Please join us for the CDBHBA annual holiday party at Angel’s Cafe for delicious soul food including fried and baked chicken, fried fish, green beans, macaroni and cheese, sweet yams, chocolate cake, sweet potato pie and non-alcoholic beverages. One alcoholic beverage is included in the ticket price. Cash bar.
We are collecting toys for donation to organizations that serve minority children so please bring an unwrapped gift if you wish to participate.
Space is limited! The cost is $15 for CDBHBA members and $20 for non-members and $10 for law students. Please send your check to CDBHBA, PO Box 5252, Albany, NY 12205 or use eventbrite link at:….  Please  RSVP by Monday, December 7, 2015.
Hosted by Capital District Black and Hispanic Bar Association

Cinco De Mayo

Please join us for a networking event to celebrate Cinco de Mayo on 5/5/15 at 5:30pm at Mexican Radio, 325 State Street, Schenectady, New York

CDBHBA will provide appetizers.  Cash bar.  Hope you will join us!

Nominations Committee


On behalf of the officers and board members of the Capital District Black and Hispanic Bar Association (CDBHBA), to members and attorneys that support our efforts to advocate for our growing population.

It is that time of the year to elect the CDBHBA slate of officers and directors for 2015-16. The Nominating Committee is comprised of:

Frank Munoz (Chair)
Clotelle Drakeford,
Helena Heath,
Shontell Smith,
Margie Soehl,

The slate of candidates will be voted on at our next General body meeting/Holiday party to be held at Will Little’s home on December 17, 2014 (more details TBA).

While we have a nucleus of strong contributors on the board whose main focus is strengthening the organization and working to realize our potential, we recognize that this is best achieved with a full and energetic board that includes new ideas and contributions. We urge you to seriously consider applying for any of the 11 board positions listed below.

By Monday December 1st, please express your interest to any of the members of the Nominating Committee mentioned above or address your interest directly to Nominations Committee Chair Frank Munoz at or at CDBHBA, P.O. Box 5252, Albany, NY 12205. A brief bio with an explanation of interest should be included in your email.

We encourage your participation by applying for a board position or committing to be an active CDBHBA member. Thank you for your previous and future contributions.
Officer Positions
(Please see page 5&6 of the Bylaws attached for a description of the duties/responsibilities of each position

1st Vice president
2nd Vice President
Board of Directors (Six seats)


Will Little, President
Frank Munoz, Nominations Committee Chair

Reception Honoring Judge Jenny Rivera and Judge Sheila Abdus-Salaam of the New York State Court of Appeals

Dear Members:

Please don’t forget to reserve your seat for our upcoming event.

WHAT: Reception Honoring Judge Jenny Rivera and Judge Sheila Abdus-Salaam of the New York State Court of Appeals

WHEN: Thursday, June 5, 2014, from 5:30 p.m. to 8:00 p.m.
WHERE: New York State Bar Association Great Hall, One Elk Street, Albany, NY
DETAILS: This event is hosted by the Capital District Black and Hispanic Bar Association (CDBHBA) and is co-sponsored by the Albany County Bar Association (ACBA), the Capital District Women’s Bar Association (CDWBA), the New York State Bar Association (NYSBA) and the Schenectady County Bar Association (SCBA).

A light dinner buffet and beverages will be served. The cost to attend is $35 for non-members, $25 for members and $5.00 for law students.

To Purchase your Tickets visit:


Please join us on April 9th at 6pm at the NYSBA for a Board Meeting.  Hope to see you there!

NYSBA, 1 Elk Street, Albany, NY 12207

General Membership Meeting April 5

Please join us for a general membership meeting on Thursday, April 5th at 6pm, at the New York State Bar Association, One Elk Street in Albany.  Lillian Moy of The Legal Aid Society of Northeastern New York and Lisa Frisch of The Legal Project will be speaking on their respective programs and the pro bono opportunities they offer. Come and learn how you can get involved!


Welcome to the Capital District Black & Hispanic Bar Association (“CDBHBA”) website! Here you will find information about our organization, recent events in our community, job listings and developments in the law.

General body meetings take place every other month from September to May, usually at the State Bar Association Building in Albany.  Check our “Events” page for news on upcoming events and photos from previous events. 

Please consider joining the CDBHBA, where you can:

  • expand your social and professional network
  • participate in professional development activities, and
  • be a part of community service/pro bono opportunities.

In recent months, the CDBHBA has participated in several youth and the law days at Albany High School,  hosted several community guest speakers at their bi-montly meetings, and hosted a Cinco de Mayo minority networking event.

We are a committed group of professionals, providing legal services in the public and private sectors as well as support for our broader community. Explore the site and learn more!

Please also “like” us on facebook! Search for “Capital District Black and Hispanic Bar Associaiton”.