On Saturday, February 8, 2020, we packed the Music Box Supper Club to celebrate the 15th Annual Rock the Foundation - Cleveland Metropolitan Bar Foundation's (CMBF) biggest and most anticipated event of the year. The energy was electric as guests enjoyed fabulous food, signature Rocktails, and dancing all night. The VIP Reception started things off with Gaetano's Jazz Trio. The 2020 Richard W. Pogue Award for Excellence in Community Leadership & Engagement was presented to Judge Solomon Oliver, Jr. of the United States District Court of the Northern District of OhioFollowing the award presentation, the party continued with The Sunrise Jones Band in the Supper Club while guests in the Concert Hall enjoyed the talents of the many talented gems from our community during "Our Bar's Got Talent!" What a night!

Judge Solomon Oliver, Jr. received 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
  •  RPM International Inc.
  •  Taft Stettinius & Hollister LLP

Silver Sponsors

  •  Baker Hostetler
  •  Benesch, Friedlander, Coplan & Aronoff LLP
  •  Calfee, Halter & Griswold LLP
  •  Diebold Foundation
  •  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
  •  Sherwin-Williams
  •  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
  • James J. Maiwurm
  • Keith D. Weiner and Associates
  • Lawrence V. Lindberg
  • Legal Solutions Group of Direct Recruiters Inc.
  •  Littler Mendelson, P.C.
  • Louise P. Dempsey
  •  Maloney Novotny LLC
  •  The McGregor Foundation
  •   MC Incentives
  • Meyers, Roman, Friedberg & Lewis
  •  Nurenberg Paris
  •  Ogletree, Deakins, Nash, Smoak & Stewart, P.C.
  •  Oswald Companies
  •  The Robenalt Law Firm
  •  Roseanne Aumiller
  •  Spangenberg, Shibley, & Liber
  •  Trustpoint.One
  •  Veritext Legal Solutions
  •  Zukerman, Lear, & Murray Co. LPA

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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