CLE for Pro Bono Attorneys: Housing Law

  • 9:00 AM - 10:30 AM
  • Eastern Time (US & Canada)
  • By: Cleveland Metropolitan Bar Association
  • Virtual Event
  • Continuing Legal Education Program (CLE)
  • Webinar
  • Housing

The Volunteer Lawyers Program of The Legal Aid Society of Cleveland in collaboration with the Cleveland Metropolitan Bar Association present: Housing Law CLE


This seminar will provide an overview of Ohio’s landlord-tenant law, covering relevant Ohio statutes, the Fair Housing Act, eviction procedure, and tenant protections available under the CARES Act and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) order placing a moratorium on some evictions through 2020. Attendees will also learn about opportunities for pro bono representation of tenants facing eviction through the Landlord Tenant Project at the Legal Aid Society of Cleveland Volunteer Lawyers Program.



I. 9:00 a.m. - 10:00 a.m. - Barbara Reitzloff, Esq. and Joe Tomino, Esq.
Basics of Housing Law and how to handle an eviction hearing

II. 10:00 a.m. - 10:30 a.m. - Lauren Gilbride, Esq.
Volunteer needs & housing case opportunities through Legal Aid’s Volunteer Lawyers Program


1.5 hours general CLE credit pending with the Supreme Court of Ohio


Register in advance on the CMBA website!


This CLE is FREE for those who pledge to take a pro bono case: email Dominica Essi at the CMBA ( to register for free.


Presenters include:

Barbara Reitzloff is a Senior Attorney with the Housing Practice Group, and a member of the Right to Counsel – Cleveland team. Barbara began her legal career with the Legal Aid Society of Cleveland in the late 1980s. She then served as a magistrate, and then the Chief Magistrate, at the Cleveland Housing Court for more than twenty-eight years. In 2020, she returned to Legal Aid to help launch the Right to Counsel Program. She is a graduate of the University of Michigan Law School, and received her B.S. from the University of Detroit.

Joseph Tomino has been an attorney with The Legal Aid Society of Cleveland since 2017. Joe previously worked in Legal Aid’s Intake and Volunteer Lawyers Program Practice Group, where he helped organize community Brief Advice Clinics and managed private landlord-tenant case referrals to volunteer attorneys. Joe recently joined Legal Aid’s Housing Practice Group as a member of the Right to Counsel – Cleveland team. Right to Counsel – Cleveland gives eligible low-income Cleveland tenants with at least one child in the household free legal representation in eviction hearings in Cleveland Housing Court. Joe received his law degree from Case Western Reserve University School of Law.

Lauren Gilbride is the Supervising Attorney of Intake and the Volunteer Lawyers Program at the Legal Aid Society of Cleveland. Her group assists individuals applying for services from Legal Aid and provides advice to many clients. In addition, she works with volunteer attorneys throughout Legal Aid’s five county area to help serve clients. She developed and manages several pro bono projects including the Landlord Tenant Project. She is a graduate of Case Western Reserve University School of Law and received her B.A. from the University of Michigan.


PLEASE NOTE: This is a live interactive webinar that has to be viewed on your own computer or phone remotely. After registering for the course, you will receive a separate email on the day of the seminar from Zoom containing your unique link to access the live webinar.

  • CLE Credit Comments: Continuing Legal Education Registration Options: 1.5 Hour CLE Pricing*: $50.00 CMBA Members $75.00 Non Members Free for Legal Aid Volunteers who sign up to volunteer during Pro Bono Week - Email Dominica Essi *Court Personnel eligible to use applicable court funds/hours may email Dominica Essi Don't Need CLE? Auditing Registration Auditing Pricing: $10 an hour for our Members $15 an hour for Non Members To receive CLE credit, you must: - use the unique Zoom link provided to you to verify your attendance - view this program on your computer or phone (participating in this program by dialing in and listening to audio only is not an approved method of consumption) - complete the survey that will be distributed following the seminar
  • Contact:
    Cleveland Metropolitan Bar Association