Cleveland Metropolitan Bar Association

The CMBA is a nonprofit professional organization dedicated to serving the needs of legal professionals in Greater Cleveland. A voluntary membership organization, our members include attorneys and judges, law students, paralegals, and other business professionals. Together, we serve as the collective voice of our legal profession, both bench and bar. The CMBA has an operating budget of approximately $3 million and is home to more than 5,300 members.

In March 2008, the Cleveland Bar and Cuyahoga County Bar Association combined more than 135 years of rich history to create the unified Cleveland Metropolitan Bar Association with a primary reach of Cleveland and Cuyahoga County. As a result, the CMBA serves the largest legal community in Ohio. A center for legal professionalism in the region, it promotes the highest ethical and professional standards while leveraging the talent and generosity of our members to serve the Greater Cleveland community with lauded pro bono and community service programs focusing on youth & workforce development, access to justice, and nonprofit & artistic communities.

Articles of Incorporation
Code of Regulations
Member & Guest Guidelines

Notice of All-Member Meeting on Feb. 10, 2020 on Proposed Correction to Code of Regulations

The CMBA’s Governance Committee is recommending a correction to the CMBA Code of Regulations that went into effect on May 18, 2018.  The current Code requires that the Treasurer and Assistant Treasurer must be attorneys.  However, very few attorneys have the kind of financial background that people in these positions really should have.  This mandate was a holdover from the original CMBA bylaws that were created ten years ago when the Cleveland Bar Association and Cuyahoga County Bar Association merged and it should be corrected.  Click here to view the proposed correction to the Code of Regulations.  All CMBA members are invited and encouraged to attend a meeting on Monday, February 10, 2020 at 12:00 p.m. at the CMBA Conference Center to vote on the proposed correction to the Code.


Lawyers Giving Back

We are also the home of nationally recognized "Lawyers Giving Back" public outreach and pro bono legal service programs, funded by our Cleveland Metropolitan Bar Foundation. The Foundation's tagline - "Lawyers Giving Back" - captures the spirit behind the hard work of our volunteers and Foundation to serve our community well.

Connecting with Cleveland

We are pleased to offer all of Greater Cleveland access to legal assistance, a fantastic conference center, and opportunities to connect with our legal community and each other through business, networking and fun social events.

Our Vision

To be the model of metropolitan bar member and community service and leadership, indispensable to the practice of law in Greater Cleveland.

Our Mission

To promote the rule of law, sustain and improve the quality of and public trust in the administration of justice and the legal profession, and enhance Greater Cleveland through member, civic and community service and leadership.

Our Core Values