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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MLK High School Career Shadow Day


April 7, 2017, 8a - 1p

MLK High School 11th and 12th graders will shadow NSMBA attorneys in traditional and non-traditional careers.  The day will culiminate with lunch for students and attorneys.  

Upcoming Events

MARCH 30, 2017
National Summit of Black Women Lawyers
APRIL 3, 2017
CMBA Bench Bar Memorial Program
APRIL 7, 2017
MLK High School Career Shadow Day
APRIL 8, 2017
Legal Aid Law in the Library Brief Advice Clinic
APRIL 14, 2017
CM Law BLSA Banquet
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Pitch Perfect, A Professional Development Program

The Norman S. Minor Bar Association 


Pitch Perfect, A Professional Development Program

In partnership with the President's Council Business Chamber, the Norman S. Minor Bar Association presents a program for African American/Black law firm associates and junior partners.  

Selected participants will learn the elements of an effective pitch from the President's Council Business Chamber staff and business owners, corporate counsel, and law firm partners.  After instruction and exercises, associates will participate in the Perfect Pitch Challenge where they will prepare and present a formal pitch to a panel of corporate counsel and business owners who will provide feedback and determine which participant presented the "Best Pitch".  Participant with the "Best Pitch" will win a one-on-one breakfast/lunch with one or more of the panelists.

The purpose of the program is two-fold: (1) build relationships between business owners, firms, legal departments, and African-American/Black associates and junior partners; and (2) build the "pitch skills" of African-American/Black associates and junior partners.  

To learn more about the program and apply go to are due no later than March 17, 2017.