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

Attorney Kevin Lindsey, MABL President, 2024-2025

Kevin Lindsey


Attorney Dana Mitchell, MABL's Immediate Past President, 2024-2025

Dana Mitchell

Immediate Past President 

Attorney Amanda Matchett, MABL Vice President, 2024-2025

Amanda Matchett

Vice President

Attorney Jules Porter, MABL Treasurer, 2024-2025

Jules Porter


Zaylore Stout, employment law attorney in Minnesota

Zaylore Stout


Attorney Jeremiah Allison, MABL Board of Directors

Jeremiah Allison

At-Large Director 

Attorney Lee Atakpu, MABL Board of Directors

Lee Atakpu

At-Large Director 

Attorney Rashanda Bruce, MABL Board of Directors

Rashanda Bruce

At-Large Director 

Attorney Shelley Carthen Watson, MABL Board of Directors

Shelley Carthen Watson

At-Large Director 

Attorney and Rep. Athena Hollins, MABL Board of Directors

Athena Hollins

At-Large Director 

Ian Taylor, Jr., a Board of Director for the Minnesota Association of Black Lawyers

Ian Taylor, Jr.

At-Large Director 

Law Student Braxton W. Thomas, MABL Board of Directors, Student Director

Braxton Thomas

Student Director - Mitchell Hamline School of Law

Law Student Patience McHenry, MABL Board of Directors, Student Director

Patience McHenry

Student Director - University of Minnesota School of Law

Law Student Aniyah Braveboy, MABL Board of Directors Student Director

Aniyah Braveboy

Student Director - University of St. Thomas School of Law