Our Mission

The mission of the Minnesota Association of Black Lawyers is to

  • Promote and support the professional development of Black lawyers, judges, and law students in Minnesota;
  • Address the legal issues affecting the Black community in Minnesota; and
  • Advance education, excellence, and racial equity in the pursuit of justice.

Amended on February 26, 2018

MABL Founders

MABL was founded in September 1995 by a group of African American lawyers who believed in the principles of the National Bar Association and wanted to extend those principles by establishing a local chapter of the NBA in Minnesota.

Our Legacy

MABL was founded in September 1995. During its relatively short but storied history, MABL members have served in several legal capacities ranging from service on the Minnesota Supreme Court, Chief Judge of the Minnesota Court of Appeals, Chief Judge of the Hennepin County Family Court, federal and state court judges, administrative law judges, magistrates, referees, federal, state, county, and city prosecutors and U.S. Attorney for the District of Minnesota.

MABL members are also well represented throughout Minnesota in private practice, with some members comprising the largest minority-controlled law firm in the Midwest. Members of the organization have been honored as "Up and Coming" attorneys in Minnesota by Minnesota's leading periodical devoted exclusively to lawyers; others have been identified as "Super Lawyers" and "Rising Stars" by other leading publications, as well. In addition, various judges have been recognized for their judicial expertise, their commitment and dedication to service, among other things.

The continuing need to address issues encountered by Black attorneys, other attorneys of color, and minority communities does not disappear. Accordingly, included among the many purposes of MABL are the steadfast convictions of promoting and supporting the professional development of Black lawyers in Minnesota, the education of Black students desiring to enter the legal profession, and the education of Black citizens regarding issues pertaining to the American judicial system.

MABL Bylaws

MABL's Board of Directors

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Uzodima Frank Aba-Onu

President

Amran Farah

Amran Farah 

Immediate Past President 

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Dana Mitchell

Vice President

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Taylor Moore-Willis

Treasurer

Athena Hollins

Athena Hollins

Secretary 

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Francis Green

At-Large Director 

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Lateef Ledbetter

At-Large Director 

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Pharaoh Lewis

At-Large Director 

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Jules Porter

At-Large Director 

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Gloria Stamps-Smith

At-Large Director 

Ryan Franklin

Ryan Franklin 

Student Director - Mitchell Hamline School of Law

Develyn Ferguson

Develyn Ferguson

Student Director - University of Minnesota Law School 

Jesse Addo

Jesse Addo

Student Director - University of St. Thomas School of Law