September 26: Protecting our children
The Cleveland Metropolitan Bar Association will host it's fourth Citizens Legal Academy on Thursday, September 26th from 7-8:30 p.m. at the Michael J. Zone Recreation Center, 6301 Lorain Rd., Cleveland 44102. This panel presentation will be free and open to the public.
The September program will focus on a variety of relevant topics including internet crimes against children, child abuse, human trafficking and domestic violence. The program will also focus on how the City of Cleveland responds to these concerns and will provide parents and care givers resources to protect their loved ones.
The panelists for these topics will be:
Linda Johanek, CEO of the Domestic Violence & Child Advocacy Center
Kevin Kelley, Cleveland City Council
Lieutenant Jim McPike, Officer in Charge of Special Victims Section of the division that consists of the Sex Crimes and Child Abuse Unit and the Domestic Violence Unit
Sondra Miller, Vice President of External Affairs and Acting CEO of the Cleveland Rape Crisis Center
Carole Rendon, First Assistant U.S. Attorney, United States Attorney's Office
Judge Brendan Sheehan, Cuyahoga County Court of Common Pleas
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.