Renee Tramble Richard

Ms. Richard provides legal counsel and advice to every department of the College. Reporting directly to the Board of Trustees and the Office of the President, Ms. Richard and her team handle all in-house legal issues, including Board of Trustee resolutions and matters, employment issues, contract review, academic and student issues, and public record requests. In addition, Ms. Richard oversees the College's Records Management Department, which includes the College archives, and sets policies related to records retention and storage.

Ms. Richard comes to the College after being a Partner with Roetzel & Andress, LPA, in their Public Finance Department. While with Roetzel she focused her practice on public law and public finance. She has experience serving as bond counsel, underwriter's counsel, bank counsel and placement agent's counsel. Ms. Richard managed both tax-exempt and taxable bond financings from the initial structuring session to the bond funding and closing. Her financings included various revenue and general obligation financings, including industrial development revenue bonds, housing revenue bonds, special assessments, water revenue bonds, airport revenue bonds, conduit financings and 501(c)(3) bonds. She worked extensively with municipal and state governments, nonprofit organizations, housing finance agencies, housing authorities, institutions of higher education and community development corporations.

Ms. Richard served for two years as general counsel to the Cleveland Citywide Development Corporation and served for four years as general counsel to the Cuyahoga County Housing Consortium. She also served on numerous boards and audit committees, including the Economic Development Loan Review Committee for the Cuyahoga County Community Improvement Corporation.

Ms. Richard worked in a similar capacity with the following law firms: Squire Sanders (2000-2007) Senior Associate, Calfee Halter (1992-2000) Associate and Benesch Friedlander (1989-1992) Associate. Prior to her legal career, Ms. Richard was a Principal in the Cleveland Accounting firm Watson, Rice & Co.

Save the dates!

October 24, 2014

Annual Trailblazer Luncheon at 11:30a.m. at The Marriott Downtown. Go to "Events" for information on how to register today!

The Annual Trailblazer Recognition & Scholarship Luncheon

"Blazing Trails from the Community, the Bench, & the Boardroom!"

                                                Join us as we recognize our 

Community Trailblazer: Reverend Dr. Stephen Rowan, Bethany Baptist Church;

Bench Trailblazer: Honorable Melody J. Stewart, Ohio Court of Appeals- Eighth District; and

Boardroom Trailblazer: Michelle Johnson Tidjani, Deputy Chief Legal Officer at The Cleveland Clinic.

Date: October 24, 2014

Time: 11:30am-1:30pm

Place: Marriott Downtown

Registration: Go to "Events" for information on how to Register on-line, via mail or email!


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Upcoming Events

AUGUST 6, 2014
Community Orientation Program
SEPTEMBER 16, 2014
Diversity & Inclusion Career Development Workshop
OCTOBER 24, 2014
Annual Trailblazer Luncheon
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Community Outreach Activities

NSMBA Family and Friends Reunion & Picnic

Thanks to everyone who came out to the First NSMBA Family Friends & Reunion Picnic at The Chalet Metroparks Recreation Area! A great time was had by all!!

Huge Success!- Panel Discssion with Stokes Scholars & Minority Clerkship Students- on July 2nd

NSMBA and CMBA co-sponsored a panel discussion with Students from two CMBA programs- Stokes Scholars and the Minority Clerkship Programs on July 2nd! The students were extremely engaged and appreciated the opportunity to network with our members! Thanks to CMBA for hosting this event! A special thanks goes out to our panelist who did an outstanding job!

CONGRATULATIONS to Juwan Shabazz and our own Ronald V. Johnson, Jr. & Zakiyyah N. Ashshaheed!

The Region VI MLK Drum Major for Justice Advocacy Competition was held in Memphis, Tennessee on Saturday, June 14th.  This year’s topic was “If Martin Luther King, Jr. were alive, would he advocate to revise Section 4 of the Act to include a new formula for deciding which state and localities warrant federal monitoring based on their histories of discriminatory anti-voting rules?” 

Juwan Shabazz of Cleveland, Ohio won the local essay and regional advocacy competitions and will move on to compete at the national competition in Atlanta, Georgia in July.  Juwan is a rising senior at Gilmour Academy.  He finished his Junior year of high school with a 3.6 GPA.  His extracurricular activities include the Gilmour Mock Trial team, Speech and Debate, Lacrosse, Football, Investment Club, Drama Club, Courage to Act Crew and Model U.N. He hopes to begin his undergraduate studies at Kenyon College in the fall of 2015.  Please join us in supporting Juwan as he moves on to the next phase of the competition.

The 2014-2015 regional officers were elected during the Regional VI Conference.  The Norman S. Minor Bar Association congratulates Ronald V. Johnson, Jr. and Zakiyyah N. Ashshaheed who will serve as Regional Director and Treasurer.  Ron and Zakiyyah have served Region VI since 2011 as Special Projects Coordinator and Assistant Treasurer and are looking forward to their new roles within the organization.  We wish them continued success as they take office later this year.

The 2015 Region VI Conference will take place in Cincinnati, Ohio.  Details will be forwarded as they become available.


Attorney Bari E. Goggins: The Executive Board of the Norman S. Minor Bar Association, on behalf of its members, extends its deepest sympathy, love, and support to the family and friends of Attorney Bari E. Goggins, who passed away on Sunday, May 4, 2014.

Magistrate Ruben Pope: The Executive Board of the Norman S. Minor Bar Association, on behalf of its members, extends its deepest sympathy, love, and support to the family and friends of Attorney Ruben E. Pope, III. We submit this Resolution on his behalf.