Cleveland Metropolitan Bar Foundation


The Cleveland Metropolitan Bar Foundation (CMBF) is the charitable fundraising arm of the CMBA. It raises critical dollars for the association’s nationally recognized "Lawyers Giving Back" public outreach and pro bono legal service programs.  Each year, nearly 1,000 attorneys support these programs with volunteer service. The programs supported by the Bar Foundation change individual lives in a way that positively impacts the community. The CMBF is a nonprofit, 501(c)(3) charitable organization.

2018-2019 Foundation President: Stephanie Dutchess Trudeau

Stephanie Dutchess Trudeau, a partner at Ulmer & Berne LLP, is the 2018-2019 CMBF President. Stephanie is a longstanding active member and leader of the CMBA, having served on the Board of Trustees and as a section chair. For the past four years, she has co-chaired CMBF’s “Rock the Foundation” event which is our most significant annual fundraiser. Stephanie’s commitment to community service runs deep, as she is also a volunteer for the Legal Aid Brief Advice Clinic, a judge for the Ohio High School Mock Trial Competition, a judge for the American Mock Trial Association, and Cleveland Regional Undergraduate Mock Trial Tournament.

Recognized by The Best Lawyers in America® and designated one of the Top 50 Women Attorneys in Ohio and Top 25 Women Attorneys in Cleveland on the Ohio Super Lawyers list, Stephanie is a Board-Certified Specialist in employment and labor law. She is a board member of the Ohio State Bar Association’s Specialty Certification Board which handles the credentialing process for attorneys applying for certification as a specialist in employment and labor law. She also serves as Vice Chair of the Employment Law Section of the Ohio Association of Civil Trial Attorneys.