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
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 public finance, having served as bond counsel to multiple clients at the state, county and local level, as well as providing underwriter and trustee counsel services. Bakari also provides 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 funding programs, for public housing agencies and private developers alike. In addition, Bakari provides general counsel services to public and private entities involving a wide array of issues. He has represented various clients in redevelopment matters as well.
Bakari is an active advocate for education. In 2006, he was appointed by the Hudson County Board of Chosen Freeholders to the Board of Trustees for Hudson County Community College, and currently serves as Vice Chair, Chair of the Finance Committee and as the trustee liaison for commencement. Nationally, Bakari served as Chairman of the Board of Directors for the Association of Community College Trustees (ACCT). He also served as Chairman of the New Jersey Council of County Colleges (NJCCC), and served on its Executive Committee and as a Trustee Ambassador. 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.
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.