President's Message

Dear NSMBA Members, Partners, and Sponsors,

It is with great pleasure, pride and excitement that I begin my term as President of the Norman S. Minor Bar Association (NSMBA).

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The History of the Norman S. Minor Bar Association

The Norman S. Minor Bar Association (NSMBA) was founded in 1980 as Cleveland's first full-fledged African American bar association. It grew out of the merger of four African American professional groups and is named in honor of one of Cleveland's foremost trial attorneys, African American attorney Norman Selby Minor.

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Save the dates!

January 12, 2016

NSMBA Run for the Future 5K/1 Mile Run/Walk 

Sunday June 26, 2016

7am - 10am at Cleveland Metroparks Zoo

Contact: Darlene E. White -


January 13, 2016

2016 Trailblazer Luncheon 

October 28, 2016

Cleveland Marriott Downtown at Key Center

NSMBA Run for the Future 5K/1 Mile Run/Walk - Sunday June 26, 2016, 7am - 10am at Cleveland Metroparks Zoo

Come have a fun-filled family day at the Zoo and "Run for the Future" during NSMBA's FUN RUN on June 26, 2016!  Join us as we run, walk, and raise funds for educational scholarships for minority students, all while enjoying family and friends at the Zoo!

Registration/T-Shirt Pick Up/Vendors start at 7 a.m.

5K Run/Walk starts at 8:45 a.m.

1Mile Run/Walk starts 9 a.m.

The event registration fee includes Zoo admission for arrivals during event hours and before 10:00 a.m. It also includes discounted Zoo admission fees for spectators and children!  Register Now!

All proceeds raised will directly benefit local minority high school, college and law school students who are interested in pursuing careers in the legal field. Additional donations to the The Norman S. Minor Bar Scholarship Fund to support student scholarships are welcome.

Help us invest in the future with Family Day at the Zoo! 




Duane Deskins


Porter Wright


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Upcoming Events

JUNE 26, 2016
NSMBA Run for the Future! 5K/1 Mile Walk/Run
JUNE 28, 2016
Diverse Bar Associations Summer Social
JULY 7, 2016
Panel Discussion and Cocktail Hour hosted by Jones Day
JULY 16, 2016
National Bar Association 91st Annual Convention and Exhibits
SEPTEMBER 10, 2016
Law in the Library - Norman S. Minor Bar Association Brief Advice Clinic - Glenville Branch of the Cleveland Public Library
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Joint Minority Bar Association Summer Social 2016


Please join us for a collaborative summer social in the historic Rotunda at the Downtown Heinen’s. Network with colleagues and friends and welcome the summer clerks to Cleveland’s legal community as you enjoy appetizers and a selection of craft beers and wine.

RSVP by June 22

For more information, contact:
Patrick Espinosa,
Barbara Lum,

Jointly hosted by: The Asian American Bar Association of Ohio, Hispanic Bar of Ohio, and Norman S. Minor Bar Association

*** Norman S. Minor Bar Association Membership Deal ALERT ***  
Bring a friend to the Summer Social and you will both receive 25% off your NSMBA membership fee for 1 year, 2 years, or 3 years! Contact Membership Secretary Ludgy LaRochelle for more information.