President's Message

    Dear NSMBA Members, Partners, and Sponsors,

    It is with great pleasure, pride and excitement that I begin my secomd term as President of the Norman S. Minor Bar Association (NSMBA).

    Over the history of the organization, NSMBA has intentionally branded itself as the premier African-American legal organization in Northeast Ohio.  Furthermore, in recent years the organization has advanced diversity and inclusion in the legal profession; expanded services and benefits for members; initiated, renewed and strengthened relationships with community partners; increased scholarship opportunities for students; curated an informative Civil Rights continuing education program; become more technologically advanced; and significantly increased its treasury.  Our predecessors laid a solid foundation for the next generation of NSMBA leaders!  It is our goal to sustain the high standards set by previous administrations and lead this venerated organization to even greater heights over the next two years.

    To that end, we have strategically planned a dynamic two years!  Specifically, we will focus on membership, professional development, the diversity pipeline, connecting socially, cultivating community partnerships, fortifying infrastructure and increasing our treasury. 

    Accomplishing our goals requires the continued support of our members and a “spirit of cooperation”.  We will also need the ongoing support of our community partners and sponsors.  Accordingly, I encourage each of you to JOIN the organization online or by mail; ACTIVELY PARTICIPATE and SUPPORT NSMBA programs; and LEAD a committee, project, or initiative. 

    I am looking forward to a wonderfully cooperative and productive administration!

    Valissa Turner Howard, Esq., 2018 - 2020 President

    Upcoming Events

    Jun 1

    CMBA Annual Meeting

    Come cheer Marlon Primes on as he is installed as President of the CMBA

    Jun 1

    NBA President Meet and Greet

    Join Us to Welcome National Bar Association President Juan Thomas

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    Jul 14
    Oct 19

    The Greater Cleveland Law Expo

    The Greater Cleveland Law Expo is an excellent opportunity for students, community members, and pre-law advisors in the greater Cleveland community to learn more about law school and the legal profession.

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