President's Message

    Dear NSMBA Members, Partners, Sponsors and Allies:

    It is with great humility and honor that I have the privilege of serving as the 2020-2022 President of the Norman S. Minor Bar Association (NSMBA), the premier bar association for African-American legal professionals in Northeast Ohio. The NSMBA has been an integral part of the local legal community since 1980 and in 2020 will celebrate its 40th anniversary of inception. Together, we can ensure that the NSMBA will see another 40 years.

    Since its inception, the NSMBA 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 have laid a solid foundation for the next generation of NSMBA leaders. 

    It is my goal to sustain the high standards set by previous administrations and lead this venerated organization to even greater heights over the next two years. Specifically, my administration over next two years will be all IN. We will focus on [IN]volvement, [IN]clusion and [IN]vestment. We will (i) organize programming aimed at enhancing the professional development of African-American attorneys, judges, law students and legal professionals in Northeast Ohio, while ensuring and retaining the involvement and engagement of all of our Members; (ii) promote, educate and encourage inclusion and diversity in the legal profession and in the judicial system; and (iii) work tirelessly to ensure that our law firms, general counsel and corporate legal officers, judiciary and legal community leaders consciously and personally invest in diversity and inclusion initiatives within their respective businesses and practices. 

    These objectives can only be accomplished by the continued support of our Members, Partners, Sponsors and Allies.  As such, I humbly ask for your support and encourage each of you to JOIN the NSMBA.  If you are already a Member, I ask that you actively participate in our organization. Your ideas, suggestions, sponsorship and support make the NSMBA a better organization. Be all IN with the NSMBA.

    Thank you for the opportunity to be of service to you.


    Ciera M. Colon, Esq.
    President, Norman S. Minor Bar Association

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