Rutgers University School of Law, J.D.
Florida A&M University, B.S.
State of New Jersey
State of New York
United States District Court - District of New Jersey
American Bar Association
National Association of Bond Lawyers
Omega Psi Phi Fraternity, Incorporated, and a Past Basileus (President), Jersey City Chapter
Social Action Chair, Mu Boulé, the northern New Jersey member-Boulé of Sigma Pi Phi Fraternity
Volunteer Program Administrator, Morristown Neighborhood House Rites of Passage Program
Vice-Chair of the Finance Committee, Board of Trustees for Hudson County Community College
Trustee Liaison for Commencement, Board of Trustees for Hudson County Community College
Board of Directors, Association of Community College Trustees
New Jersey Council of County Colleges
Moderator, Affordable Housing Panel, The Jersey City Summit for Real Estate Investment, 6.17.21
Keynote Speaker, Kente Graduation, Hudson County Community College, 12.7.20
Novogradic Conference, Miami - 2019 Affordable Housing Conference: Using RAD and the LIHTC, 1.19.19
Novogradic Conference, San Francisco - 2018 Credit and Bond Financing for Affordable Housing Conference, 5.16.18
Novogradic Conference, Philadelphia - 2018 RAD Public Housing Conference, 4.26.18
Bakari Lee is Interviewed on One on One with Steve Adubato - One on One with Steve Adubato; 11.05.14
Commencement Speech, Atlantic Cape Community College
Commencement Speech, Bergen Community College
Commencement Speech, Warren County Community College
Recognition & Award
Boy Scouts of America Whitney M. Young Service Award, 2015
Alumni Making a Difference, New Jersey Chapter of the Florida A&M University National Alumni Association, 2018
Honorary Associate of Arts degree, Atlantic Cape Community College
Bakari G. Lee’s primary practice area is special counsel services for affordable housing transactions involving low and moderate-income housing tax credits, the Rental Assistance Demonstration program and other federal, state and local financing programs, for public housing agencies and private developers alike. In recognition of this experience, Bakari was recently appointed to the Affordable Housing Advisory Council of the Federal Home Loan Bank of New York where he currently serves as Vice Chairman. Bakari has also served as bond counsel to multiple clients at the state, county and local level, as well as providing underwriter and trustee counsel services. In addition, Bakari provides general counsel services to public and private entities involving a wide array of issues. Bakari also serves as the firm's Chief Diversity Officer and is a member of the Executive Committee.
Bakari Lee is an active advocate for education. In 2006, he was appointed to the Board of Trustees for Hudson County Community College, and currently serves as Vice Chair and Chair of the Finance Committee. Nationally, Bakari served on the Board of Directors for the Association of Community College Trustees from 2011-18, on its Executive Committee from 2013-18 and as its Chair from 2016-17. He also served as Chair of the New Jersey Council of County Colleges from 2011-14 and served on its Executive Committee until 2018. Bakari was also awarded an honorary Associate of Arts degree by Atlantic Cape Community College for his work in the community college sector. Bakari has given commencement speeches at Warren County Community College, Bergen Community College and Atlantic Cape Community College and was recently recognized by NJCCC with its Ronald D. Winthers Community College Trustee Leadership Award.
Prior to joining McManimon, Scotland & Baumann in 2003, Bakari was a law clerk for the Honorable Darryl Dean Donohue of the Territorial Court of the Virgin Islands – St. Croix Division. Before joining the Territorial Court, he was a Senior Financial Analyst in the Animal Health Division of Pfizer, Inc. in positions of increasing responsibility, ultimately supporting the division’s business development and strategic planning initiatives.
Bakari is active in several social and civic organizations. He is a member of Omega Psi Phi Fraternity, Incorporated, and a Past Basileus (President) of the Jersey City Chapter. He is also a member of Mu Boulé, the northern New Jersey member-boulé of Sigma Pi Phi Fraternity, where he served as its inaugural Social Action Chair from 2010-20 and currently serves as Sire Archon. Bakari is also the Volunteer Program Administrator for the Morristown Neighborhood House Rites of Passage Program. He is also the proud recipient of the 2015 Boy Scouts of America Whitney M. Young Service Award and was recognized in 2018 by the New Jersey Chapter of the Florida A&M University National Alumni Association as an "Alumni Making a Difference".
Bakari Lee Awarded the ACCT 2023 Trustee Leadership Award for the Northeast Region
MS&B Member Bakari G. Lee has been awarded the Association of Community College Trustees (ACCT) 2023 Trustee Leadership Award for the Northeast Region.