About Us

Greetings from our president

It is with great joy and excitement that I welcome you on behalf of the 2022-2023 Advisory and Executive Boards of the Barristers’ Association of Philadelphia, Inc. to our website!

The Barristers’ Association of Philadelphia was established to serve as a proactive organization aimed at combating racial discrimination against Black lawyers, particularly regarding bar admission. Since its inception, the Barristers’ Association has become a juggernaut in the Philadelphia legal community and the organization continues to make an impact on issues surrounding racial discrimination and inequality in the legal community and beyond.

Last year, the Barristers’ Association proved that “the best of being Black is yet to come.” At a time where we witnessed the appointment and confirmation of Supreme Court Justice Ketanji Brown-Jackson; it has never been clearer that the best of being Black is certainly yet to come.

This year, the organization will build on those accomplishments by providing enriching seminars, scholastic endowments, and community service. It has been said that “we make a living by what we get, but we make a life by what we give.”

In giving back to the community, the Barristers’ Association is committed to engaging and advocating for individuals that are often overlooked, forgotten, and disadvantaged, simply based on the color of their skin, socioeconomic status, or gender.

Yours in service,

Jahlee Hatchett

President 2022- 2023

OUR MISSION

Today, The Barristers’ Association of Philadelphia, Inc. continues to provide a very important and unique role for its members by providing a forum for discussion and dissemination of information of matters of particular interest to Black attorneys and the Philadelphia Black community at large.

Our membership now encompasses a network of approximately 1,000 lawyers and jurists who serve society at the highest positions in both the private and public sectors of the legal profession.

As an affiliate of the National Bar Association, the Barristers’ Association is an active participant in a community of practicing Black lawyers, judges and law students in all 50 states and the District of Columbia.

The Barristers’ Association’s structure consists of an Executive Committee and an Advisory Board. The Executive Committee is responsible for the operation of the organization and is composed of elected officers and appointed members. The Advisory Board, which is made up of distinguished members of the legal profession, provides advice and counsel to the Executive Committee.

OUR HISTORY

MEET OUR BOARD MEMBERS

Take some time to meet our Executive Board

Jahlee Hatchett

President

Kristin Johnson

President-elect

Adara Combs

Immediate Past President

Salena Jones

VP of Administration

Courtney Richardson

VP of Finance

Anwar Abdur Rahman

Treasurer

Shahirah Brown

Corresponding Secretary

Nikia Clark

Recording Secretary

Najah Jacobs

Elected Member

Adesola Adegbesan

Elected Member

Hermionne Cadet

Appointed Member

Samantha Williams

Appointed Member

Steven Bryson

Appointed Member

ADVISORY BOARD

*Former President, Barristers’ Association of Philadelphia, Inc.

Sherrell Dandy

Monique Myatt Galloway*

U.S. General Services Administration

Damian Jackson

Reilly, Janiczek, McDevitt, Henrich & Cholden, P.C.

Kevin Mincey*

Mincey Fitzpatrick Ross LLC

Deborah Watson-Stokes

Office of the District Attorney

Rhonda Hill Wilson

The Law Offices of Rhonda Hill Wilson

Nadege Tandoh

Ade Galloway

Clear Channel

Charles M. Gibbs*

Mcmonagle, Perri, Mchugh, Mischak & Davis

Carlton Johnson

Archer Law

The Honorable Karen Y. Simmons

Philadelphia Municipal Court

V. Amanda Witts

Our sponsors

Interested in becoming a sponsor?
Our signature programs and scholarships are a great opportunity to give back.

Current Law Students Enjoy Free Membership