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Posted by: Brennan Donnellan on Jul 1, 2021
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"I woke up this morning excited to embrace New Year's Day at the CMBA!" exclaimed CMBA CEO Becky Ruppert McMahon this morning. "The past 12 months have shown all of us – and everyone engaged with the CMBA – that we are a leader among Bar Associations and in our own community."

As you probably know, the CMBA operates on a fiscal year that begins July 1st. Today is the first day that many of our new and renewing members have access to additional benefits, like unlimited CLE with BarOne. For others, you'll see more reminders to renew so you don't miss out on a busy Bar calendar of in-person events.

So, as we celebrate this July 4th weekend, we also welcome a new year and the challenges ahead!

Rosalina M. Fini assumes her role as CMBA President beginning with our new fiscal year on July 1, 2021. Rose and our other new leaders will be officially sworn in during CMBA’s 14th Annual Meeting on Tuesday, July 13th at the Cleveland Metroparks Zoo. 

Rose serves as the Cleveland Metroparks Chief Legal & Ethics Officer. She is a Life Member of the Judicial Conference of the Eighth Judicial District, a member of the Association of Zoos and Aquariums delegation team for the United Nations CITES Treaty, a Leadership Cleveland Class of 2015 graduate, and the 2014 Crain’s Cleveland Business General and In-House Counsel Government Award recipient. 

Rose says she’s ready to take on the challenges ahead. “As attorneys and as responsible citizens, we must change the trajectory of political discourse in our country. We must be critical thinkers focusing on the truth for the health of our democracy, and we have to be vigilant in our efforts to remain a nation ruled by law and not men.” 


Rose accepts the role of President after a historic year of leadership from outgoing President Joe Gross. Joe gave us steady and critical guidance through the challenges of Covid-19 lockdown, and the unprecedented events following the 2020 Presidential Election. “Our strategic plan had several focus areas, including thought leadership and member engagement,” Joe said. ”Those focus areas were formulated and agreed upon when no one knew the word Covid-19. Even now, those goals are on track. The future is bright.” 


Lee Ann O'Brien also assumes her role on July 1st as President of the Cleveland Metropolitan Bar Foundation. Lee Ann is the Chief Marketing Officer of The McGregor Foundation. Lee Ann originally joined the CMBA as a Business Affiliate Member in 2014. She quickly became active in both the Women in Law and Estate Planning Sections. In 2016, she joined the CMBF Board of Directors where she immediately and significantly contributed her networking and fundraising capabilities. She served as co-chair of Rock the Foundation in both 2018 and 2019, the Foundation's signature fundraiser. She is also a Foundation Fellow. 


We thank outgoing CMBF President Carter Strang, who led the Foundation through record-breaking fundraising efforts, in spite of the challenges of lockdown. Carter championed successful CMBF events, including our first-ever virtual Halloween Run for Justice, and Rock The Foundation 16, which brought us together virtually to share music, fun and party like no other! Carter is a past President of the Cleveland Metropolitan Bar Association and continues to support vital CMBF programs that he helped to create including the 3Rs, Teaching Rights, Responsibilities and Realities in high school, and the Louis Stokes Scholars program for college students. 


We will celebrate these leaders, and our new and returning CMBA and CMBF Board Members at our 14th Annual Meeting on July 13th. "Wild for Change” is the theme this year as we come together at the Cleveland Metroparks Zoo. For more information or for tickets, visit 



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