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Posted by: Brennan Donnellan on Mar 13, 2020

This notice was sent this afternoon to our membership informing them of changes to our programming at the CMBA. We are making temporary changes in response to official recommendations about preventing the spread of coronavirus.

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Notice To the Members of the
Cleveland Metropolitan Bar Association

March 13, 2020

During the past couple of months, we have all watched the spread of the Novel Coronavirus (COVID-19) unfold around the world, and now, in the past several days, across our community. We want to share with you what the Cleveland Metropolitan Bar Association and Bar Foundation (collectively, “CMBA”) are doing to work through this ever-changing situation.

Health and Safety of Employees and Members 

Above all else, the CMBA is committed to providing a clean, safe and healthful work environment for all employees, our members and the public. In light of recent orders and recommendations from Ohio Governor Mike DeWine, the Ohio Department of Public Health, the Cuyahoga County Board of Health and the Center for Disease Control, the CMBA is taking immediate steps to ensure that we are doing our part to help disrupt and/or prevent the spread of COVID-19. 

Virtual Office Operations Plan 

As of 5pm today, the CMBA will begin operating mostly from outside of our offices. For at least the next three weeks, the CMBA staff will be working under a temporary, virtual office operations plan. In accordance with that plan, most staff will be working remotely, and we will significantly limit visitors to the CMBA to only those who are invited for a specific purpose. For everyone else, the CMBA offices will be closed. Instead, we hope you will continue to connect with us through a variety of different channels for the duration of our virtual operations.  

  1. CLE Programs 
    We encourage all CMBA Members to continue making the CMBA your CLE provider of choice, whether for live programming or online, on-demand programs. All live CLE programs and video replays have been postponed until after April 3.

    If you are looking for CLE now, you can access self-study CLE any time, 24/7 at  We encourage you to review the many offerings available from the CMBA, as well our partner bar associations throughout Ohio.

    Did you know that CLE revenue represents more than 20% of our annual revenue? We know you have many options to fulfill your CLE choices. More than ever, we hope you will think and act locally in support of the CMBA. 
  2. Meeting Attendance 
    Meetings of sections, committees and other CMBA-related working groups will go forward as scheduled. However, at least through April 3, all such meetings will be telephone-only meetings. (Some meetings may also occur via other electronic means. Watch for further, meeting-specific details.) Participation details will be provided in advance of all such meetings. 
  3. Conference Center Meeting Room Reservations 
    If you have booked an event with the CMBA’s Conference Center, the cancellation fee in your agreement will be waived if the event is rescheduled before the end of 2020.  If your event is rescheduled but ultimately cancelled completely, the terms of the original contract stand and the cancellation is subject to the fees depending upon when the event was originally cancelled.
  4. Communication of Postponements, Cancellations and Resumption of Business as Usual
    In the event that we have to postpone or cancel a meeting, event or Conference Center reservation, we will reach out as soon as practical by phone and/or email, in addition to posting the information to our website and/or online events calendar, and via Facebook. We will follow the same protocol when we are able to announce (and celebrate) our return to “business as usual” – which we hope will occur on or close to April 3, 2020. 


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