The rain held off until the end, and more than 1,000 people came to the Cleveland Metroparks Zoo as new Presidents were sworn in on Tuesday evening for the Cleveland Metropolitan Bar Association (CMBA), and the Cleveland Metropolitan Bar Foundation (CMBF). This marks the first time in the organizations' history that women have held both President positions, along with a woman CEO.
Rosalina (Rose) Fini accepted her new role as CMBA President at the 14th Annual Meeting at the Cleveland Metroparks Zoo. Rose serves as Chief Legal and Ethics Officer for the Zoo. In front of a standing-room-only crowd, Rose challenged, "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."
Lee Ann O'Brien accepted her new role as the first business affiliate member to serve as President of the CMBF. Lee Ann is the Chief Marketing Officer with McGregor, and a long-time leader with the Bar. Lee Ann is excited to show that service through our Foundation isn't just for lawyers. "The CMBF provides programs that change lives, building a diversity of ideas, by lifting up students who can go on to serve for future generations."
CMBA CEO Rebecca Ruppert McMahon adds, "We talk about building a Bar for the next generation. I'm proud to serve with these dynamic leaders, who bring a passion for professional excellence and inclusion, as we begin our 148th year of service to Northeast Ohio."