Announced this summer, the CMBA’s Citizens Legal Academy is a civics education program to inform and engage the public in Greater Cleveland through free public forums conducted by local attorneys and judges who will address “hot button” legal topics such as election law, immigration, consumer protection, domestic relations, foreclosure, criminal law, and others. One goal of the Academy is to increase public knowledge of and appreciation for the legal system and the roles of attorneys and judges.
September 12, 2012
The CMBA held its first Citizens Legal Academy partnership with the Cuyahoga County Board of Elections. The first in a series, this program was a panel presentation on election law and was open and free to the public. Learn more.
October 11, 2012
The CMBA partnered with, the U.S. Attorney’s Office, Federal Trade Commission, Ohio Attorney General’s Office, Federal Bureau of Investigation, Legal Aid Society of Cleveland, and the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission to host it's second Citizens Legal Academy on consumer fraud. Law enforcement leaders and consumer protection experts were on hand to offer advice, discuss fraud trends and detail best practices for protecting our citizens. The goal was to provide the public with helpful tips on how to avoid becoming a victim and falling prey to these scams. Click here to read the full press release with all the details.
February 23, 2013
The Cleveland Metropolitan Bar Association held it’s third Citizens Legal Academy on immigration law at La Sagrada Familia in February. The panel presentation focused on a discussion of current laws and regulations and how they may impact immigration status. Panel members included: Megan Sprecher, Senior Attorney, The Legal Aid Society of Cleveland; Sala Gembala, Immigration Attorney, Catholic Diocese of Cleveland; and Bridget Brennan, Director of Human Rights, U.S. Attorney’s Office. Judge John J. Russo, Cuyahoga County Common Pleas Court and Carole Rendon of the U.S. Attorney’s Office served as co-chairs and panel moderators of the event. Thank you to our community partners the Cuyahoga County Public Library, The Plain Dealer, The Legal Aid Society of Cleveland, and the U.S. Attorney’s Office.
After the program the CMBA partnered with The Legal Aid Society of Cleveland for a brief advice clinic where volunteer immigration attorneys were on hand to offer free legal advice to those interested.