CABL President


President’s Message


Camille Y. Townsend
CABL President, 2016-2017

I am truly honored and privileged to be installed as the 40th President of CABL. I take on the role of President with enthusiasm, humility and with an earnest promise to continue CABL’s great traditions.

For the 2016-2017 year, CABL’s theme is “The Ties That Bind: Community Consciousness in the Legal Profession.” This theme is inspired by the strength and tradition of service of those who have come before us, as well as community leaders who have paved the way for today and the future. The theme also embraces the aspirations of rising generations, including the mission and charge for this year’s board. The mission of service is the tie that binds generation-to-generation – and it is a constant mission that draws us all to a common purpose beyond our chosen professions.

This year, in furtherance of CABL’s theme, “The Ties That Bind: Community Consciousness in the Legal Profession,” CABL will continue to build on its longstanding goals including impacting laws and diversifying the bench, but CABL will also reinvigorate its community efforts by taking on the following projects: 1) tackling the vast homelessness issues in our communities by providing care packs for the homeless; 2) developing its necessary mentorship initiatives by forming a job shadow program for high school juniors at inner city schools; 3) adopting a less fortunate family in our community by providing a grocery scholarship for six months in partnership with GroceryShips; and 4) participating in Election Protection given this year’s historic, but contentious election, and to ensure that voter rights are not abridged. This year, we will also reignite our efforts toward providing MCLEs to students and legal professionals, as well as producing an annual newsletter.

The 2016-2017 CABL Officers and Board Members are talented and energetic; I have no doubt that their effort and commitment will ensure that CABL reaches its goals this year and continues the organization’s great efforts.

As we embark on this mission of service and labor of love, and as we celebrate our 40th year, we ask for your support. To learn more about our programming for this year, and for more information about our 2017 CABL Conference and 40th Anniversary Celebration in Los Angeles, please visit us at We encourage you to pay your dues and join us as we change our community. We need you and look forward to serving alongside each and every one of you!

Camille Y. Townsend
2016-2017 President
California Association of Black Lawyers