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Greater Cleveland Bench-Bar Memorial Program


The 2020 Greater Cleveland Bench-Bar Memorial Program, originally scheduled to be held on Monday, April 6 at the CMBA Conference Center Auditorium has been postponed. Please stay tuned as we work on finding an alternative date for this year's Memorial Program to pay tribute to attorneys and judges from Cleveland and Cuyahoga County who passed away in 2019 (January 1, 2019 - December 31, 2019) and had devoted their lives to upholding the rule of law and the highest standards of the community. The event will likely be re-scheduled for June 2020.

Every year, during the ceremony, brief remarks are made by various judges and local bar association representatives, and reflections are provided by a guest speaker. A full reading of the names of those being memorialized takes place, and a reception with light refreshments is held immediately following the ceremony. This year we've invited the following to provide remarks:

  • Judge Patricia A. Gaughan, Chief Judge of the U.S. District Court for the Northern District of Ohio
  • Ian N. Friedman, President of the Cleveland Metropolitan Bar Association
  • Judge Brendan J. Sheehan, Administrative and Presiding Judge of the Cuyahoga County Court of Common Pleas
  • Chief Justice Maureen O'Connor, Ohio Supreme Court
  • Judge Eileen T. Gallagher, Administrative and Presiding Judge at the Eighth District Court of Appeals
  • Bishop Eugene W. Ward, Jr., Pastor, Greater Love Missionary Baptist Church

The Memorial Program is presented each year as a collaborative effort by the bench and local bars, including the Cleveland Metropolitan, Federal-Northern District, and Norman S. Minor Bar Associations. The program is open to the public at no cost and lasts approximately one hour. If you have any questions, or wish to RSVP for the event, please contact the CMBA's Special Events Coordinator Caitlin Peterson at: 216-539-3735 or

The 2020 Memorial Program honorees:

  • Thomas E. Allen
  • F. Michael Appicella
  • Elliot Stephen Azoff
  • Stephen Buescher
  • Leo Leonard Cifelli
  • Avery Samuel Cohen
  • Honorable Thomas Patrick Curran
  • Anthony D. Decello
  • Ernie K. Demanelis
  • Honorable Mary Louise (Miller) Dunning
  • Alan Robert Feltes
  • Michael Thomas Gavin
  • Richard John Goetsch
  • R. Benton “Ben” Gray
  • William M. Greene
  • J. Ross Haffey, Jr.
  • James Michael “Mike” Hazelwood
  • Robert “Bob” Jack Hoerner
  • William Walder Jacobs
  • Magistrate Garlandine Jones-Grant
  • Lawrence Patrick Kelley
  • Honorable Thomas M. Kennedy
  • Stephen M. Klonowski
  • Honorable Thomas Lambros
  • Bernadette Therese Larson
  • William Albert Lawko
  • Herbert Levine
  • Michael D. Linn
  • David Earl Lowe
  • David E. Mack
  • Owen James McCaffterty
  • Donald G. McCarthy
  • Jean M.McKinnie
  • Brian H. Meister
  • John George Papandreas
  • Joe Allen Powell
  • Phillip Allyn Ranney
  • Neil Edward Roberts
  • John Bernard Robertson
  • Susan Grody Ruben
  • Allen Ross Sedory
  • Edward Richard “Rick” Stege 
  • Arthur Steinmetz
  • Craig Anders Tame
  • Brano Urbancic
  • Philip James Wall
  • James Jean White
  • Thomas R. Wolf
  • William Taylor Wuliger
  • Paul William Yates
  • Thomas E. Young


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