Lawyers Without Rights

CMBA Brings “Lawyers Without Rights” to Cleveland

The Cleveland Metropolitan Bar Association (CMBA) will use the weeks surrounding Law Day to remind the public of the role lawyers play in defending society from the loss of personal liberties when it brings “Lawyers Without Rights” to Cleveland in April. The exhibit, produced by the German Federal Bar and hosted by Cleveland-Marshall College of Law, Cleveland State University, opens April 20. It is the first time the exhibit will be shown in Ohio. The exhibit is free to the public.

”Lawyers Without Rights” tells a series of stories about the Nazi treatment of a huge percentage of German lawyers – those who were Jewish. Its message will resonate with all who understand and appreciate the concepts and ideals of a just rule of law. The 22-panel display provides a historic commentary and present-day reminder of the dangers that exist when the law is unjustly applied.

The timing of the exhibit overlaps with the national celebration of Law Day on May 1, click to read a Presidential Proclamation. Established in 1958, Law Day focuses on educating the public on the critical role law plays in society. The theme for Law Day 2012 is “No Courts, No Justice, No Freedom.” Click here to read the full press release.

In connection with the exhibit, the CMBA will be holding a number of events, including continuing legal education programs and a private reception.  See the sidebar on the right for more details.

Thank you to our committee co-chairs and members for their continued hardwork and dedication in bringing this event to Cleveland.


Anne Meyers & Jayne Geneva

Committee Members:

Dean Craig Boise
Diane Citrino
Richard Dorman
Judi Feniger
Bruce Hennes
Alan Kopit
Judge Dan Polster
Heidi Gorovitz Robertson
Barbara Roman
Larry Zukerman

LWR-Hitler's_CourtClick here to view a video titled Hitler's Courts. This is a documentary in which experts in international law examine the pervasion of law under Nazi rule. It features archival footage and rarely seen photographs.  Video provided by, and posted with permission by, the Touro College Jacob D. Fechsberg Law Center.

Interested in learning more? Click here for several valuable resources


We would like to thank our sponsors who have helped bring this exhibit to Cleveland.

Beachwood Plastic Surgery
Gretel B. Bloch Charitable Trust
Howard Dickey-White, M.D.
Michael Hennenberg
Horizon Health Services, L.L.C. 
Jewish Federation of Cleveland
Mediation, Inc.
Meyers, Roman, Friedberg & Lewis
Mitchell Levanthal, M.D.
Fred Rzepka
Sherwin Williams
Ultimate Homecare of Solon
Vendor's Exchange, Inc. 
Zukerman,  Daiker & Lear Co. LPA

If you would like to be a sponsor of this exhibit, please contact the CMBA at 216-696-3525 to learn more. 

Law Day 2012

Exhibit Dates and Hours

April 20 - May 17 & May 21 - May 31 (excluding Memorial Day)

Monday - Friday 8:00 a.m. - 8:00 p.m.


Cleveland-Marshall College of Law
Atrium of the Law Library
1801 Euclid Ave., Cleveland, Ohio

Continuing Legal Education

The CMBA will be hosting two CLE events that coincide with this exhibit:

Friday, May 11th
Topic: The Rule of Law
Free to all participants (3.00 CLE hrs. approved)

Wednesday, May 16th
Panel Discussion: “No Courts, No Justice, No Freedom: The Erosion of the Rule of Law in Today’s World”  
CLE & evening reception,free to all participants (1.00 CLE hrs. approved)

Additional Exhibit Programs

The Diversity Management Program at Cleveland State University will be hosting two additional presentations during the exhibit's duration inside the Moot Court Room at Cleveland-Marshall College of Law.

Wednesday, May 23rd
Topic: Racial profiling and Justice for All?
Free and open to the public. 5:30 p.m.
(1.00 CLE hrs. approved)

Thursday, May 24th
Topic: The Syrian Puppet Government: Can There be a Democratic, Secular and Pluralistic State in Syria?
Free and open to the public. 5:00 p.m.
(2.00 CLE hrs. approved)

Topic: Prisons for Profit: The Next Step in Mass Incarceration
Free and open to the public. 7:00 p.m.

Questions can be directed to Lisa Parola Gaynier 216.523.7266, Cleveland State University.


Exhibit Information 
Program Calendar 
The documentary Hitler's Courts
Community Resouces

Group Tours

The exhibit will also be open to school groups, college students and other organizations after May 10.

Contact us at 216-696-3525 to arrange a group visit.