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Oct 5, 2022

RBBA announces Monroe County judicial candidate ratings

The Rochester Black Bar Association released its ratings of five judicial candidates seeking judgeships in Monroe County.

Oct 25, 2021

Rochester-area legal organizations announce judicial candidate evaluations

Two Rochester-area legal organizations have released their judicial candidate evaluations for upcoming elections.

Sep 20, 2018

RBBA rates three judicial candidates

The Rochester Black Bar Association (RBBA) has released the following ratings for three judicial candidates: State Supreme Court: Monroe County Court Judge Christopher Ciaccio, Highly Qualified, Highly Sensitive Rochester City Court: Michael Lopez, Highly Qualified, Highly Sensitive Monroe County Family Court: Zuleika Sheppard, Highly Qualified, Highly Sensitive The evaluations were organized in p[...]

Feb 2, 2018

RBBA president wants to develop new leaders

The new president of the Rochester Black Bar Association wants to mark the organization’s 25th anniversary with an effort to develop new leaders in the community. “I have a vision for the organization, for where we can go and how to become relevant in the community,” said Anthony Orphe, who was sworn in as RBBA president […]

Oct 19, 2017

Three bars join together to raise important discussion at CLE: diversity, inclusion and retention

On Sept. 25, the three local bar associations — The Monroe County Bar Association (MCBA), The Rochester Black Bar Association (RBBA) and The Greater Rochester Association for Women Attorneys (GRAWA) — hosted a CLE program titled “Diversity, Inclusion and Retention: Promoting Equality within the Legal Profession,” led by Duwaine Bascoe, Esq. The panelists were Kevin […]

Jun 19, 2017

Sheila Gaddis receives Bridge Builder Award

The Rochester Black Bar Association continues to demonstrate its dedication to building bridges and breaking down barriers in the community. The Bridge Builder Award, now in its seventh year, was presented to Sheila A. Gaddis on Thursday at a “Bridges to Success” networking event held at the First Federal Plaza. RBBA President Duwaine Bascoe (Woods […]

Aug 20, 2015

Advice for employers, employees about social media

As an employer, what avenues of social media can be used to learn about job applicants? Is an employee’s online comment (made on personal time from his home computer) about an employer protected under the National Labor Relations Act? How are post-employment references handled in a world where LinkedIn may contradict an employer’s evaluation? “A […]

Feb 13, 2015

Douglass and Anthony continue to inspire

Even though it has been more than 100 years since Frederick Douglass and Susan B. Anthony died, a lot of the causes they valiantly fought for are still issues today. Their spirts — in the forms of professional impersonators in period costumes — visited a group of attorneys Thursday for a tribute by the Rochester […]

Feb 12, 2015

Contributions of black attorneys highlight RBBA MLK program

They may not have known it before Thursday, but more than 200 students at Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. School No. 9 in the city of Rochester now know they have several role models nationally and right in their own community. Of course, they have all heard of the great man their school is named […]

Jan 28, 2015

RBBA turns leadership over to Aaron Frazier

Aaron T. Frazier, like his immediate predecessors, has ambitious plans for his one-year term as president of the Rochester Black Bar Association. One of the bigger goals is to get people of color elected to some of the higher courts in the Seventh Judicial District such as family, county and supreme courts. “The Rochester City […]

May 26, 2014

On the Town: RBBA families attend first ‘Meet and Greet’

Members of the Rochester Black Bar Association took time out May 17 to get to know each other a little better during their first Family Meet and Greet. President Fatimat O. Reid said about 40 people attended the special event at the PathStone/Sibley House on East Avenue. “Everyone had a fantastic time, including my three […]

May 21, 2014

RBBA rates judicial candidates

The Rochester Black Bar Association has released the rating results of evaluation of three candidates seeking judicial office for Rochester City Court and one candidate seeking the Monroe County Surrogate’s Court judgeship. Monroe County Surrogate’s Court • The Hon. John M. Owens — Highly qualified; low sensitivity Rochester City Court • Leticia D. Astacio — […]

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