Audrey H. Davis

Audrey H. Davis, Chief General Counselor, has over 35 years of broad-based legal experience. She has worked both in the public and private sectors. Her prior experience includes serving as a Prosecutor for the City of Cleveland for over four (4) years. She commenced employment with the Cuyahoga Metropolitan Housing Authority in December, 2000 as a Senior Staff Attorney, and in June 2004 was appointed to the position of Chief General Counsel. She is currently in charge of CMHA's Office of Legal Affairs, which includes supervising other attorneys and legal staff, and the Risk Management and Environmental Affairs Departments. She handles all phases of legal matters necessary to CMHA's business operations, including but not limited to the responsibility for major and minor litigation filed by or against CMHA in the areas of personal injury, housing, labor and employment, insurance, construction, workers' compensation, labor arbitrations, and matters pending before administrative legal tribunals, etc. She also renders legal advice and opinions to agency clients.

Attorney Davis received her undergraduate Bachelor of Arts degree from Virginia State University, and her Juris Doctorate from the University of Cincinnati. She is a member of numerous professional, community and social organizations. She is a member of Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority. She is admitted to the Ohio State Bar, the Federal District Court, and to practice in the Court of Appeals, Sixth Circuit. She was recently awarded the prestigious 2013 Glass Ceiling Award. She is married to Ollie Davis, a forty-year retired veteran of the City of Cleveland Police Department and the mother of Travee Davis Sanderson. She is the proud grandmother of two grandchildren, Aiyana and James.

Save the dates!

September 16, 2014

In partnership with Special Counsel & CMBA, NSMBA will be co-hosting a Career Development Workshop for diverse candidates seeking employment in the law field. The Workshop will be held at the Greater Cleveland Partnership, 1240 Huron Road, Cleveland, Ohio 44115, from 11:00 am.- 1:30 p.m.. Participants will learn: "what to put on your resume", "what to wear", and "legal trends". Don't miss this opportunity! Register starting August 15th, at

October 24, 2014

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

CONGRATULATIONS to Juwan Shabazz for taking 2nd Place!

Congratulations to Juwan Shabazz of Cleveland, Ohio who won second place at the national Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Drum Major for Justice Advocacy competition.  The competition was held on July 30th in Atlanta, Georgia.  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 states and localities warrant federal monitoring based on their histories of discriminatory anti-voting rules?”  Juwan won the local essay and regional advocacy competitions.  After winning the regional competition, Juwan spent his time refining his speech and sharpening his oral advocacy skills.  He competed against eleven other talented high school juniors and seniors to place 2nd.

Juwan is a rising senior at Gilmour Academy and 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 will begin his undergraduate studies in the fall of 2015.  Please join us in congratulating Juwan and supporting him in his future endeavors.

Upcoming Events

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!

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!


SPONSORSHIP LEVELS: click here ----->Sponsorship Commitment 

AD SPECIFICATIONS: click here---->Program Ad Sizes and Specification

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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.