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CMBA Brings “Lawyers Without Rights” to Cleveland

Traveling exhibit highlights risks society faces when lawyers lose their freedom

CLEVELAND – March 28, 2012 – The Cleveland Metropolitan Bar Association (CMBA) will use the weeks surrounding Law Day to remind the public of the role lawyers play in defending society from the loss of personal liberties when it brings “Lawyers Without Rights” to Cleveland in April. The exhibit, produced by the German Federal Bar and hosted by Cleveland-Marshall College of Law, Cleveland State University, opens April 20. It is the first time the exhibit will be shown in Ohio.

”Lawyers Without Rights” tells a series of stories about the Nazi treatment of a huge percentage of German lawyers – those who were Jewish. Its message will resonate with all who understand and appreciate the concepts and ideals of a just rule of law. The 21-panel display provides a historic commentary and present-day reminder of the dangers that exist when the law is unjustly applied.

The timing of the exhibit overlaps with the national celebration of Law Day on May 1. Established in 1958, Law Day focuses on educating the public on the critical role law plays in society. The theme for Law Day 2012 is “No Courts, No Justice, No Freedom.”

“The stories told through this exhibit connect well to this year’s Law Day theme,” said Barbara Roman, CMBA president. “Lawyers are the first line of defense against abuses of the law. The exhibit honors the memory of Jewish lawyers in Nazi Germany, but also reminds us all of the importance of guarding the rule of law to ensure fair access to justice and, therefore, our freedoms.”

Open to the public and free of charge, “Lawyers Without Rights” will be on display April 20 through May 17 and from May 21 through May 31, excluding Memorial Day, in the atrium of Cleveland-Marshall College of Law at 1801 Euclid Ave., Cleveland, Ohio. Hours are Monday through Friday from 8 a.m. and 8 p.m.

In connection with the exhibit, the CMBA will be holding a number of events, including continuing legal education programs and a private reception. The exhibit will also be open to school groups, college students and other organizations after May 10. Please contact the Cleveland Metropolitan Bar Association at 216-696-3525 to arrange a group visit.

“We are so proud to help bring this powerful exhibit to Northeast Ohio,” said Craig M. Boise, dean of Cleveland-Marshall. “We welcome the opportunity to help educate visitors about the importance of having fair access to justice. The stories in this exhibit remind us why we must guard the rule of law so the past is not repeated.”

About the CMBA
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