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Northern virginia black attorneys association


about us

The Northern Virginia Black Attorneys Association (NOVABAA) serves as a positive voice and professional legal association for a diverse group of attorneys, particularly, African American attorneys, judges, law professors and law students in Northern Virginia. NOVABAA works to promote issues important to the African American legal community and to improve professional opportunities for members and the broader legal community.

NOVABAA strives to be a leader on social, cultural, political and legal issues within the Northern Virginia community. NOVABAA encourages and seeks to have a diverse membership to include attorneys, judges, law professors, and law students of all races who share common interests and goals of strengthening the Northern Virginia legal community.

2021 - 23 NOVABAA Officers

President - Rex Flynn

Vice President - Lindsay Powell

Secretary - Kiara Swinton

Treasurer - Chidinma Harley

2021 - 23 Committee Chairs

Archives - Antwoine Coleman / Leon Stern
Black History Month -  Willie Wilson-Herring
BLSA Liaison - Cameron Williams
Bylaws - Robert Bryan
CLE - Kellie Budd
Community Service - Michael Chick / Marcia Payne
Criminal Justice Diversity Liaison - Lavonda Graham-Williams
Health and Wellness - Melanie Wright
Judicial Selection - Rex Flynn / Keith Minson
Local and Specialty Bar Liaison - Kiah Spinks
Membership - Aubrey Carew Sizer
Mentorship - Hasina Lewis
NAACP Liaison / Social Justice - Makan Shirafkin
Northern Virginia Black Chamber of Commerce Liaison - Amber Orr
Parliamentarian - Andrew Clarke
Professional Development - Chanel Jackson
Social - Synda Mark
Website - Patricia Donkor

  who we are

NOVABAA includes attorneys, judges, students, professors and other law-related professionals working both in the public and private sector and practicing in several areas of the law, including but not limited to criminal and commercial litigation, administrative, family, immigration, business and corporate, insurance defense, medical malpractice, real estate, maritime, international, personal injury, land use/zoning law, among others.

  our history

NOVABAA was chartered in 1984 by approximately 10-12 members, seeking to support each other in their different paths and practices as attorneys throughout Northern Virginia. At the time, there were no African American judges in Northern Virginia, and local opportunities to serve in Bar Associations were quite limited. NOVABAA's aim was to consolidate the mutual experiences of its members as well as to coordinate with and support each other as they progressed in their respective practices.  Today, many of these founding members are in the judiciary (or have recently retired from the judiciary), with many others being recognized as eminently respected in the profession.


NOVABAA aims to meet the needs for African Americans living within Northern Virginia, or having matters in Northern Virginia Courts by zealously advocating for them every step along the way.  NOVABAA maintains the concurrent goal of advancing the professional interests of African American attorneys in the practice of law in Northern Virginia through its aggressive advocacy for its members.

  Social Media

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 Interaction with like-minded practitioners and members of the judiciary
 Enrollment in the NOVABAA Listserv, updating you with current happenings, events and programs
 Access to recent and exclusive job listings
 Discounts to NOVABAA co-sponsored activities
 Listing in the NOVABAA Directory and Lawyer Referral Program

northern virginia black attorneys association


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