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Ask Me About | Sara Cooperrider

Partner, Taft Law

by Elizabeth Miller Wood

ASK ME ABOUT: The Cincinnati Bar Association’s role in supporting the region’s legal community.

YOU’RE THE IMMEDIATE PAST PRESIDENT OF THE CINCINNATI BAR ASSOCIATION, WHICH JUST CELEBRATED ITS 150th ANNIVERSARY. HOW DOES THE CBA SUPPORT THE REGION’S LEGAL COMMUNITY? The CBA has remained a hub for education, collegiality, and professionalism for Cincinnati’s legal community. We help their professional practice, which helps the community. The CBA also helps the community through our Lawyer Referral Service. During election cycles, we provide judicial forums and publish judicial candidate reviews.

WHAT INTERNAL OPPORTUNITIES DOES THE CBA PROVIDE? We work hard to provide access to information and networking that attorneys can’t find anywhere else. We host a wide variety of continuing legal education (CLE) opportunities. Anyone from first-year law students to federal judges can attend any of our events. We also offer opportunities for career-building, from publication in our bimonthly legal magazine The Report to hosting CLE events to expanding skill sets with our Cincinnati Academy of Leadership for Lawyers.

WHAT ROLE HAS THE CBA PLAYED IN THE CITY’S HISTORICAL LANDSCAPE? Several Cincinnati mayors have been CBA members. In the 50 or so years after the CBA formed in 1872, the legal community had a direct influence on city development, politics, and decision-making. Today’s CBA members are leaders in all areas of our community, from school boards and nonprofits to businesses and elected offices.