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The CBA has Moved!

Although we are excited to share our new space with you, we are not quite ready yet and will not be accepting visitors during this time. Thank you for your understanding. Watch out for updates via email and social media in the coming weeks.

Your new bar association headquarters will provide better access to education, networking, and the services you’ve come to expect from the CBA, in a format that best fits your needs.

After more than 30 years downtown, The Columbus Bar Association is moving to a new headquarters that will provide:

  • Ample meeting space and access to larger conference space in the Arena District (as well as the area’s energy and hospitality)
  • Technology to make remote connections seamless while being located within two minutes of all major traffic arteries
  • First-floor access, just steps away from convenient and affordable parking
  • And a special bonus: the savings in rent will allow the CBA to invest in a state-of-the-art production studio to be completed in the fall of 2023. The studio will be available to help members enhance their online profiles and improve their digital marketing efforts

This means that, whether you are coming from suburbia or downtown, logging into a meeting or attending in person, engaging with your peers at the Columbus Bar will be easier and more enjoyable than ever.

To accommodate the move, please note the following:

  • No on-site meetings for the month of January
  • No in-person CLEs for the month of January
  • No multimedia services
  • Background Checks on hold
  • Committee meetings will continue to stay virtual via Zoom

We look forward to seeing you soon at YOUR new bar headquarters: 230 West Street, Suite 100, Columbus, OH 43215. More details to come on an open house tentatively scheduled for April.

Read the Latest News

January 19, 2023

Columbus Bar Foundation to Host 2nd Annual Civics Event for Local High School Teachers and Students

On March 30, 2023, the Columbus Bar Foundation will host "Why Journalism is Important to Democracy" an event for local high school government and history teachers and their students. The event will feature Pulitzer Prize-winning Columnist, Eugene Robinson of the Washington Post and MSNBC and remarks from NBC4 anchor and attorney, Colleen Marshall.



January 18, 2023

Columbus Bar Foundation is hiring a Development Director

The Columbus Bar Foundation is a 501(c)3 dedicated to promoting an understanding of the law, the role of the legal profession, and access to justice for all. The Foundation is currently seeking a Development Director to direct its fundraising efforts. 

August 29, 2022

W. Breck Weigel Receives 2022 John and Ginny Elam Pro Bono Award

Pro Bono Partnership of Ohio (PBPO) is pleased to share that founding Board member and former Board President, W. Breck Weigel, Partner at Squire Patton Boggs, has been named recipient of the 2022 John and Ginny Elam Pro Bono Award.

August 01, 2022

Columbus Bar Foundation 2022 Annual Meeting Recap

On July 21, 2022, the Columbus Bar Foundation celebrated another successful year at our joint Annual Meeting and 50 Year Luncheon. Held at Mitchell Hall on Columbus State Community College’s campus, we had nearly 100 people out to enjoy a good lunch, celebrate the Foundation, swear in our new president and trustees, and honor attorneys who recently celebrated 50 years in the practice of law.

January 05, 2022

Columbus Bar Foundation to Host Civics Education Event for Local High School Teachers and Students

On March 10, 2022, the Columbus Bar Foundation will host "Preserving Our Democracy," an event for local high school government and history teachers and their students. The event will feature Pulitzer Prize–winning author Jon Meacham and special remarks by Ohio Supreme Court Chief Justice Maureen O’Connor and U.S. District Court Chief Judge Algenon L. Marbley.

October 20, 2021

Foundation Approves Grant to Support Underserved Immigrant Community

The Columbus Bar Foundation recently approved grants of $79,000 per year for two years to the Legal Aid Society of Columbus to fund a new paralegal position at Catholic Social Services’ Our Lady of Guadalupe Center in West Columbus.

July 09, 2021

Columbus Bar Foundation Introduces New Judicial Legacy Fund

2020 was a year of hardship, worry and disappointment for so many due to the onset of a mass, global pandemic. With it came much loss, including some of Columbus’s finest jurists. To honor the legacy of both those who have passed away or stepped away from the bench, the Columbus Bar Foundation has announced the inception of its new Judicial Legacy Fund.

December 30, 2020

Franklin County Municipal Court Self-Help Resource Center Featured by Politico

Politico recently featured the Franklin County Municipal Court Self-Help Center as an innovation in serving individuals who have been incarcerated. While all of the Center's work was discussed, special attention was given to the new social work program.

January 02, 2020

CBF Contributes $75,000 to Ohio Legal Help

The CBF Columbus Law Library Fund recently made a grant of $75,000 to Ohio Legal Help to help build a robust statewide self-help website (

January 20, 2023

Franklin County Children Services Job Fair for Child Welfare Caseworkers is Tuesday, January 24th from 9am to 3pm

FCCS is hosting on-site job interviews for attorneys, legal aides, caseworkers, and data management staff each month at our main office at 855 W. Mound St., Columbus, OH 43223. Please bring your resume and be prepared to interview on the spot for immediate openings. 


September 30, 2022

Tips For Commercial Landlords When Tenants File For Bankruptcy

The commercial real estate sector is facing mounting headwinds as 2023 approaches.  The pandemic has forced many businesses to reassess their real estate needs, and rising interest rates are putting stress on tenants across a variety of industries.  Landlords should be prepared to deal with more tenant bankruptcy cases in the coming year.

September 30, 2022

Mediating Business Divorces

Often, people spend more time with their business colleagues than with their families. Consequently, it’s no surprise that ending business relationships can be as messy, costly, and unpleasant as a divorce. That’s why I call such situations “business divorces.”

September 27, 2022

Columbus Bar Association 2022 Judicial Preference Poll Results Announced

The Columbus Bar Association conducted a preference poll of local attorneys for this year's contested judicial races in the Franklin County Court of Common Pleas and Domestic Relations Division, as well as the Tenth District Court of Appeals.

September 09, 2022

Is the Performance Review Dead?

In 2018 Inc. declared that the performance review is dead. General Electric said as much in 2015. They’re partially correct. The annual performance review, a holdover from the mid-20th century, is a relatively ineffective tool to communicate an employee’s performance.

August 31, 2022

Self-Study CLE Cap To Be Eliminated, Effective January 1

Starting January 1, Ohio lawyers will no longer have a limit on the amount of continuing legal education (CLE) requirements they can fulfill through approved self-study courses.

August 31, 2022

2022 CBA Judiciary Committee Findings Announced

This November, we will elect judges for Franklin County Common Pleas Court, General Division; Franklin County Common Pleas Court, Domestic Relations and Juvenile Division; and the Tenth District Court of Appeals. View the CBA's Judiciary Screening Committee findings for the 2022 judicial candidates.

August 26, 2022

Is Your Business Liable when Your Independent Contractor / Outside Security Company is Negligent?

Business owners have a duty to be aware of the foreseeable risks that hosting an event may pose for them. A business owner may think that they are protected from liability if an independent contractor or outside security company is negligent at their event – but that is not always the case under Ohio law.

August 26, 2022

Taking Care of Your Pets

When your clients have pets, arrangements should be made for the care of the pets when your client has passed on.

August 12, 2022

Managing Workers’ Compensation Claim Costs

If an employee has been injured at work, oftentimes they will not be able to return to their former position. Ohio workers’ compensation laws define the inability of an injured worker to return to their former position of employment as temporary total disability, or TTD. If this occurs, the employee may be entitled to receive TTD compensation during their recovery period.