65th Annual Public Servants Luncheon

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Bar Foundation to Host 65th Annual Public Servants Luncheon
Cuyahoga County Executive Ed Fitzgerald to Deliver Keynote

CLEVELAND – September 12, 2011 – The Cleveland Metropolitan Bar Foundation (CMBF) is proud to present the 65th Annual Franklin A. Polk Public Servants Merit Awards Luncheon on Friday, Sept. 16 from 12 to 1:30 p.m. at the Marriott at Key Center in downtown Cleveland. The Awards Luncheon celebrates and honors public servants whose everyday commitment to the courts ensures Ohioans’ full access to the justice system. Cuyahoga County Executive Ed Fitzgerald is scheduled to deliver his remarks at approximately 12:30 p.m.

Each year, city, county and federal courts nominate eligible recipients and these merit awards are given for long and faithful service, devotion to duty, wise counsel, unfailing patience, and assistance to the public and members of the Bench and Bar of Cuyahoga County. The event welcomes hundreds of attendees annually.

The 2011 Honorees are:
• Vicky Baskovic – Domestic Relations Court
• Joseph Fouts – U.S. Bankruptcy Court
• Robert Kozub and Daniel Peterca – Common Pleas General Division
• Kathleen Kurz – Cleveland Municipal Clerk’s Office
• Carolyn Molchan Malanij – Court of Appeals
• Terrence Murphy – County Clerk of Courts
• Carlos Robinson – Juvenile Court
• Roberta Suydam – South Euclid Municipal Court
• Christopher Williams – Cleveland Municipal Court
• Yvette Wright – Probate Court

“This event allows the entire legal community the chance to collectively thank the public servants for the help they provide to those conducting business at the courts in Northeast Ohio,” said Ray Malone, president of the CMBF and partner at Baker & Hostetler LLP. “We are pleased to continue this tradition of celebrating the honorees and are especially excited to welcome Cuyahoga County Executive Ed Fitzgerald to this year’s event.”

The plan to honor deserving public servants was inaugurated in 1947 by the late Raymond D. Metzner, a past president of the Cuyahoga County Bar Association (CCBA). CCBA Past President Franklin A. Polk served annually as continuous chairman until 1986. Polk was involved with this program until his passing in 1991. In 1986, the Public Servants Merit Award was renamed the "Franklin A. Polk Public Servants Merit Award" to honor Polk's dedication and outstanding service to the CCBA and Cuyahoga County Bar Foundation (CCBF). In 2009, the Cleveland Bar Foundation and CCBF unified as the CMBF.

Sponsors* for this year’s event include: Baker & Hostetler LLP; Benesch, Friedlander, Coplan & Aronoff LLP; Bolek Besser Glesius LLC; Cleveland Rape Crisis Center; Kohrman Jackson & Krantz P.L.L.; Kronenberg + Belovich Law  LLC; Meyers, Roman, Friedberg & Lewis; Porter Wright Morris & Arthur LLP; Reminger Co., L.P.A.; Spangenberg, Shibley & Liber LLP; Squire, Sanders & Dempsey (US) LLP; Thompson Hine LLP; Tucker Ellis & West LLP; Ulmer & Berne LLP; and Weltman, Weinberg & Reis Co., L.P.A.
*Sponsors are subject to change.

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About the CMBF
The Cleveland Metropolitan Bar Foundation is the charitable arm and partner of the Cleveland Metropolitan Bar Association. It raises funds to support the important public outreach activities of the Association, which are organized primarily under the Justice For All umbrella. These activities include a variety of pro bono legal service, law-related education, tutoring and mentoring programs. Additionally, the CMBF assists the Association’s diversity initiatives aimed at improving the pipeline of minority students entering the legal profession. www.clemetrobar.org/Foundation.