Public Servants Merit Awards Luncheon

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 400 or more attendees annually, including the judges and clerks of court who will accompany the honorees.

The 67th Annual Franklin A. Polk Public Servants Merit Awards Luncheon was held on September 20, 2013.  Over 450 guests attended the luncheon to recognize the outstanding public service of ten dedicated court employees.  This year, special recognition was also given to Gerald Fuerst, for his 37 years of service to the courts.

For more information about this annual event, or to get involved as a sponsor, please contact Tressa Mazzocca at (216) 696-3525 x4007.

To sponsor the Luncheon, please contact Tressa Mazzocca at (216) 696-3525 x4007.

Sponsorship Levels

$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), event coverage in the Bar Journal, recognition at the event, acknowledgement in the program and post-event coverage.

Thank you to our 2013 Sponsors!

Calfee, Halter & Griswold LLP
Cleveland-Marshall College of Law
Greater Cleveland Partnership
Kohrman Jackson & Krantz PLL
Kronenberg + Belovich Law LLC
Mansour, Gavin, Gerlack & Manos Co., L.P.A.
Nurenberg Paris Heller & McCarthy Co LPA
Reminger Co. L.P.A.
Squire Sanders (US) LLP
Tucker Ellis LLP
Ulmer & Berne LLP
Walter | Haverfield
Weltman, Weinberg & Reis Co., L.P.A.
Hon. Diane Karpinski (retired)
Lynn Lazzaro
Scott Lewis
Lori Luka
Barbara Roman

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 2013 Honorees:

Bruce J. Bishilany- Court of Common Pleas 

Karmin Bryant- Juvenile Court

Vincent Dudley- Domestic Relations Court

Jim Kaye- County Clerk of Court

Jerome Krakowski- Cleveland Municipal Court

David Parchem- Eighth District Court of Appeals

Eunice Ramsey- U.S. Bankruptcy Court

Tina Rose- Probate Court

Maria Vargas- Cleveland Municipal Court Clerk's Office

Barbara Wirtz- City of Parma Law Department

*Special Recognition for 37 years of Service – Gerald Fuerst – Retired, Clerk of Courts, Cuyahoga County