maye, private practitioner, director of nominations; and Amber J. Diem, admissions data processor at SUNY Buffalo Law School, will serve as director of communications.

Photos by Vasiliy Baziuk

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Melissa Barrett, Chris Thomas and Karen Bailey Turner.

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Fatimat Reid, the Hon. Caroline Morrison, Shani Mitchell, Tynise Edwards and Sara Valencia.

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Maritza Buitrago, Karen Bailey Turner, Nico Lopez, Sandra Williams and Michael Lopez.

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The Hon. Caroline Morrison and Aaron Frazier.

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Nicole Harris, Brittany Jones, Nikki Intschert, Amber Diem and Maria Reed.

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Robert Turner, Katerina Kramarchyk and Adrian Neil.

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Chenoa Maye, Regina Maye and Brittany Jones.

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Duwaine Bascoe, Antonette Price and Gregory Salmon.