Calendar of Events


Upcoming Events

MAY 11, 2017

OWBA and OWBF Annual Meeting and Conference

The Ohio Women's Bar Association (OWBA) and the Ohio Women's Bar Foundation (OWBF) Annual Meeting and Conference, featuring two Fortune 500 General Counsels, Lucy Helm, Executive Vice President and General Counsel of Starbucks, and Carrie Hightman, Executive Vice President and Chief Legal Counsel of NiSource, Inc.  The conference will be hosted at the Nationwide Hotel and Conference Center (Lewis Center, Ohio) on May 11-12, and will include 5.5 hours of CLE approved sessions, the annual Honoring Women in Government Reception (evening of May 11) and Annual Meeting Luncheon (May 12).

Visit the website at www.owba.org/AnnualConfernece for more information and to register.

Press Release - http://www.nsmba.org/cm/cm_uploads/files/OWBA%20Helm%20%20Hightman%20Media%20Press%20Release%20FINAL.pdf

  • Starts: May 11, 2017 at 12:00 AM
  • Location: Nationwide Hotel and Conference Center
MAY 12, 2017

MLK High School US Attorney Field Trip and Mock Trial

  • Starts: May 12, 2017 at 12:00 AM
  • Location: Carl B. Stokes Federal Courthouse
MAY 13, 2017

Legal Aid Brief Advice Clinic - Law in the Library

Volunteers are needed to staff Legal Aid Brief Advice Clinics on the morning of May 14, 2017 at the Woodland Library Branch.  Please contact Crystal Bryant for more information and to volunteer.

  • Starts: May 13, 2017 at 12:00 AM
  • Location: Woodland Branch
JUNE 15, 2017

Cleveland Food Bank Service Project

  • Starts: June 15, 2017 at 12:00 AM
  • Location: Cleveland Food Bank
JUNE 25, 2017

Run for the Future 5K/1 Mile

 

 

  • Starts: June 25, 2017 at 12:00 AM
  • Location: Metroparks Zoo
JULY 16, 2017

34th Annual National Black Prosecutors Association Conference

  • Starts: July 16, 2017 at 12:00 AM
  • Location: Cleveland
JULY 29, 2017

92nd Annual NBA Conference

  • Starts: July 29, 2017 at 12:00 AM
  • Location: Toronto
AUGUST 25, 2017

2nd Annual Charity Bowling Challenge

  • Starts: August 25, 2017 at 12:00 AM
  • Location: TBD
SEPTEMBER 16, 2017

2nd Annual Law Student Summit

  • Starts: September 16, 2017 at 12:00 AM
  • Location: Tucker Ellis LLP
SEPTEMBER 27, 2017

National Voter Registration Day

  • Starts: September 27, 2017 at 12:00 AM
  • Location: TBD
OCTOBER 27, 2017

Annual Trailblazer Luncheon

  • Starts: October 27, 2017 at 11:30 AM
  • Location: Cleveland Downtown Marriott
NOVEMBER 4, 2017

Legal Aid Brief Advice Clinic - Law in the Library

Volunteers are needed to staff Legal Aid Brief Advice Clinics on the morning of November 4, 2017 at the Union Library Branch.  Please contact Crystal Bryant for more information and to volunteer.

  • Starts: November 4, 2017 at 12:00 AM
  • Location: Union Branch
NOVEMBER 15, 2017

General Body Meeting, Election and Happy Hour

  • Starts: November 15, 2017 at 5:30 PM
  • Location: TBD

Past Events

APRIL 20, 2017

National Bar Association Region VI Conference

Registration - https://www.eventbrite.com/e/2017-national-bar-association-region-vi-conference-tickets-30509183790?aff=es2

The programming will provide an opportunity to earn continuing legal education credits and network while enjoying the opening weekend of the two-week Kentucky Derby Festival! The weekend will kick-off on Thursday, April 20, 2017, with the Charles W. Anderson, Jr. Bar Association's Third Annual Awards Dinner. On Friday morning, April 21, 2017, the NBA's Corporate Law Section will host the 2017 Gateway to Success Conference, while the Region VI activities will begin in the afternoon. The NBA Region VI Met Life Martin Luther King, Jr. Drum Major for Justice Oral Advocacy and Essay Competition will be held Saturday afternoon. The weekend will conclude Saturday evening with a viewing party of Thunder Over Louisville (TM), the largest fireworks display in the United States, which is the kick-off event for the Derby Festival.

Hotel reservations at the Hyatt Regency Louisville may madat https://aws.passkey.com/go/nbaregionviconference or by calling 1-888-421-1442 and requesting the National Bar Association Region VI Conference rate ($169 per night).

APRIL 14, 2017

CM Law BLSA Banquet

http://www.nsmba.org/cm/cm_uploads/files/BLSA%202017%20Banquet.pdf

APRIL 8, 2017

Legal Aid Law in the Library Brief Advice Clinic

Volunteers are needed to staff Legal Aid Brief Advice Clinics on the mornings of April 8, 2017 at the Hough Library Branch.  Please contact Crystal Bryant for more information and to volunteer.

APRIL 7, 2017

MLK High School Career Shadow Day

MLK High School 11th and 12th graders will shadow NSMBA attorney in traditional and non-traditional careers.  

 

8a - 1p with Lunch provided by NSMBA

 

Contact Crystal Bryant no later than March 24, 2017 to volunteer!

 

 

APRIL 3, 2017

CMBA Bench Bar Memorial Program

The 2017 Annual Greater Cleveland Bench-Bar Memorial Program will be held 

Monday, April 3, at 12:00 p.m., noon in Courtroom 19-A of the Carl B. Stokes U.S. Courthouse at 801 West Superior Avenue, Cleveland.  The program will pay tribute to attorneys and judges from Cleveland and Cuyahoga County who passed away in 2016 (January 1, 2016 - December 31, 2016) and had devoted their lives to upholding the rule of law and the highest standards of the community.

  • Among other attorneys and judges, NSMBA members Fred Charles Crosby, Lori Laisure and the Honorable Ed Wade will be honored.
MARCH 30, 2017

National Summit of Black Women Lawyers

Norman S. Minor Bar Association is a Partner for the National Summit of Black Women Lawyers. As a Partner we are committed to promoting this event and encouraging our members to attend the Summit.  For more information go to http://bwla.org/events/national-summit/.  NSMBA has several registration slots for the Summit.  If you are interested in attending please contact Valissa Howard at President@nsmba.org.

 

MARCH 15, 2017

General Body Meeting and Happy Hour

DECEMBER 16, 2016

Holiday CLE and Party

 

 

 

DECEMBER 9, 2016

Meet and Match, A Social Event

NOVEMBER 30, 2016

The Business of Law: Building Brand in a Crowded Legal Market CLE

NOVEMBER 16, 2016

November 16, 2016 General Body Meeting

 

 

NOVEMBER 16, 2016

The Road to Exoneration: Litigating Wrongful Conviction Cases CLE and Happy Hour

OCTOBER 28, 2016

NSMBA Annual Trailblazer Luncheon

NSMBA Annual Trailblazer Luncheon

SEPTEMBER 27, 2016

National Voter Registration Day

In 2008, 6 million Americans didn’t vote because they missed a registration deadline or didn’t know how to register. In 2016, we want to make sure no one is left out. On September 27, 2016, volunteers, celebrities, and organizations from all over the country will “hit the streets” for National Voter Registration Day. This single day of coordinated field, technology and media efforts will create pervasive awareness of voter registration opportunities–allowing us to reach tens of thousands of voters who we could not reach otherwise.

In 2015 Cleveland VOTES, organized and coordinated events for National Voter Registration Day in partnership with the Cuyahoga County Board of Election and other stakeholders in Cleveland. In partnership with Cuyahoga County Board of Elections created and provided over 40 voter engagement toolkits (which included all voter essentials (i.e. voter registration cards and educational materials) and SWAG (i.e. table clothes, balloons and candy) for participating site partners.

In 2016, Cleveland VOTES will partner with the Norman S. Minor Bar Association to recruit volunteers to participate in National Voter Registration Day activities.

SEPTEMBER 17, 2016

Law Student Summit for Success

SEPTEMBER 10, 2016

Law in the Library - Norman S. Minor Bar Association Brief Advice Clinic - Glenville Branch of the Cleveland Public Library

Law in the Library - Norman S. Minor Bar Association Brief Advice Clinic - Glenville Branch of the Cleveland Public Library

AUGUST 26, 2016

NSMBA Charity Bowling Challenge

JULY 16, 2016

National Bar Association 91st Annual Convention and Exhibits

National Bar Association 91st Annual Convention and Exhibits

JULY 7, 2016

Panel Discussion and Cocktail Hour hosted by Jones Day

Panel Discussion and Cocktail Hour hosted by Jones Day

 

 

Register today at www.classy.org/SummerPanel

JUNE 28, 2016

Diverse Bar Associations Summer Social

JUNE 26, 2016

NSMBA Run for the Future! 5K/1 Mile Walk/Run

Come have a fun-filled family day at the Zoo and "Run for the Future"! Join us as we run, walk, and raise funds for educational scholarships for minority students, all while enjoying family and friends at the Zoo!

The event registration fee includes Zoo admission for arrivals during event hours and before 10:00a.m.. It also includes discounted Zoo admission fees for spectators and children!  Register Now!

All proceeds raised will directly benefit local minority high school, college and law school students who are interested in pursuing careers in the legal field. Additional donations to the The Norman S. Minor Bar Scholarship Fund to support student scholarships are welcome.

Help us invest in the future with Family Day at the Zoo! 

Click here for information about sponsorship opportunities.

JUNE 16, 2016

Greater Cleveland Foodbank Community Service Event

NSMBA members will help sort and repack nonperishable food that is later distributed to local food pantries, soup kitchens, and shelters. 8-10 Volunteers needed!

MAY 20, 2016

CMBA Diversity and Inclusion Conference

CMBA Diversity and Inclusion Conference. Go to CMBA website for more information.

MAY 13, 2016

MLK High School's 3Rs Field Trip to Stokes Federal Courthouse

Join NSMBA as we co-sponsor 3Rs students from MLK High School for the annual field trip to the Stokes Federal Courthouse and Chief U.S. District Court Judge Oliver’s Courtroom.  Volunteers are needed to help the students. 

APRIL 28, 2016

OSBA Symposium on Race and Its Effect on the Practice of Law

OSBA Symposium on Race and Its Effect on the Practice of Law

APRIL 21, 2016

NSMBA Women of Color CLE: Strengthsfinder (R) Workshop featuring Erica Merritt

NSMBA Women of Color CLE: Strengthsfinder (R) Workshop featuring Erica Merritt

 

APRIL 16, 2016

University of Akron Black Law Student Association Annual Banquet

University of Akron Black Law Student Association Annual Banquet

APRIL 15, 2016

Cleveland-Marshall College of Law Black Law Student Association Annual Banquet

Cleveland-Marshall College of Law Black Law Student Association Annual Banquet

APRIL 9, 2016

Legal Aid Brief Advice & Referral Clinic - Norman S. Minor Bar Association

Brief Advice & Referral Clinic at the Hough Branch of the Cleveland Public Library

APRIL 4, 2016

Cleveland Metropolitan Bar Association Bench Bar Memorial Program

Cleveland Metropolitan Bar Association Bench Bar Memorial Program

The 2016 Annual Greater Cleveland Bench-Bar Memorial Program will be held Monday, April 4, at noon in the atrium of the Howard M. Metzenbaum U.S. Courthouse at 201 Superior Avenue, Cleveland.  The program will pay tribute to attorneys and judges from Cleveland and Cuyahoga County who passed away in 2015 and had devoted their lives to upholding the rule of law and the highest standards of the community.

If you know of an attorney or judge in the Cuyahoga County area that passed away in 2015 (January 1, 2015 through December 31, 2015) please send their name to Krista Munger at kmunger@clemetrobar.org so that they may be included in the program. 

During the ceremony, brief remarks will be made by various judges and local bar association representatives, and reflections will be provided by a guest speaker. A full reading of the names of those being memorialized will take place, and a reception with light refreshments will be held immediately following the ceremony. 

The Memorial Program is presented each year as a collaborative effort by the bench and local bars, including the Cleveland Metropolitan, Federal-Northern District, Norman S. Minor, Ohio State and Ohio Women’s Bar Associations. The program is open to the public at no cost and will last approximately one hour.

 

MARCH 31, 2016

NSMBA Women of Color CLE: Strengthsfinder (R) Workshop Cocktail Kickoff!


 

 

MARCH 15, 2016

March 15, 2016 General Body Meeting and Social Hour

March 15, 2016 General Body Meeting and Social Hour
 

FEBRUARY 26, 2016

CWRU School of Law Black Law Student Association Annual Black Ties Event

CWRU School of Law Black Law Student Association Annual Black Ties Event
 

FEBRUARY 18, 2016

Cuyahoga County Celebrates Stephanie Tubbs Jones 2nd Annual Black History Month Program Honoring Congressman Louis Stokes

Cuyahoga County Celebrates Stephanie Tubbs Jones 2nd Annual Black History Month Program Honoring Congressman Louis Stokes

FEBRUARY 11, 2016

W.K. Thomas Inn of Court's Diversity Seminar

Details TBD

FEBRUARY 3, 2016

Community Orientation Program (COP)

Community Orientation Program (COP) - NSMBA collaborates with the Cleveland Municipal Court through the Community Orientation Program- "C.O.P."  to educate citizens on their rights and responsibilities when interacting with law enforcement.

DECEMBER 17, 2015

2015 Holiday Edition: Professionalism, Ethics, Substance Abuse And Case Law Updates

4.0 Continuing Legal Education Credits for Only $50!

Distinguished Presenters:

  • Judge Patricia Ann Blackmon, Phillip Coe,
  • Judge Jessica Price Smith and Donna Davis Reddix, Esq. 

Click here for event brochure.

DECEMBER 11, 2015

NSMBA Meet & Match Social Event!

December 11, 2015 from 5pm-8pm - Take 5 lounge at 740 W. Superior Avenue, Cleveland, Ohio 44113.  Tickets are $20 if purchased prior to December 1, 2015 and $25 if purchased at the door.  All proceeds go to benefit the NSMBA Scholarship Fund.

Additional Contact Information: 216-298-4939 Rufus Sims

DECEMBER 4, 2015

Civil Rights C.L.E. Series & Annual Holiday Party

Pursuing Full Rights of Citizenship 2015

The Norman S. Minor Bar Association

Presents

The Clash Between Constitutional Rights and Policing

7.50 Continuing Legal Education Credits

Friday, December 4, 2015, 8:55 a.m. – 5:30 p.m.

Registration begins at 8:15 a.m.

Carl B. Stokes U.S. Courthouse, 801 West Superior Avenue, Cleveland, Oho 44113

NOVEMBER 18, 2015

General Body Meeting- Election of New Officers

If you or someone you know is interested in running for the 2016-2018 term for the Executive Committee, please submit your/their contact information for consideration. The NSMBA Nominating Committee is currently vetting interested candidates for the upcoming election.  Email: nsmbacleveland@gmail.com

Eligibility requirements for interested candidates to run include, but are not limited to:

(1) Must be a current dues paid member;

(2) Must have a demonstrated commitment to the goals and mission of NSMBA; and

(3) Must have a demonstrated commitment to advancing diversity within the legal profession.

NOVEMBER 10, 2015

ACS's - Cleveland's Consent Decree: The Community Police Commission and Bias-Free Policing

Another Community Partnering Event:

The Northeast Ohio Chapter and the Cleveland-Marshall College of Law Student Chapter of the American Constitution Society, the ACLU of Ohio, the Norman S. Minor Bar Association, and the Cleveland–Marshall College of Law and Alumni Association present:

Cleveland's Consent Decree: The Community Police Commission and Bias-Free Policing

Please join us for the fifth installment in our series on the Cleveland Consent Decree with Craig Boise (Dean of the Cleveland-Marshall College of Law; Community Police Commission member), Sergeant Timothy Higgins (Supervisor of the Bureau of Community Police for the Cleveland Division of Police; Community Police Commission member); Lieutenant Victor McDowell, Jr. (Lieutenant with the Cleveland Metroparks); and Police Chief Terence M. Calloway (Chief of Police at Florida A&M University).

Our panel will focus on: (1) the workings of the Cleveland Community Police Commission, a key mechanism for overseeing the implementation of the Consent Decree; (2) bias free policing policies and training; and (3) the importance and effectiveness of community policing. 

Tuesday, November 10, 2015

5:00 p.m. - 6:15 p.m.

Cleveland-Marshall College of Law

Moot Court Room

1801 Euclid Avenue

Cleveland, OH

We have applied for 1 hour of free CLE credit for all Ohio Attorneys who attend the event.

RSVP link

OCTOBER 30, 2015

Annual Trailblazer & Scholarship Luncheon- SOLD OUT

  • REGISTATION IS CLOSED!

SPONSORSHIPS & DONATIONS:

  • ACADEMIC AND MONETARY SPONSORSHIPS STILL AVAILABLE.
  • Academis Sponsors and donations must be made as follows:
  • Checks: Make payable to NSMBA and mail to P.O.Box 5691, Cleveland, Ohio 44101. For Credit card payments: Contact Treasurer: Brandon Cox at: Brandon.Cox@tuckerellis.com 

 

SEPTEMBER 16, 2015

General Body Meeting

AUGUST 22, 2015

Northeast Ohio Black Health Coalition: The State of Disparities in the African American Community: 150 Years After Emancipation

Details to follow

AUGUST 21, 2015

2015 Diversity & Inclusion Career Fair

Diversity & Inclusion Career Fair

2015 Cleveland Metropolitan Bar Association, in partnership with Norman S. Minor Bar Association, Special Counsel & Midwest Regional of the National Black Law Student Association presents the 2015 Career Fair!

When: August 21st, with Welcom Reception of the 20th

Where: CMBA

Details: Click here: http://www.nsmba.org/cm/cm_uploads/files/Career_Fair_Announcement_2015.pdf

Accommodations: Special Rates for Diversity & Inclusion Carer Fair 

Westin Hotel Downtown

777 St. Clair, NE

Cleveland, Ohio 44114

216-771-7700

JULY 29, 2015

CLE- Cleveland's Consent Decree: Explained

The Northeast Ohio Chapter and the Cleveland-Marshall College of Law Student Chapter of the American Constitution Society, the ACLU of Ohio, the Norman S. Minor Bar Association, and the Cleveland–Marshall College of Law and Alumni Association present:

Cleveland's Consent Decree: Explained

Join us for the third installment in our series on the Cleveland Consent Decree with Carole Rendon (First Assistant US Attorney), Barbara Langhenry (the City of Cleveland’s Law Director), and Gary Singletary (the City of Cleveland’s Chief Counsel).

Our panelists, who were each intimately involved in the negotiations that produced the final Consent Decree, will begin the program by outlining the substance of the agreement and how it is designed to work. The discussion will then explore how the Consent Decree will be enforced and how the legal and civic communities can stay engaged with its implementation to ensure the Consent Decree brings about lasting change.

Wednesday, April 29, 2015

5:00 p.m. - 6:15 p.m.

Cleveland-Marshall College of Law

Moot Court Room

1801 Euclid Avenue

Cleveland, OH

We have applied for 1 hour of free CLE Credit for those attending the event.

PLEASE RSVP: https://acslaw.secure.force.com/rsvp?id=a0YG0000008fukS

 

JULY 15, 2015

General Body Meeting- SOCIAL EVENT!!

Finally!  A combined Social Event / General Body Meeting! What better way to take care of business, network and enjoy the summer than to patronize one of Cleveland's premier downtown locations!  

Come join NSMBA and our affiliate affinity groups- The Asian American Bar Association and the Ohio Hispanic Bar Association as we socialize and welcome summer clerks to the Cleveland legal community.

When: July 15, 2015, 5:00-7:00p.m.

Where: Downtown Heinen's - 2nd floor  Yes!  The Heinen's Rotunda!  What a great place to hang out!

Light refreshments will be provided.

RSVP to: www.aabaohio.org/Events/rsvp

JULY 11, 2015

Legal Aid Brief Advice Clinic

Join NSMBA and The Black Prosecutors Association as we give back to the legal community at the Legal Aid Advice Clinic. 

Time: 9:15a.m.-12:00p.m.

Volunteers Needed: email: nsmbacleveland@gmail.com

Potential C.L.E. credits available. See Legal Aid for details!

JUNE 3, 2015

C.O.P.- Community Orientation Program

The NSMBA collaborates efforts with the Cleveland Municipal Court through the Community Orientation Program- "C.O.P."  to educate citizens on their rights and responsibilities when interacting with law enforcement.

Classes are held on the Metro campus of Cuyahoga Community College. 2415 Woodland Ave., Cleveland Ohio 44115

Contact NSMBA to volunteer for C.O.P.!          6:00pm - 8:00pm

MAY 22, 2015

MLK and Collinwood High School's 3Rs Field Trip to Stokes Federal Courthouse

Join NSMBA as we co-sponsor 3Rs students from MLK High School and Collinwood High School for the annual field trip to the Stokes Federal Courthouse and Chief U.S. District Court Judge Oliver’s Courtroom.  Volunteers are needed to help the students review the scripts they will read in Chief Judge Oliver’s Courtroom during a mock suppression hearing, where they will make an oral argument and conduct cross and direct examination of an FBI agent. Please email nsmbacleveland@gmail.com if you are interested in volunteering.

MAY 13, 2015

General Body Meeting

APRIL 8, 2015

Police Reform through a Consent Decree: The Path Forward

PLEASE RSVP here

APRIL 6, 2015

2015 Annual Greater Cleveland Bench-Bar Memorial

Join NSMBA, CMBA and other representatives of the Cleveland legal community as we honor and recognize late members of the bench and bar.

MARCH 24, 2015

"Out In The Night"- A Documentary & Panel Discussion on Who's Entitled to Self-Defense

The Cleveland City Club will be hosting a panel discussion on the Documentary "Out in the Night" during this year's Cleveland International Film Festival. The panel will unpack the question: "Who's Entitled to Self-Defense?" Dont miss this engaging dialogue! 

Click here for the trailer: http://www.outinthenight.com/  Read below for a description of the film and the story of these young ladies taken from the Out in the Night website:

"A lifetime demanding self-defense, one night they fought back.

a documentary feature film by blair dorosh-walther"

"Out in the Night is a documentary that tells the story of a group of young friends, African American lesbians in their late teens and early twenties who are out in a gay friendly neighborhood of New York City when they were sexually and violently assaulted by an older man. The women fought back. But not without being rounded up and charged with gang assault, assault and attempted murder..."

"Director and Producer blair dorosh-walther worked for six years to bring this story to the screen. dorosh-walther received the Joyce Warshow Award from Astraea Lesbian Foundation for Justice, was selected as a Sundance Producer Fellow, and a Fast Track fellow by Film Independent, and was awarded a special prize by ImageOut for Courage in Documentary Storytelling for Out in the Night."

"Out in the Night has been awarded several festival jury awards and audience awards and screened at over fifty international festivals since it’s world premiere in June 2014. As the year comes to a close, OITN has been recognized by Alternet as one of the 12 best and most powerful documentaries of 2014, was #6 on film critic Steven Boone’s top 10 list at RogerEbert.com, and was called one of the 10 best LGBT documentaries by the Advocate. Canada’s oldest  literary journal by and about women called Out in the Night one of the 14 top feminist films of 2014."

MARCH 10, 2015

Volunteer Lawyer's Program "VLP"- Lunch time C.L.E.

CLE Presentation:

New "CLE for Pro Bono" Rule and Legal Aid Update.

Free for members of the Norman S. Minor Bar Association, the Asian American Bar Association and the Hispanic Bar Association.

$20.00 for non-members. Alll prroceeds will be donated to The Legal Aid Society of Cleveland.

1 CLE Hour of Professional Conduct

Click here for details!  http://www.nsmba.org/cm/cm_uploads/files/CLE%20event.pdf

FEBRUARY 25, 2015

"Freed After 39 Years- An Exoneree's Story"- Presented by ACS

The American Constitution Society- "ACS"- Northeast Ohio Lawyer Chapter Presents:

Freed After 39 Years - An Exoneree’s Story 

Wednesday, February 25, 2015
11:45 AM - 1:15 PM

Event Location:

The City Club of Cleveland

850 Euclid Avenue

Cleveland, OH

Featuring:
  • Mark Godsey, Director, Ohio Innocence Project
  • Ricky Jackson, Recent Exoneree


1.0 hours of CLE credit is available for this event.

In 1975, Ricky Jackson and Wiley Bridgeman were sent to prison for a murder they did not commit.  Last November, they were exonerated and set free.  You’ve read about Ricky and the work of the Ohio Innocence Project in local media, and here is your opportunity to hear Ricky’s story firsthand.  Ohio Innocence Project Director Mark Godsey will discuss the problem of wrongful incarceration generally and the specifics of Ricky’s case, and Ricky will share his perspective on his wrongful conviction, his decades of undeserved incarceration, and his path to freedom.

1.0 hours of CLE credit is available for this event.

The cost to attend, which includes lunch, is $10 if you RSVP by 5:00 pm February 11 and $18 if you RSVP afterward.  RSVPs will close at 5:00 pm on February 23.  Click link to register: http://www.acslaw.org/NEOHInnocenceProject?mgs1=9a8bj9XnGk

FEBRUARY 20, 2015

MLK's Lawyer Keynotes Celebration of Stephanie Tubbs Jones & Black History Month

Join the Cuyahoga County Prosecutor Tim McGinty, Norman S, Minor Bar Association, and other co-sponsors, as we commemorate the late Congresswoman and first African American Cuyahoga County Prosecutor Stephanie Tubbs Jones. 

Click:http://www.nsmba.org/cm/cm_uploads/files/Tubbs.jpg

Cleveland -- Clarence B. Jones, who was the Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.’s lawyer and confidant and a key strategist for the Civil Rights Movement, will deliver the keynote speech February 20 when the Cuyahoga County Prosecutor’s Office hosts a free community celebration of Black History Month and of the life of the late Stephanie Tubbs Jones.

Historian Douglas Brinkley has described Clarence B. Jones as a “razor-sharp lawyer (who) was one of King’s ace advisers and speechwriters. Together the men slew racist dragons from coast to coast.”

Congresswoman Jones, who died in August of 2008, was the first African American to serve as Cuyahoga County Prosecutor. She succeeded the late John T. Corrigan in 1991 and held office until she was elected to the House of Representatives in 1998. Earlier in her career, the future Congresswoman Jones had been an assistant county prosecutor and a judge on both the Cleveland Municipal Court and Cuyahoga County Common Pleas Court benches.

“Stephanie Tubbs Jones was a trailblazer for African Americans and for women in the law both here in Cuyahoga County and nationally,” said Cuyahoga County Prosecutor Timothy J. McGinty who worked for Jones as an assistant prosecuting attorney. “We want to honor her legacy and that of the Civil Rights Movement as we continue our pursuit of justice. That’s why I am so pleased to welcome Clarence Jones. He brings a perspective very few people can match.”

This event will be held at the Cleveland Convention Center, Grand Ballroom C, from 2 to 4:30 p.m. It is free and open to the public, but seating is limited and advance registration is required. To register, visit www.prosecutor.cuyahogacounty.us and click on the event under “In the Community” on the homepage.

In addition to Clarence B. Jones, the program will feature former Congressman Louis B. Stokes ho represented the Cleveland area on Capitol Hill for 30 years beginning in 1968. Mr. Stokes was a personal and political mentor to Stephanie Tubbs Jones, and she succeeded him in Congress. He turns 90 on February 23 and there will be cake to celebrate that milestone.

“Lou Stokes epitomizes the highest standards of public service,” Prosecutor McGinty said. “He continues to work for the good of this community and to set an example for us all.”

Clarence B. Jones smuggled out the notes that became Dr. King’s famed “Letter from a Birmingham Jail.” He helped draft Dr. King’s “I Have a Dream Speech” in 1963 and his “Beyond Vietnam” speech in 1967. He represented Dr. King and other leaders of the Southern Christian Leadership Conference when they were sued by Alabama political leaders in the landmark New York Times v. Sullivan libel case.

In 1971, at the request of then-Gov. Nelson Rockefeller, he helped negotiate an end to the deadly prison riots at the Attica Correctional Facility in Upstate New York. He later worked on Wall Street as an investment banker and was part owner of the Amsterdam News in New York City. He currently is a visiting professor at the University of San Francisco and a scholar and writer in residence at Stanford University’s Martin Luther King Jr. Research and Education Institute.

The Rev. Andrew Young, another member of King’s inner circle who went on to become a member of Congress and mayor of Atlanta, said “Clarence was the guy that King could trust – no leaks and no grandstanding.”

Co-sponsors of the event include: The Black Prosecutors Association – Cleveland Office, Case Western Reserve University, the Cleveland Airport System, Cleveland Metropolitan Bar Association, Cleveland State UniversityCleveland-Marshall College of Law, Cuyahoga County Council, Cuyahoga County Executive Armond Budish, the Federal Bar Association, FSM Capital Management LLC, Lightning Demolition & Excavating, Norman S. Minor Bar Association, Ozanne Construction and the Third Federal Foundation.

Contact: Joseph Frolik, Director of Communications and Public Policy. Phone: (216) 443-7488; or Cell: 216-640-6186. Email: jfrolik@prosecutor.cuyahogacounty.us

 

FEBRUARY 4, 2015

"C.O.P." - Community Orientation Program

The NSMBA collaborates efforts with the Cleveland Municipal Court through the Community Orientation Program- "C.O.P."  to educate citizens on their rights and responsibilities when interacting with law enforcement.

Classes are held on the Metro campus of Cuyahoga Community College. 2415 Woodland Ave., Cleveland Ohio 44115

Contact NSMBA to volunteer for C.O.P.!          6:00pm - 8:00pm

JANUARY 26, 2015

Panel Discussion: Ferguson, Staten Island & Cleveland: A Legal Discussion about the Use of Lethal Force By Law Enforcement Officers

Cleveland Marshall College of Law, the American Constitution Society, NSMBA, The City Club of Cleveland, and the Black Law Student's Association of CMLAW, will be co-sponsoring this panel discussion.   1 FREE CLE (pending)

Synopsis:

This program will explore the legal issues related to the recent use of deadly force by police
officers. The panel will focus on the legal parameters surrounding the authorized use of deadly
force by law enforcement officers, and will discuss the type of circumstances that warrant
such use of deadly force. In particular, panelists will focus on the question of if the suspect
was armed, and how this affects the law enforcement officer’s ability to respond with force.
Panelists will also comment on the grand jury process, and discuss issues of potential police
officer liability in the wake of the use of deadly force.

Click here for flyer: 

http://www.nsmba.org/cm/cm_uploads/files/Lethal_Force.pdf 

or check out CMLAW's webpage: https://www.law.csuohio.edu/newsevents/events/2015012617002889

1 FREE credit in Continuing Legal Education! (pending)

 

JANUARY 22, 2015

Department of Justice Report- Read-In

A follow-up conversation to "Open Campus-wide Conversation: Ferguson to Cleveland"

Thursday, January 22, 2015 7:00p.m. to 8:30 p.m.

Click here for flyer and info: http://www.nsmba.org/cm/cm_uploads/files/DOJReadIng_Final.pdf

JANUARY 20, 2015

Consent Decree Sub-committee meeting

JANUARY 6, 2015

Special NSMBA Meeting- Addressing Law Enforcement in Cleveland, Ohio

NSMBA is calling a Special Meeting as an open forum for its members and constituents.

In the wake of the issues with law enforcement in Cleveland, Ohio, on December 4, 2014, the Department of Justice "DOJ" issued its findings to its investigation into the Cleveland Division of Police.  The DOJ concluded "that there is reasonable cause to believe that Cleveland police officers engage in a pattern or practice of unreasonable and in some cases unnecessary force in violation of the Fourth Amendment of the Constitution."

To address the findings the DOJ and the city of Cleveland have committed to developing a court enforceable consent decree.  The DOJ has asked for the community's input before negotiations for the consent decree begin.  

This forum is an opportunity for NSMBA members to provide constructive input into this process.

When: January 6, 2015

Time: 5:30p.m.

Place: TBD  

Mark your calendars to come out and let your voice be heard!

DECEMBER 12, 2014

Annual Holiday Party- December 12th (following the C.L.E.)

Join the Norman S. Minor Bar Association, the Asian American Bar Association & the Hispanic Bar Association for this year's Annual Holiday Party!

Come enjoy networking for the Holidays! Friends, fun, cultural food and more!

Open invite 

PARKING: Please park in the surface lot North of the Courthouse. DO NOT park under Tower City as the walkway to enter the Courthouse closes at 5:00p.m..

ENTRANCE TO THE COURTHOUSE: Enter the Courthouse through the Main Rotunda Entrance on W. Superior. You cannot enter the Courthouse through the walkway from Tower City after 5:00p.m.. 

DECEMBER 12, 2014

C.L.E. - "2014 Holiday Edition: Professionalism, Ethics, Substance Abuse & Case Law Updates"

Join us for the "2014 Holiday Edition C.L.E." for 4.0 hours of continuing legal education credits. 

Lawyers (members & non-members): $50.00

Non-lawyers: $25.00

Students: $10:00

Followed by the Annual Holiday Party from 5:30p.m. to 8:00p.m.!

Lawyers who attend both the November 21st and the December 12th CLEs will receive a $25.00 discount for the total 11.75 CLE hours! 

For questions contact: Lisa Payne Jones 216-245-7703

Register via:  

Email: 2014cle@nsmba.org

Mail: NSMBA, Holiday CLE, P.O.Box 5691, Cleveland, Ohio 44101

On-line registration

DECEMBER 3, 2014

Community Orientation Program - "COP"

The NSMBA collaborates efforts with the Cleveland Municipal Court through the Community Orientation Program- "C.O.P."  to educate citizens on their rights and responsibilities when interacting with law enforcement.

Classes are held on the Metro campus of Cuyahoga Community College. 2415 Woodland Ave., Cleveland Ohio 44115

Contact NSMBA to volunteer for C.O.P.!          6:00pm - 8:00pm

NOVEMBER 21, 2014

C.L.E.- "50th Anniversary of the 1964 Civil Rights Act: Has America Moved Beyond Race?"

The popular and provocative NSMBA "Pursuing Full Rights of Citizenship" CLE series continues with the seminar, "50th Anniversary of the 1964 Civil Rights Act: Has America Moved Beyond Race?" The program will open with a historical perspective of events that led to the enactment of the Civil Rights Act of 1866 and, subsequently, the Civil Rights Act of 1964. NSMBA's exceptional faculty will examine how these laws impacted America's culture, raised racial consciousness and transformed the country.

Lawyers who attend both the November 21st and the Deccember 12th CLEs will receive a $25.00 discount for the total 11.75 CLE credit hours! Contact Lisa Jones for details at email:  2014cle@nsmba.org

 

OCTOBER 24, 2014

Annual Trailblazer Luncheon- Huge Success!

The Norman S. Minor Bar Association presented its Annual Trailblazer Luncheon with the theme:   "Blazing Trails from the Community, the Bench, & the Boardroom!" 

On Thursday, October 23, 2014, the Signature Sponsor of the event- Thompson Hine, hosted the V.I.P. Reception welcoming the honorees, specials guests and the guest speaker.
 
On Friday, October 24, 2014, NSMBA recognized the following: 

  • Community Trailblazer: Reverend Dr. Stephen Rowan, Bethany Baptist Church
  • Bench Trailblazer: Honorable Melody J. Stewart, Ohio Court of Appeals- Eighth District
  • Boardroom Trailblazer: Michelle Johnson Tidjani, Deputy Chief Legal Officer at The Cleveland Clinic

Because of the support of all contributors, NSMBA was able to issue $11,000 in scholarships to minority high school and law students! Thanks everyone for your support.

For program, click here: http://www.nsmba.org/cm/cm_uploads/files/Program2014%20(4).pdf

 

OCTOBER 1, 2014

Community Orientation Program

The NSMBA collaborates efforts with the Cleveland Municipal Court through the Community Orientation Program- "C.O.P."  to educate citizens on their rights and responsibilities when interacting with law enforcement.

Classes are held on the Metro campus of Cuyahoga Community College. 2415 Woodland Ave., Cleveland Ohio 44115

Contact NSMBA to volunteer for C.O.P.!          6:00pm - 8:00pm

SEPTEMBER 30, 2014

CMLaw's BLSA- Forum on Police Brutality

CMLaw's Black Law Students' Association is hosting a panel discussion on Police Brutality on Tuesday, September 30 at 5:00pm in the Moot Court Room at CMLaw. Panelist will include: CSU Police Chief, Craig Stone; ACLU Policy Manager, Shakyra Diaz; and Partner, Spangenberg Shibley & Liber LLP, Nick DiCello.

SEPTEMBER 23, 2014

2014 Diversity & Inclusion Career Fair

NSMBA, CMBA and Special Counsel are co-sponsoring

The 2014 Diversity & Inclusion Career Fair!

This is A Career Fair for diverse law students, recent graduates and attorneys. The program is designed for job seekers and employers to have close interaction and networking opportunities which may lead to on-site interviews. For more information go to www.clemetrobar.org/careerfair

 When: September 23, 2014

Time: 8:00a.m. - 3:30 p.m. (participants are encouraged to attend the entire program for maximum competitive opportunities)

Where: CSU, Student Center Ballroom, 2121 Euclid Ave., Clev Oh 44115

Register at: www.clemetrobar.org/careerfair

SEPTEMBER 16, 2014

Diversity & Inclusion Career Development Workshop

In partnership with Special Counsel & CMBA, NSMBA will be co-hosting a Career Development Workshop for diverse candidates seeking employment in the law field. Participants will learn: "what to put on your resume", "what to wear", and "legal trends".

REGISTRATION IS CLOSED

Partcipants who have registered already will be contacted directly with further event details.

 

 

SEPTEMBER 3, 2014

September 3rd, General Body Meeting- TO BE RESCHEDULED

CANCELED. TO BE RESCHEDULED!

AUGUST 6, 2014

Community Orientation Program

The NSMBA collaborates efforts with the Cleveland Municipal Court through the Community Orientation Program- "C.O.P."  to educate citizens on their rights and responsibilities when interacting with law enforcement. Classes are held on the Metro campus of Cuyahoga Community College. Contact NSMBA to volunteer for C.O.P.!          6:00pm - 8:00pm.

JULY 20, 2014

NSMBA Friends and Family Reunion & Picnic!

NSMBA Friends and Family Picnic at the Chalet Metroparks Recreation Area! Come join us as we reconnect with friends, meet new members and friends, and have loads of summer fun! 1:00pm - 6:00pm.

JULY 2, 2014

General Body Meeting

Join us for the Summer General Body Meeting! Come hear what NSMBA has been up to! 5:30pm - 6:30pm!

JULY 2, 2014

Panel Discussion with Stokes Scholars & Minority Clerkship Students

Join NSMBA as we co-sponsor a panel discussion with the CMBA for students in two CMBA programs, Stokes Scholars and the Minority Clerkship Programs at 12:00p.m. To sign up to be a panelist, please contact Mary Groth at mgroth@clemetrobar.org

 

MAY 18, 2014

Cleveland Marathon

Are you ready for The Cleveland Experience in the Rock & Roll capital of America? The 37th annual Rite Aid Cleveland Marathon features one of the flattest and fastest courses in the country, offering full marathon, half marathon, 10K and 5K events.

Whether you're looking to qualify for Boston, or walk a 10K with your friends - you'll enjoy a scenic "tour" of Cleveland and all the amenities of a world-class event.

The Cleveland Marathon features a relatively flat and fast course, great volunteer support and a scenic view of downtown Cleveland and its major landmarks. The course has been designed for our athletes to enjoy views of Lake Erie and many other Cleveland highlights.

All Marathon runners/walkers will receive a Virtual Race Bag, a technical short-sleeved T-shirt, and a finishers medallion with a spinning guitar. The top three male and female finishers in each age group will receive an award that will be mailed post-race.

Course Time Limit - NEW FOR 2014

The Rite Aid Cleveland Marathon route is secured by City officials who are obligated to maintain traffic flow and re-open street closures within a reasonable and set time frame on race day. The full marathon course will be open for 7 hours beginning at 7:00 a.m.

All full marathon participants, both runners and walkers, must reach various checkpoints along the route in order to maintain the proper pace to ensure completing within the 7-hour course time limit. Please note that the 7-hour time limit is based upon clock time, not chip time.

Participants must maintain the scheduled time/pace per mile at various locations. If you cannot maintain the time, our recovery vehicle will pick you up and shuttle you to the finish line. Should you wish to continue, you will be directed to move to the sidewalk for the duration of the route for safety purposes as the roads will be re-opened to traffic. Please remember that water stations and course security will not be available once the streets re-open to traffic. In addition, the finish line area may be in the process of being disassembled when you arrive.

 

MAY 15, 2014

Brief Legal Advice & Expungement Clinic- Huge Success!

In partnership with the OSBA, The U.S. Attorney's Office, Legal Aid Society of Cleveland, Cleveland Metropolitan Bar Association's Litigation Section, and South Euclid Municipal Court, NSMBA members volunteered at the Free Brief Legal Advice and Expungement Clinic at Antioch Baptist Church on May 15, 2014, where residents had the opportunity to receive guidance and direction on expungement.See fliers regarding volunteers or free advice!

Thanks to all who participated!

 

DECEMBER 30, 1899

Meet and Match, A Social Event