On behalf of the Executive Board of the Minority Bar Association of Western New York (MBAWNY), I wish to extend our gratitude for your continued support of this organization. I have the honor of serving as your President for the 2013 year. I am pleased to also introduce our 2013 Executive Board: Vice President, Ericka N. Bennett; Treasurer, Gary A. Wilson; Recording Secretary, Jennifer Metzger Kimura; Corresponding Secretary, Joel C. Moore; and Directors Leah A. Bouquard and Mary C. Chan. I am excited to work with this innovative group of legal professionals. These individuals, I am sure, will serve the MBAWNY with great distinction.
As part of my background, my deepest appreciation for this organization extends throughout my law school years. This organization impacted me not only through the mentorship of many of you, but also through the sponsorship of the continuation of my legal dreams by awarding me with a MBAWNY Commencement Award. It is these experiences that I know we can continue to provide to students in the year ahead.
I hope that we can continue with the foundation that has been set before us and continue to influence our communities and profession. I am positive that we can grow and enrich the lives of individuals around us throughout this year. This year we will continue with: the awesome work of the Recruitment and Retention Task Force; revitalize our Goldilocks Program for grammar school children to learn about the legal profession; and work with the law students with bar preparation, networking, and related clerkship opportunities. We will also participate with a clothing drive with Dress for Success Buffalo. Dress for Success is an established national organization in which a recipient receives business attire and career building workshops.
We cannot accomplish any of these without your active support. I encourage you to attend our monthly meetings. Our first meeting will be on Wednesday, January 16th, at 12:15pm at Harter Secrest & Emery, 12 Fountain Plaza, Suite 400, Buffalo, New York 14202. All visitors must sign in at security.
Thank you and we look forward to working with all of you.
Stephanie J. Calhoun