Enhancing the Cohesion, Character, and Inclusiveness of our Local Legal Profession

Chaired by Hon. Karen Litkovitz and Michael Hawkins


We invite you to apply for the Lawyers Connecting Beyond the Law (LCBL) program.  LCBL is an enriching culturally responsive program that involves bringing together lawyers and law students of many diverse backgrounds every other month for five (5) large group sessions and small learning groups. Participants agree to engage in both large and small group sessions and casual get-togethers to share new and diverse experiences throughout the year.


Target Audience

This program is open to diverse members of the Cincinnati Bar Association and local law students who have and aspire to have the ability to understand, communicate with and effectively interact with people across cultures.


2022 Topic

This year we will learn from experts in the field of Critical Race Theory (CRT) to gain a greater understanding of what CRT is and what it is not.  Each session will focus on the principles of CRT and its impact in areas such as education, the criminal justice system, and the economy.  Participants will have an opportunity to learn from experts and each other as all voices will be heard during our sessions.


Program Goals

·    Make our local bar and community more welcoming and inclusive though the development of personal relationships

·    Create new and expanded opportunities to engage in meaningful dialogue

·    Break down barriers and foster inclusiveness by building cultural competencies 


Program Duration

LCBL will run virtually (in-person if circumstances permit) from January 2022 – September 2022.  Participants will be asked to take part in a series of large group learning sessions during the months of January, March, May, July, and September.  There will also be opportunities for small group discussions.  Off months are reserved for casual get-togethers and opportunities to share experiences.


Program Cost

The Cincinnati Bar Association is pleased to offer this interactive program to its members and local law students free of charge. 


Over 250 lawyers have participated in this culturally diverse program since 2018. Join us for this transformative opportunity. Space is limited.

Apply today


Upcoming Dates

01.10.2022 | Application Deadline

01.24.2022 | Session I with Dr. Rodney Coates, Miami University

03.21.2022 | Session II

05.16.2022 | Session III

07.18.2022 | Session IV

09.19.2022 | Session V


Questions? Please contact LaDonna Wallace Smith, Director of Community Engagement at 513.699.1392.