Building Connections with the Nonprofit Community

We provide important education on legal topics for nonprofit leaders, as well as training for attorneys looking to serve and advise those nonprofits that are making a difference in our community. Through a partnership with the Association of Corporate Counsel, Northeast Ohio and the Federal Bar Association, Northern District of Ohio Chapter, Reach Out coordinates quarterly seminars and brief advice clinics free to the public, with free CLE credit for volunteers.


2019 Calendar - coming soon

Email Jessica Paine to be added to our mailing list to stay in the loop when registration opens for upcoming seminars in 2019! Click here for the 2018 Reach Out brochure.

Nonprofit leaders are encouraged to attend each FREE seminar and participate in the brief advice clinics that follow. Attorneys will receive 1.5 hours of CLE credit for attendance at the educational seminar, which is free with participation in the clinic to follow. All seminars are held at the CMBA offices at 1375 East Ninth Street, Floor 2, Cleveland, Ohio 44114.

  • March 15, 2018 – “An Ounce of Intent, a Ton of Tenacity: What It Takes to Form a Nonprofit” with the Volunteer Lawyers for the Arts (VLA), featuring Steven W. Day of Calfee, Halter & Griswold LLP
  • May 10, 2018 – “Make Your Own Rain: Fundraising and Crowdfunding for Nonprofits,” featuring guest speakers Alexander Campbell of Buckingham, Doolittle & Burroughs, LLC and Nathan G. Haskell of The Gertsburg Law Firm Co., LPA.
  • Aug. 23, 2018 – “Board Onboard, Baby! Legal Issues in Board Governance & Engagement,” featuring guest speakers Joseph Mead, Assistant Professor, Cleveland State University, and Elizabeth Voudouris, Executive Vice President, Business Volunteers Unlimited
  • Oct. 25, 2018 – “What a Novel Idea! Intellectual Property Overview for Nonprofits” held during Pro Bono Week with the Volunteer Lawyers for the Arts (VLA) -- featuring guest speakers Paul Filon of Buckingham, Doolittle & Burroughs, LLC, Andrea Liguore of The Law Offices of Andrea Liguore, LLC, and Maggie Petrush of the Inventors Hall of Fame, with moderator Alexander Campbell of Buckingham, Doolittle & Burroughs, LLC.
Looking to start a nonprofit or for non-legal help? The Foundation Center of Cleveland offers a free online resources and information: click here.

Reach Out:  Legal Assistance for Nonprofits is a program of the Cleveland Metropolitan Bar Association, with funding support provided by the Cleveland Metropolitan Bar Foundation.

The CMBF is a 501(c)(3) organization; gifts to it are tax deductible as charitable contributions for federal income tax purposes.

Educational Seminars

Reach Out presents a series of free educational seminars that provide nonprofit leaders with important, current information about legal issues their organizations face every day. Following the seminar, nonprofits have the chance to sit down one-on-one with volunteer attorneys for a brief advice and counseling session. If further legal help is required, Reach Out may be able to refer the matter to a volunteer or law firm.

Email Jessica Paine to join our mailing list and be notified of upcoming events and registration.


Nonprofits are eligible for Reach Out if the following applies:

  • Geographic area served: Northeastern Ohio
  • Type and missions: The organization’s decision-making process must have significant community grassroots involvement; the organization must be working to provide housing, economic opportunities, social services, educational improvement, and/or cultural preservation to low-income populations or communities
  • Budget: Unable to pay for legal services or demonstrate that such payment would substantially negatively impact its charitable work


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