Join us on Saturday, February 8, 2020, to celebrate the 15th Annual Rock the Foundation - Cleveland Metropolitan Bar Foundation's (CMBF) biggest and most anticipated event. Shine bright this year at Music Box Supper Club with food, drink and dancing all night. Celebrate our fifth annual Richard W. Pogue Award for Excellence in Community Leadership & Engagement recipient at our VIP Reception with Gaetano's Jazz Trio. Following the award presentation, the party continues with The Sunrise Jones Band. This year you can enjoy the talents of your friends and colleagues with "Our Bar's Got Talent!" We look forward to seeing you there!

Judge Solomon Oliver, Jr. to receive the 2020 Cleveland Metropolitan Bar Foundation Richard W. Pogue Award

Cleveland Legal Pioneer Receives CMBA Award for Excellence In Community Leadership and Engagement

CLEVELAND - December 12, 2019 - Judge Solomon Oliver, Jr. has built a long and distinguished career by opening doors and helping others to follow. The Cleveland Metropolitan Bar Foundation (CMBF) is honored to announce Judge Oliver as the recipient of our 2020 Richard W. Pogue Award for Excellence in Community Leadership and Engagement.

Judge Oliver was appointed to the United States District Court for the Northern District of Ohio in 1994. In 2010, he became Chief Judge, a position he held for seven years. Judge Oliver continues to serve on the Court, where he has built a reputation for excellence, hard work and trailblazing.

Learn more about Judge Oliver's distinguished career here.


Platinum Sponsors

  •  Huntington Bank

Gold Sponsors

  •  Legal Aid Society
  •  Taft Stettinius & Hollister LLP

Silver Sponsors

  •  Benesch, Friedlander, Coplan & Aronoff LLP
  •  Calfee, Halter & Griswold LLP
  •  First Federal Lakewood
  •  Jones Day
  • Parker Hannifin Corp. Parker Hannifin Corporation 
  • Thompson Hine
  • Tucker Ellis LLP
  • Ulmer & Berne LLP

Bronze Sponsors

  •  Bluestone Trading​
  •  Cavitch Familo & Durkin
  •  Chikol Equities
  •  Frantz Ward LLP
  •  Giffen & Kaminski
  •  Hahn Loeser Attorneys At Law
  • Keybank
  •  KPMG
  •  McDonald Hopkins
  • McCarthy, Lebit, Crystal & Liffman
  •  Porter Wright Morris & Arthur LLP​
  •  Reminger Co., LPA
  •  Squire Patton Boggs
  • Vorys, Sater, Seymour and Pease LLP
  •  Walter Haverfield

Contributing Sponsors

  •  Ancora
  •  Buckley King 
  •  Caryn Groedel & Associates
  •  Case Western Reserve University
  • Cleveland Foundation
  •  Cleveland-Marshall College of Law
  • Friedman & Nemecek LLC
  • Keith D. Weiner and Associates
  • Legal Solutions Group of Direct Recruiters Inc.
  •  Maloney Novotny LLC
  •  The McGregor Foundation
  •   MC Incentives
  • Meyers, Roman, Friedberg & Lewis
  •  Nurenberg Paris
  •  Ogletree, Deakins, Nash, Smoak & Stewart, P.C.
  •  Oswald Companies
  •  Roseanne Aumiller
  •  Trustpoint.One
  •  Veritext Legal Solutions

Other Sponsors

  •  Cady

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The Cleveland Metropolitan Bar Foundation hosts Rock the Foundation each year to benefit the Bar Association's nationally-recognized public outreach programs, such as The 3Rs, Mock Trial, Cleveland Homeless Legal Assistance, Louis Stokes Scholars, and more that focus on improving the lives of greater Cleveland youth, growing the next generation of legal professionals, and supporting our nonprofit and arts communities.

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On Saturday, February 9, 2019, we held "A Landmark Celebration" at the 14th Annual Rock the Foundation - Cleveland Metropolitan Bar Foundation's (CMBF) biggest and most anticipated event.

Rock14 Main Event Photos | Red Carpet Photos | Pogue Award Photos