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Cleveland Metropolitan Bar Association

The CMBA is a nonprofit professional organization dedicated to serving the needs of legal professionals in Greater Cleveland. A voluntary membership organization, our members include attorneys and judges, law students, paralegals, and other business professionals. Together, we serve as the collective voice of our legal profession, both bench and bar. The CMBA has an operating budget of approximately $3 million and is home to nearly 5,000 members.

In March 2008, the Cleveland Bar and Cuyahoga County Bar Association combined more than 135 years of rich history to create the unified Cleveland Metropolitan Bar Association with a primary reach of Cleveland and Cuyahoga County. As a result, the CMBA serves the largest legal community in Ohio. A center for legal professionalism in the region, it promotes the highest ethical and professional standards while leveraging the talent and generosity of our members to serve the Greater Cleveland community with lauded pro bono and community service programs focusing on youth & workforce development, access to justice, and nonprofit & artistic communities.

Articles of Incorporation
Code of Regulations
Member & Guest Guidelines 

Lawyers Giving Back

We are also the home of nationally recognized "Lawyers Giving Back" public outreach and pro bono legal service programs, funded by our Cleveland Metropolitan Bar Foundation. The Foundation's tagline - "Lawyers Giving Back" - captures the spirit behind the hard work of our volunteers and Foundation to serve our community well.

Connecting with Cleveland

We are pleased to offer all of Greater Cleveland access to legal assistance, a fantastic conference center, and opportunities to connect with our legal community and each other through business, networking and fun social events.


Our Vision

To serve as the indispensable, go-to organization in Northeast Ohio on matters of law and justice.

Our Mission

To promote the rule of law and the legal profession by supporting, empowering and celebrating our members and the community.

Our Core Values


Accomplishing Our Vision

Our Ten Year Direction With A Three Year
Strategic Plan For Action 2020 - 2023


Retain, grow and continue to diversify our membership by enhancing the Bar’s value proposition and member participation.

Programs &

Strengthen our sections and committees to emphasize bar fundamentals in the delivery of best-in-class programs and services that will attract, include and engage diverse professionals.

Leadership Development

Empower and develop emerging and established leaders who represent the full spectrum of the legal community.


Continue our evolution as the go-to organization for matters of law and justice by serving as a community convenor and collaborating with others to address the significant issues confronting Northeast Ohio.


Section & Committee News

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