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Posted by: Brennan Donnellan on Jun 16, 2020

Live Event On June 25th Features New Presidents, Honors and Tributes

CLEVELAND - June 16, 2020 - The legal community has responded overwhelmingly to The Cleveland Metropolitan Bar Association’s live streamed programming during both the Covid-19 pandemic and after recent protests demanding racial justice. We are proud to convene conversations that make our legal system work for everyone. Recognizing the value of these digital interactions and the need for social distancing, the CMBA will live stream our 13th Annual Meeting on Thursday, June 25, 2020 from 4-5pm.
While only select Bar leaders and members will be present at the Cleveland Metropolitan Conference Center, the entire community is invited to participate via Zoom and Facebook Live. The public can register at

CMBA President-Elect Joseph N. Gross will take the oath of office as our new President. Joe is a partner at Benesch, Friedlander, Coplan & Aronoff LLP and a long-time CMBA leader and member. He will present the theme of this year’s annual meeting, “2020 Vision: Clearly Seeing Our Road To Success.”
“2020 Vision means focusing now on the future, even in a time of extraordinary challenges,” Joe remarked. “We’re going to have to understand what we do well, what our members and this community need for us to do well, and how we can do that in this environment.”

We also celebrate the start of Carter E. Strang’s term as President of the Cleveland Metropolitan Bar Foundation, the fundraising arm of the CMBA. Carter is a partner at Tucker Ellis, LLP. For several decades, Carter has been a tireless supporter of our Bar’s pipeline and educational programs, including our Louis Stokes Scholars Program for college students and the 3Rs, which teaches Rights, Responsibilities and Realities to students in Cleveland and East Cleveland schools.

“I ask our members to find something they have passion for, whether it’s 3Rs, Stokes Scholars or Mock Trial, and get involved,” Carter said. “We need you now more than ever.”

The new slate of officers to be introduced includes:

Additionally, starting new three-year terms as Directors are:

We’ll proudly recognize our honorary members with 50 and 65 years of Bar service. In addition, outgoing president Ian N. Friedman will announce the recipients of the CMBA’s 2020 Honorable William K. Thomas Professionalism Award, Justice for All Volunteer of the Year Award, and the President’s Award.

Our Sponsors
Thank you to our generous sponsors to make this CMBA 13th Annual Meeting possible:

  • Cleveland-Marshall Law Alumni Association
  • Cross Country Mortgage
  • The Legal Aid Society of Cleveland
  • Tucker Ellis LLP

About the CMBA
The nonprofit Cleveland Metropolitan Bar Association operates as a center for legal professionalism in the region, promoting the highest ethical and professional standards. The CMBA strives to be an indispensable resource for its 5,200 members and the go-to organization on issues of law and justice in Northeast Ohio. Learn more at



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