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. Mr. 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 Mr. Polk's dedication and outstanding service to the CCBA and CCBF.
Each year city and county courts and government agencies are asked to nominate eligible recipients for their outstanding service to the legal profession, the general public, and our justice system. 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 this county.
In 2009, the Cleveland Bar Foundation and Cuyahoga County Bar Foundation unified as the Cleveland Metropolitan Bar Foundation. The CMBF is honored and proud to continue this annual tradition providing an opportunity for celebration that is so meaningful to the judges, clerks, and court staff. The event welcomes 500 or more attendees annually, including the judges and clerks of court who will accompany the honorees.
The 66th Annual Franklin A. Polk Public Servants Merit Awards Luncheon was held on September 7, 2012.
For more information about this annual event, or to get involved as a sponsor, please contact Tressa Mazzocca at (216) 696-3525 x4007.
Thank you to our 2012 Sponsors
Baker & Hostetler LLP
Calfee, Halter & Griswold LLP
Case Western Reserve University School of Law
The Cleveland Foundation
Cleveland-Marshall College of Law
Douglass & Associates Co., L.P.A.
Kronenberg + Belovich Law LLC
Lazzaro Law Offices LLC
Mansour, Gavin, Gerlack & Manos Co., LPA
Margaret W. Wong & Associates Co., L.P.A.
Meyers, Roman, Friedberg & Lewis
Reminger Co., L.P.A.
Squire Sanders (US) LLP
Thompson Hine LLP
Tucker Ellis LLP
Ulmer & Berne LLP
Walter & Haverfield, LLP
Weltman, Weinberg & Reis Co., L.P.A.
Ashley M. Edwards
Bruce M. Hennes
Honorable Diane Karpinski (retired)
G. Christopher Meyer
To sponsor the Luncheon, please contact Mary Groth at (216) 696-3525 x5004.
$125 - Individual Sponsor (includes one ticket to the luncheon and $80 tax-deductible donation to the CMBF)
$300-Non-profit organizations-(includes 4 tickets and $180 tax-deductible donation to the CMBF)
$600 - Small firms (fewer than 5 attorneys) - (includes table of 10 and $150 tax-deductible donation to the CMBF)
$1500 - Private firms and corporations (includes table of 10 and $1050 tax-deductible donation to the CMBF)
Sponsorships include one table of 10 (unless noted), pre-event coverage in the Bar Journal (for reservations made before June 29), recognition at the event, acknowledgement in the program and post-event coverage.
In the history of the event, over 350 Cuyahoga County residents have been honored as outstanding public servants, representing in total over 8500 years of exemplary public service.
We congratulate the 2012 Honorees:
Marvin Carter- Probate Court
Michael Hrestak- County Clerk of Court
Kathleen Kuznik- Domestic Relations Court
Donna Marcoguiseppe- Garfield Heights Municipal Court
Maria Nemec- Common Pleas General Division
Pete Panos- Juvenile Court
Marilyn Reaves- Eighth District Court of Appeals
Robert Sanders, III- Cleveland Municipal Court Clerk's Office
Mark Schultz- Cleveland Municipal Court
Leslie Smith- United States Bankruptcy Court
To view a complete list of honorees, please click here .