Joining the CMBA

Take advantage of our May offer! Join and get two months FREE with benefits through June 2016.

CMBA membership is open to attorneys and judges, law studentsparalegals and other affiliates.

There is only ONE organization that uniquely supports all Cleveland-area attorneys and legal professionals in a way that brings our professional community together. We look forward to welcoming you. For specific questions, contact the CMBA at 216-696-3525. Check out the top 10 reasons to join.

Join online (see details below) or download an application from that applications tab.

Log in required to join or renew online. For help or questions, please contact the CMBA at 216-696-3525. If you do not have or remember your login, simply choose "create an account" at the bottom of the login screen. The system will walk you through 3 steps to see if it can locate you in our database and help you log in.

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Why should you join?  Please watch our member testimonials and let our members speak on our behalf.

 

Annual Attorney Membership runs July 1 thru June 30.  

Prices below reflect our current March promotion,  offering 14 months for the price of 12. Membership good through June 30, 2016.  If you have any questions, please contact the CMBA Membership Department at 216-696-3525.

Annual Attorney Dues (based on first admit date)    Regular Dues    
1st year practicing (admitted 2014) $115   
2nd year practicing (admitted 2013) $155   
3rd year practicing (admitted 2012) $185   
4th year practicing (admitted 2011) $240   
5+ years of practice $315   

 Some attorneys are eligible for *Reduced Dues 

*The CMBA offers reduced dues (see rates below) for judges,  government attorneys, non-resident attorneys (living and working outside Cuyahoga County), attorneys practicing part-time or less, employed by nonprofit organizations or law schools, or attorneys not currently employed.  To affirm your eligibility, please click here. If you live and work in Lorain County, please visit our joint membership tab to learn more about our partnership with the Lorain County Bar Association.  

1st year practicing (admitted 2014)   $55 
2nd year practicing (admitted 2013)   $75 
3rd year practicing (admitted 2012)      $95 
4th year practicing (admitted 2011)   $130 
5+ years of practice   $130 

Retired Attorney Member: Qualifying retired attorneys are eligible for a membership rate of $50 per year. 

Honorary Members: Defined as an individual who has practiced law for 50 or more years and has been a member of the Bar Association for the last ten years. These members are eligible for free membership to the CMBA. Please contact the CMBA to inquire at 216-696-3525.  


Law student memberships are FREE. Click here to learn more.  


Affiliate Members: Non-attorneys, both business and legal professionals who can benefit from membership in the CMBA. Prices vary. The CMBA also offers a joint paralegal membership. See our Affiliates page or Paralegals page for more details.  

Recruitment Incentive

Current members can earn $25 off your 2015-2016 CMBA dues per new member*. When you recruit a new member, we'll credit your account $25, up to the full cost of your membership dues, as a way to say thank you.

* Dues credit promotion is for recruitment of attorneys who have never before been a CMBA member and excludes recruitment of dual/joint members, law students or those attorneys still within one year of passing the Bar. 

Lawyers  (PDF Application)
From solo practices to large firms to courtrooms, membership is available for attorneys practicing in a variety of settings. Membership dues vary depending on the number of years of practice, practice setting and other factors.

Paralegals  and Paralegal Students (PDF Application)
The CMBA offers a joint membership with the Cleveland Association of Paralegals (CAP). Through this agreement, paralegals enjoy TRIPLE membership for one rate: CMBA, CAP and The National Federation of Paralegal Associations, Inc. (NFPA). Learn more on our paralegals page, or check out CAP directly here.

Affiliates (PDF application)
If you wish to join the CMBA but are not a law student, attorney or paralegal, you may join as an affiliate. More specifically, any person who is not admitted to practice law before the Bar of Ohio or another state or territory of the U.S. and is engaged in employment or self-employment of a law-related nature may apply for status as an affiliate member. Two types of affiliate membership are available: legal affiliate (non-lawyer who is employed by a law firm, law department, law school, etc.) and business affiliate (non-lawyer, not employed by a law firm or department, consistently conducts business with attorneys and legal entities).

Law Students (application)
Law students may join for FREE. Immersing yourself in a leading professional organization will make for a smoother transition upon graduation. Join as a law student and utilize the CMBA as you grow in your career.

You may also join online, but a login is required. For help or questions, please contact the CMBA at 216-696-3525. If you do not have or remember your login, simply choose "create an account" at the bottom of the login screen. The system will walk you through 3 steps to see if it can locate you in our database and help you log in.  

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LCBA 

The CMBA also has a partnership with the Lorain County Bar Association (LCBA), offering LCBA members the opportunity to join the CMBA at a discounted rate. LCBA members who live and work in Lorain County can join the CMBA for a discounted rate of $100. In turn, CMBA members who live and work in Cuyahoga County can join the LCBA for a discounted rate of $100.

Attorneys living in one county but working in another are not eligible for the discounted dual membership. If you are interested in learning more about dual membership, please contact the CMBA at 216-696-3525.

   
CAP
 
The CMBA and CAP (Cleveland Association of Paralegals) offer a joint membership for paralegals. Through this agreement, paralegals enjoy TRIPLE membership for one rate: CMBA, CAP and The National Federation of Paralegal Associations, Inc. (NFPA). View our paralegals page.