Building Connections with the Nonprofit Community

We provide important education on legal topics for nonprofit leaders, as well as training for attorneys looking to serve and advise those nonprofits that are making a difference in our community. Through a partnership with the Association of Corporate Counsel, Northeast Ohio and the Federal Bar Association, Northern District of Ohio Chapter, Reach Out coordinates quarterly seminars and brief advice clinics free to the public, with free CLE credit for volunteers.


Our 2017 Calendar

  • March 30 - "So You Want to Start a Nonprofit? Here's What You Need to Know" - Legal issues in nonprofit formation, with speakers Steven Day (Calfee, Halter & Griswold LLP) and David Holmes (The Foundation Center) in partnership with the Volunteer Lawyers for the Arts.
  • May 11 - "It's Not an Event or Fundraiser Until Legal Gets Invited" - Legal issues in planning events and fundraising, with speakers Alexandra Beach (Gift Planning Officer at University Hospitals Health System, Inc.), Katherine Collin (Gift Planning Officer at the Cleveland Foundation), and Amanda Steyer (Director of Gift Planning at the Cleveland Clinic Foundation)
  • August 24 - "The Perks + Pitfalls of Being a Nonprofit Employer" - Legal issues in employment, with speakers Meredith C. Shoop (Littler Mendelson, P.C.) and Marvin E. Richards, Jr. (Deputy General Counsel, Cuyahoga Community College)
  • October 26 - "Risk(y) Business: Nonprofit Risk Management 101" - Legal issues in risk management and insurance, with speakers Alexander Campbell, Buckingham, Doolittle & Burroughs, LLC; Gabrielle T. Kelly, Brouse McDowell; and Cynthia A. Binns, GrafTech International Holdings Inc., with moderator Rick Green, President & Chief Legal Officer, Insurance Research & Recovery, L.L.C.
Email Jessica Paine to be added to our mailing list to be notified when registration is open for upcoming seminars in 2018.

Nonprofit leaders are encouraged to attend each FREE seminar and participate in the brief advice clinics that follow. Attorneys will receive 1.5 hours of CLE credit for attendance at the educational seminar, which is free with participation in the clinic to follow. All seminars are held at the CMBA offices at 1375 East Ninth Street, Floor 2, Cleveland, Ohio 44114. The seminars will be held on the following schedule:
  • 4:00-4:30 p.m. Registration
  • 4:30-6:00 p.m. Topic Discussion (1.5 hr. CLE credit)
  • 6:15-7:15 p.m. Consultations/Brief Advice Clinic
Click here for the 2017 Reach Out brochure.

Reach Out:  Legal Assistance for Nonprofits is a program of the Cleveland Metropolitan Bar Association, with funding support provided by the Cleveland Metropolitan Bar Foundation.

The CMBF is a 501(c)(3) organization; gifts to it are tax deductible as charitable contributions for federal income tax purposes.

Educational Seminars

Reach Out presents a series of free educational seminars that provide nonprofit leaders with important, current information about legal issues their organizations face every day. Following the seminar, nonprofits have the chance to sit down one-on-one with volunteer attorneys for a brief advice and counseling session. If further legal help is required, Reach Out may be able to refer the matter to a volunteer or law firm.

Email Jessica Paine to join our mailing list and be notified of upcoming events and registration.

NONPROFITS CLICK HERE to register today for "Risk(y) Business: Nonprofit Risk Management 101" on Oct. 26, part of the CMBA's Pro Bono Week celebrations.


Nonprofits are eligible for Reach Out if the following applies:

  • Geographic area served: Northeastern Ohio
  • Type and missions: The organization’s decision-making process must have significant community grassroots involvement; the organization must be working to provide housing, economic opportunities, social services, educational improvement, and/or cultural preservation to low-income populations or communities
  • Budget: Unable to pay for legal services or demonstrate that such payment would substantially negatively impact its charitable work


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