General News

APRIL 07

2017

2017 Joint Minority Bar Association Annual Holiday Party

APRIL 01

2017

NSMBA Newly Elected Officers - 2018 - 2020

The results are in!

NSMBA elected the following to the Executive Board for the 2018 - 2020 term.

President - Valissa Turner Howard
First Vice President - Brandon D. Cox
Second Vice President - Lon'Cherie' Billingsley
Treasurer - Lola Garcia Prignitz
Membership Secretary - Ludgy LaRochelle
Recorder - Donna Marjean Davis Reddix

Thanks to Karrie Howard for serving the Bar Association as Recorder for the last two years. Your wonderful ideas and humor will truly be missed!

Also, special thanks to our Community Partner of the Year - Tucker Ellis - for hosting our General Body Meeting and Elections!

If you have any ideas or would like to lead an initiative please reach out to someone on the Executive board! We are looking forward to an exciting and productive two years!

MARCH 31

2017

NSMBA Browns Fundraiser

Join NSMBA at our Browns Game Fundraiser!

A portion of each ticket purchased will go towards supporting the operations of NSMBA. So, send the link below to your friends and family to help us reach our goal of 100 tickets!

Please share the event via text, email and social media. People who buy from the link below will sit with the bar association for the game!

For more information contact Valissa Turner Howard at President@nsmba.org

Buy your tickets today @ https://fevo.me/2uCqMoF

 

MARCH 31

2017

NSMBA General Body Meeting and 2018 - 2020 Elections

MARCH 30

2017

Save The Date - 2017 Trailblazer Luncheon

MARCH 29

2017

Breaking In: Starting Your Arbitration and Mediation Practice CLE

MARCH 28

2017

National Voter Registration Day - Voter Education Forum for Justice Involved Individuals

MARCH 27

2017

Second Annual Law Student Summit for Success

Agenda

8:30 a.m. - 1Ls Only Session

Moderator: Valissa Turner Howard (First Assistant Deputy Inspector General, Cuyahoga County Agency of Inspector General)

Ruqaiijah Yearby (Professor and Associate Dean of Institutional Diversity and Inclusiveness, CWRU School of Law)

Jeff Carr (President, C|M Law Black Law Students Association)

Tyra Robinson (President, CWRU School of Law Black Law Students Association)

DeAngelo LaVette (Associate, McDonald Hopkins)

 

9:35 a.m. - Law Student Etiquette

Donna Davis Reddix (CWRU Faculty Diversity Officer)

 

10:40 a.m. - Non-Traditional Careers

Moderator: Lola Garcia Prignitz (Attorney, Ulmer & Berne LLP)

Samantha Ciriaco (Director of Experiential Opportunities and Outreach, CWRU School of Law, Career Development)

Terry Billups "Tee Bills" (General Counsel, Ursuline College)

Delanté Spencer Thomas (Deputy Inspector General, Cuyahoga County Agency of Inspector General)

Candace Jeffers LaRochelle (Director of Business Operations, eHealth Data Solutions)

 

11:45 a.m. - Mentors vs. Sponsors

Moderator: Brandon D. Cox (Associate, Tucker Ellis LLP)

Patricia M. Lopez "Patty Lopez" - (Director of Professional Development and Career Counseling, CWRU School of Law)

Kelynn Carter - (2018 J.D. Candidate, C|M Law and 2017-2018 Midwest Regional Chair, NBLSA)

Sanford Watson - (Partner, Tucker Ellis LLP)

Justin Gould - (Assistant United States Attorney, U.S. Attorneys Office, Northern District of Ohio)

 

12:45 p.m. - NSMBA Citywide Mentoring Program Kick Off

1L students will meet their Attorney/JD Mentor

 

1:00 p.m. - Networking Brunch for law students and legal professionals (provided by Chicago's Home of Chicken and Waffles)

 

 

MARCH 26

2017

OSBA All-Ohio Legal Forum - Diversity and Inclusion CLE

Huntington Convention Center of Cleveland

Friday, August 25, 2017

8:45a - 10:15a

Enhancing Your Practice, Workplace and Profitability: Specific Strategies for Increasing Diversity and Inclusion

We talk about the importance of diversity and inclusion in the workplace. But how can employers actually make it happen? Four panelists from public and private sector workplaces, including those who employ lawyers, will answer this question from their professional knowledge and personal experience. 

Moderator: Lori Keating; Ohio State Bar Foundation; Columbus Panelists: Jennifer Adair; Ohio Department of Administrative Services; Columbus Kelli Stiles; Nationwide Insurance; Columbus Christine E. Niro; Frantz & Ward; Cleveland William A. Nolan; Barnes & Thornburg; Columbus Christina E. Niro; Frantz Ward; Cleveland 

ATTENDANCE OPTIONS:

You may attend this session only free of charge (no CLE). Please email Stephanie Hanna by August 18th at shanna@ohiobar.org to register or for more details.  You may attend the entire morning session (4 hours of CLE) for $99.  Please contact the OSBA’s Member Service Center at 800.232.7124 to register.  You may attend the entire conference by visiting http://www.allohiolegalforum.org/ or calling the OSBA’s Member Service Center.

 

 

MARCH 25

2017

2nd Annual Charity Bowling Challenge

MARCH 24

2017

2017 Joint Minority Bar Summer Social

RSVP NOW - http://conta.cc/2pxYPvR

MARCH 23

2017

Run for the Future! 5k/1Mile @ the Zoo Benefiting The Legal Aid Society of Cleveland

 Register to run, walk, volunteer, or just hang out with us at the Zoo! - https://give.classy.org/2017NSMBARUN

 

MARCH 22

2017

MLK High School Career Shadow Day

 

April 7, 2017, 8a - 1p

MLK High School 11th and 12th graders will shadow NSMBA attorneys in traditional and non-traditional careers.  The day will culiminate with lunch for students and attorneys.  

JANUARY 29

2017

Pitch Perfect, A Professional Development Program

The Norman S. Minor Bar Association 

Presents

Pitch Perfect, A Professional Development Program

In partnership with the President's Council Business Chamber, the Norman S. Minor Bar Association presents a program for African American/Black law firm associates and junior partners.  

Selected participants will learn the elements of an effective pitch from the President's Council Business Chamber staff and business owners, corporate counsel, and law firm partners.  After instruction and exercises, associates will participate in the Perfect Pitch Challenge where they will prepare and present a formal pitch to a panel of corporate counsel and business owners who will provide feedback and determine which participant presented the "Best Pitch".  Participant with the "Best Pitch" will win a one-on-one breakfast/lunch with one or more of the panelists.

The purpose of the program is two-fold: (1) build relationships between business owners, firms, legal departments, and African-American/Black associates and junior partners; and (2) build the "pitch skills" of African-American/Black associates and junior partners.  

To learn more about the program and apply go to https://form.jotform.com/63444313184149Applications are due no later than March 17, 2017. 

 

JANUARY 28

2017

Midwest NBLSA Conference

MAY 04

2016

2016-2018 Executive Officers

Executive Committee Members for 2016-2018

Valissa Turner Howard, President

Brandon D. Cox, 1st Vice President

Lola Prignitz, 2nd Vice President- with Little Sunny and Gussy ;-)

Treasurer, Lon' Cherie' Billingsley

Membership Secretary, Ludgy LaRochelle

Recording Secretary, Karrie Howard

MAY 04

2016

Announcing Special Perks for NSMBA Members from Viperks!

Introducing Viperks!  NSMBA is proud to announce the roll out of our new discount program. You can use viperks to find hundreds of deals on everything from household essentials to once-in-a-lifetime vacations. viperks is mobile optimized, so you can access it at home, from work, or on the go!

If you are paid member of NSMBA you will receive a welcome email from viperks shortly.  Your personal account will already be established. All you have to do is setup your unique password, and you are on your way to saving!  

If you are not already a member and would like to take advantage of this discount program Download the Membership Application or Register and Pay Online today!

 

MAY 03

2016

Annual Holiday Party

MAY 03

2016

2016 Holiday CLE

Press Release - http://www.nsmba.org/cm/cm_uploads/files/NSMBA%20Keyssar%20Press%20Release.pdf

Register at http://give.classy.org/2016HolidayCLE

 

 

MAY 03

2016

Meet and Match, A Fundraiser and Social Event

Register now at http://give.classy.org/2016MeetandMatch

MAY 03

2016

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

Register now at www.classy.org/BrandingCLE or Onsite

MAY 03

2016

The Road to Exoneration: Litigating Wrongful Conviction Cases CLE

Register onsite or at www.classy.org/ExonerationCLE

 

 

 

MAY 02

2016

General Body Meeting

APRIL 02

2016

Former ABA President to Keynote NSMBA Annual Trailblazer Luncheon Honoring Firsts on the Bench and in the Boardroom

 

To read the press release click here - https://mlsvc01-prod.s3.amazonaws.com/7250e094101/54966d2c-8484-4cbb-a276-fc6b12e12c07.png?ver=1475266475000

 

APRIL 01

2016

Register for the 2016 Trailblazer Luncheon TODAY!

Register online or download the mail in form here www.classy.org/2016Trailblazer

MARCH 31

2016

Announcing the 2016 Trailblazer Honorees!

 

 

Registration and Sponsorship orpportunities here - www.classy.org/2016Trailblazer

 

MARCH 30

2016

National Voter Registration Day - September 27, 2016

National Voter Registration Day is September 27, 2016 

Norman S. Minor Bar Association is partnering with Cleveland VOTES to serve as volunteers at various voter registration locations. If you are interested in volunteering please contact Community Action Co-Chair Crystal Bryant for more information. 

For your information:

Voter Registration Deadline:

– Tuesday, October 11th, 2016 – Postmarked or Submitted

General Election 2016

– Tuesday, Nov. 8th
– Polls Open: 6:30am – 7:30pm

If you are wondering:

-- Am I registered to VOTE? go here - http://boe.cuyahogacounty.us/en-…/my-voting-information.aspx

-- How do I register to VOTE? go here - http://boe.cuyahogacounty.us/en-US/voter-registration.aspx

-- Where do I VOTE? go here - http://boe.cuyahogacounty.us/en-US/My-Polling-Location.aspx

-- What's on the Ballot? go here - http://boe.cuyahogacounty.us/en-US/ballot-search.aspx

To find out more about Cleveland VOTES go here - http://www.clevelandvotes.org

 

MARCH 28

2016

Law Student Summit for Success Save The Date!

Register at www.classy.org/StudentSummit

MARCH 27

2016

NSMBA Charity Bowling Challenge

 

 

Register at www.classy.org/NSMBABowl

 

MARCH 26

2016

Things I Didn't Learn in Law School Panel Discussion and Happy Hour - July 7, 2016

Join Us for an Engaging Panel Discussion and Happy Hour!

Registration is FREE and easy - www.classy.org/SummerPanel

MARCH 25

2016

Joint Minority Bar Association Summer Social 2016 - June 28, 2016

 

Please join us for a collaborative summer social in the historic Rotunda at the Downtown Heinen’s. Network with colleagues and friends and welcome the summer clerks to Cleveland’s legal community as you enjoy appetizers and a selection of craft beers and wine.

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

For more information, contact:
Patrick Espinosa, pat_espi@yahoo.com
Barbara Lum, Barbara.Lum@ThompsonHine.com

Jointly hosted by: The Asian American Bar Association of Ohio, Hispanic Bar of Ohio, and Norman S. Minor Bar Association

*** Norman S. Minor Bar Association Membership Deal ALERT ***  
Bring a friend to the Summer Social and you will both receive 25% off your NSMBA membership fee for 1 year, 2 years, or 3 years! Contact Membership Secretary Ludgy LaRochelle for more information.

 

MARCH 23

2016

NSMBA Women of Color Strengthsfinder (R) Cocktail Kickoff and CLE

There is still time to participate!

Join us on April 21, 2016 @ CMBA from 5:30p to 7:30p where Erica Merritt, MA, CDP, GPCC will facilitate an interactive discussion about the Strengthsfinder (R) assessment and your results.


1.75 General CLE 

Free for Members
$25.00 for Non-Members

Register here -- www.classy.org/NSMBAWomenofColorCLE and contact Lola Garcia Prignitz at dpgarciaprignitz@jonesday.com to receive the book and assessment. 

 

MARCH 04

2016

NSMBA Run for the Future 5K/1 Mile Run/Walk - Sunday June 26, 2016, 7am - 10am at Cleveland Metroparks Zoo

Come have a fun-filled family day at the Zoo and "Run for the Future" during NSMBA's FUN RUN on June 26, 2016!  Join us as we run, walk, and raise funds for educational scholarships for minority students, all while enjoying family and friends at the Zoo!

Registration/T-Shirt Pick Up/Vendors start at 7 a.m.

5K Run/Walk starts at 8:45 a.m.

1Mile Run/Walk starts 9 a.m.

The event registration fee includes Zoo admission for arrivals during event hours and before 10:00 a.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! 

SPONSORS

SILVER

Dominion

Duane Deskins

BRONZE

Porter Wright

 

Click here for information about sponsorship opportunities.

 

FEBRUARY 15

2016

National Bar Association Drum Major for Justice Competition

Welcome to the 2016 Dr. Martin Luther King Drum Major for Justice Advocacy Competition! MetLife, the nation’s leading provider of life insurance, employee benefits and financial services, will serve as the Platinum Sponsor for the Competition. The Competition is an annual oral and written advocacy program sponsored by the National Bar Association and supported by the National Bar Institute.   

PURPOSE AND HISTORY OF COMPETITION

The Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Drum Major for Justice Advocacy Competition is a contest designed to motivate high school students to excel in education. The Competition encourages students to express their views on a pre- selected topic and focuses on the ability of the students to communicate orally and in writing. The contest is also designed to give young people experience in public speaking and reviewing legal documents as well as provide an opportunity for them to obtain some financial support to continue their education.

The National Bar Association’s (“NBA”) first annual Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Drum Major for Justice Advocacy Competition was held at its 75th Annual Convention in Washington, D.C., in 2000. As a result of the overwhelming success of the Competition, the NBA, with the support of the National Bar Institute (“NBI”), adopted it as a national program.

The topics of the Competition are always considered from the point of view of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., and have included:

  • Law enforcement treatment of persons of Arab descent and of the Muslim faith in terrorist investigations.

  • The need for reauthorization of the Voting Rights Act of 1965.

  • Recommendations for action on the 40th Anniversary of the Voting Rights Act to address the continuing problem of voter disenfranchisement in minority communities.

  • The treatment of juveniles in the criminal justice system.

  • The right of same-sex couples to marry.

  • Repealing of Stand Y our Ground laws.

  • The funneling of young African American students into a “pre-school to prison” pipeline.

    The National Bar Association through the National Bar Institute has awarded over $270,000 in scholarships to over 100 students since the inception of the Competition in 2000. 

2016 MLK COMPETITION QUESTION 

The #BlackLivesMatter movement was created in 2012 after Trayvon Martin was shot and killed by George Zimmerman, a neighborhood watchman. Zimmerman was acquitted. Many have criticized the #BlackLivesMatter movement for focusing on specific injustices done to African Americans stating there should be an #AllLivesMatter movement.

If Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. were alive, would he argue that Blacks should focus on the #AllLivesMatter movement to focus more globally and generally on all lives or would he support the #BlackLivesMatter movement to focus more on Black lives.

Please discuss why or why not. 

 

For more information and the application please contact President Valissa Turner Howard at President@nsmba.org.

JANUARY 06

2016

USDC, Northern District of Ohio - Public Notice - Application For Appointment to the Criminal Justice Act Panel

UNITED STATES DISTRICT COURT 
NORTHERN DISTRICT OF OHIO 

PUBLIC NOTICE 

APPLICATION FOR APPOINTMENT TO THE 
CRIMINAL JUSTICE ACT PANEL



The Criminal Justice Act (“CJA”) Plan of the United States District Court for the Northern District of Ohio sets forth provisions for furnishing representation in federal court for any person financially unable to obtain representation in accordance with the Criminal Justice Act, 18 U.S.C. § 3006A.  Pursuant to Section VI(A)(1)(a) of the CJA Plan, the Court shall establish panels of private attorneys for each court location in the district who are eligible and desire to be appointed to provide representation in criminal cases under the Criminal Justice Act.    


Pursuant to Section VI(A)(1)(b) of the CJA Plan, to be considered for appointment to the CJA Panel: 

“Attorneys . . . must be members in good standing of the Federal Bar of this Court, have experience in, and knowledge of, the Federal Rules of Criminal Procedure, the Federal Rules of Evidence, and the United States Sentencing Guidelines and have five (5) years experience in felony trials in state or federal court. In addition, panel attorneys must certify completion of at least one seminar annually on federal criminal defense practice.” 

Effective January 1, 2006, all attorneys are required to file electronically pursuant to modifications to Local Civil Rule 5.1(c) and Local Criminal Rule 49.2(c) and pursuant to its Electronic Filing Policies and Procedures Manual. 

Attorneys wishing to be considered for membership on a CJA Panel who meet the eligibility requirements may submit an application no later than March 31, 2016 to: 

Clerk of Court 
ATTN: CJA Panel Application 
Carl B. Stokes U.S. Court House 
801 West Superior Avenue 
Cleveland, Ohio 44113-1830 
cjaapplication@ohnd.uscourts.gov



Applications for membership on the Criminal Justice Act Panel may be obtained at the Intake Counter of the Clerk’s Offices located in Cleveland, Akron, Youngstown and Toledo and through the Court’s website http://www.ohnd.uscourts.gov/home/attorney-information/appointment-of-counsel-cja/.  Completed applications may be returned by mail or email.

JANUARY 01

2016

2016 General Body Meetings

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November 16, 2016

5:30  p.m. Meeting,

6:30 p.m. Social Hour

At CMBA

 

JANUARY 01

2016

Case BLSA Black Ties Event