President's Message

JANUARY 01

2016

President's Message

Dear NSMBA Members, Partners, and Sponsors,

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

Over the 36-year 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 two years!

Valissa Turner Howard, Esq., 2016 - 2018 President