The National Association of Bench and Bar Spouses, Incorporated (NABBS, Inc.) is a not-for-profit organization comprised of the spouses and surviving spouses of members of the National Bar Association, and members of other Bars within the United States of America and its territories.
The purpose of the Organization shall be to execute charitable and/or educational endeavors. The Organization shall promote a closer union among spouses and surviving spouses of lawyers and judges on local, national and international levels. It shall also foster such activities designed to enhance the prestige of the legal profession through educational, civic, cultural, and social activities.
Founded in 1951 in St. Louis, Missouri
Incorporated in 1953 in the District of Columbia
Federal Tax Exemption in 1982
Name changed from National Barristers' Wives to National Association of Bench and Bar Spouses, Inc. 1987
Life Member of the NAACP
Winner of the NAACP Golden Heritage Award
The NABBS 70ᵗʰ Annual Convention (Virtual) is a multi-day event starting on Friday, July 23 and completing on Tuesday, July 27. You can view the full schedule, read speaker biographies, and register below.
Greetings from the President
It is with great anticipation that I look forward to the 96thAnnual Convention of the National Bar Association and the 70th NABBS Inc. Convention.
My what a year it has been! We endured a world wide pandemic, social unrest on a global scale, attacks on our democratic process, and a renewed awareness of social injustice and police brutality in our country. Yet, as Maya Angelou says, “Still I Rise”. We saw a Woman of Color become the first female elected as Vice President of the United States.
The year 2020-2021 will go down as a benchmark for the organization as the pandemic made us think more creatively and increase our digital outreach to members. The words virtual and Zoom became household words. As the NABBS Inc. organization, we were able to strengthen our relationship with the NBA including a virtual meeting with the NBA President, Madam CK Hoffler. We were able to work effectively with our Regional Directors on recruiting efforts and established procedures to respond to our membership.
During the convention, I personally invite you to participate in our health and educational workshops where speakers and panelist will address the major issues which concern us as a people. I would like to also thank all those who have assisted NABBS Inc. and the NABBS Foundation during this year and look forward to seeing you in person in Memphis next year.
Welcome to our Virtual 96th NBA Annual Convention and our 70th NABBS Inc. Convention!
Dr. Gerard Guerin, D.P.M.
NABBS, Inc. President
As President, I extend warm greetings to the members, families, and friends of the National Association of Bench and Bar Spouses Foundation. I welcome you to celebrate and support our 70th National Convention Virtual in conjunction with the National Bar Association’s 96th Annual Convention and Exhibits Virtual.
Our commitment to positive community impact has remained steadfast throughout the numerous challenges our country has faced over the past year. NABBS Foundation responded through resolute redress to sustain our efforts as an organization to improve the lives of those in our community. Our programs, which are implemented through National Service, Educational Forums, Contemporary Health Initiatives, and Legal Education Scholarships are stronger and our partnerships are invaluable to our community and future generations.
We look forward to spending time with you during our 70th Annual Convention Virtual, as we have planned curated keynote speakers to address Contemporary Health Issues and Trends. It has been a pleasure working with each of you over the past year. Your accomplishments have been impressive, and the foundation’s legacy is enhanced by your professionalism and dedication to advancing the organizations mission. Our national theme “Together We Can,” is evident in your teamwork and will be highlighted in all our convention events as we strive to put our best, as an organization forward.
President | NABBS Foundation
It is with great excitement that we welcome you to the 70thAnnual NABBS convention and the 96th Annual National Bar Association Convention and Exhibits.
It has been a tremendous honor to serve as Co-Chairs for this NABBS’ convention. We will once again host a virtual convention and it will be delivered via the ZOOM meeting platform with participation also available via conference call. We look forward to a productive and successfully convention and invite each of you to participate, and most importantly, become more involved.
Our schedule of activities was prepared with you in mind. It is our hope that you find our convention informative, memorable and fun; even virtually! Please plan to attend our business meetings, health forums sponsored by our Foundation, and all other zoom activities. Being virtual, you can attend the convention in the comforter of your home and it will only heighten the experience. You are an integral member of our journey of planning and executing the activities of this convention.
We offer a special “thank you” to all who will attend and sincerely appreciation and thank our NABBS, Inc. and NABBS Foundation Board Members who have graciously donated their time and skills. We would also like to personally thank the NBA for their unconditional support and guidance.
“What we do, we do well; what we don’t do well, we don’t do at all.”
Dr. Thomas F. Freeman
Legendary Texas Southern University (TSU) Debate Coach
Please join us!
Jacquelyn Pierre and Ja’nice Sparks
Our national officers are committed to providing you with top notch information and support. We approach every member and issue with a focus on integrity, advocacy, and understanding.
Spouses and surviving spouses of members of the National Bar Association, and members of other Bars within the United States of America and its territories are welcome.
NABBS Foundation is a 501(c)(3) entity organized exclusively for charitable purposes. The Foundation is the philanthropic arm of the National Association of Bench and Bar Spouses, Inc.
Contact us to find out more about membership, volunteer opportunities, or starting a chapter in your community.