Profiles: Jane M. Bolin

Jane Matilda Bolin LL.B. (April 11, 1908 - January 8, 2007) was the first African-American woman to graduate from Yale Law School, the first to join the New York City Bar Association, and the first to join the New York City Law Department. She became the first black woman to serve as a judge in the United States when she was sworn into the bench of the New York City Domestic Relations Court in 1939.

Save the dates!

July 20, 2014

NSMBA Family and Friends Reunion and Homecoming Pic-nic at the Chalet Metroparks Recreation Area!

October 24, 2014

Annual Trailblazer Luncheon at 11:30a.m. at The Marriott Downtown.

It's here! Welcome to the New NSMBA website!

We are delighted to share with you our newly redesigned website, with a professional design, a clean new look and user-friendly navigation features.

We invite you to start exploring! Immediately you will notice streamlined menus, simple navigation and access to the information you need. Check out the schedule of events and the Save-the-Date notices! Find out what NSMBA is up to this year and jump on board!

We will be rolling out new pages and functionality over the coming months, and hope that you enjoy visiting our new website. If by chance you experience any digital hiccups or virtual road blocks along the way, please let us know via email. We will do our best to perfect your browsing experience.

Going forward, we will continually expand our online content and keep you updated with the latest information. So check back often, and connect with us on your social network.

If you attended the March 5th General Body meeting, you knew this was coming! This is only one of the many things to look forward to in our Strategic Initiative efforts! So stay tuned for more!

Upcoming Events

APRIL 25, 2014
C|Mlaw BLSA Banquet
MAY 9, 2014
MLK High School Field Trip
MAY 15, 2014
Brief Advice Clinic (NSMBA, Legal Aid, OSBA, Antioch Baptist Church, CMBA)
MAY 30, 2014
Region VI- NBA Conference
JUNE 4, 2014
full event calendar >

Community Outreach Activities

Legal Aid Brief Advice Clinic

In partnership with the OSBA, The U.S. Attorney's Office, Legal Aid Society of Cleveland, and South Euclid Municipal Court, NSMBA members will volunteer at the Free Brief Legal Advice and Expungement Clinic at Antioch Baptist Church on May 15, 2014, where residents have the opportunity to receive guidance and direction on civil matters.

Community Orientation Program

The NSMBA collaborates efforts with the Cleveland Municipal Court through C.O.P. to educate citizens on their rights and responsibilities when interacting with law enforcement.  Sessions are held the first Wednesday of the Month, every other month, from 6:00p.m. to 8:00p.m., on the Metro campus of Cuyahoga Community College. 

2014 National Bar Association Region VI Conference

The National Bar Association's Region VI National Conference will be held in Memphis TN, from May 30th through June 1st. The MLK Essay & Oratory Competition will be held on May 31, 2014. In 2011, NSMBA proudly hosted the 2011 National Bar Association's Region VI National Conference in downtown Cleveland. Let's show our support by going to Memphis.

Magistrate Ruben Pope

It is with heartfelt sympathy that we express our condolences to the family of Magistrate Ruben Pope who passed away on April 10, 2014.

Magistrate Pope served as Magistrate for the Cleveland Municipal Court/Housing Division since 1995. He received his undergraduate degree from Kenyon College and his J.D. from the Boston College Law School. Magistrate Pope served as the Membership Secretary for NSMBA from 2009-2013. He will be greatly missed by all.

The arrangements for Magistrate Pope are as follows:

There will be a viewing Wednesday, April 16, 2014 from 3:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m. at

Pernel Jones & Sons Funeral Home
7120 Cedar Avenue
Cleveland, Ohio 44103
(216) 273-3910

A second viewing will be Thursday, April 17, 2014 from 10:00 a.m. until 11:00 a.m., with funeral services to follow immediately at:

St. John AME Church
2261 E 40th Street
Cleveland, Ohio 44103
(216) 431-2560.

For information concerning donations, please feel free to contact

Cordelia A. Glenn
Court Administrator
Cleveland Municipal Court/ Housing Division
1200 Ontario Street
Cleveland, Ohio 44113
216-420-8052 (fax)