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The Legal Aid Society of Cleveland to Hold Annual Meeting Fundraiser on Monday, November 25th

Posted October 25, 2019
11:45 am

This year, Thanksgiving week will fittingly begin with an event full of gratitude, comradery, and hope: The Legal Aid Society of Cleveland’s 114th Annual Meeting and Report to the Community.

The organization’s signature luncheon will be held on November 25, 2019 at the Hilton Hotel in downtown Cleveland.

Legal Aid’s Annual Meeting is a chance for philanthropists, community members, nonprofit organizations, and civic-minded business leaders to gather and reflect on Legal Aid’s accomplishments over the past year, as well as learn about bold new initiatives and plans for the year ahead.

Keynote remarks will be delivered by The Honorable Nathan Hecht, Chief Justice of the Texas Supreme Court. Introducing the keynote speaker will be Jim Sandman, President of the Legal Services Corporation.

Legal Aid’s top-notch staff and partnerships are, as always, the underlying drivers of Legal Aid’s successes, and awards will be presented to outstanding volunteer attorneys as well as colleague organizations who were particularly strong ambassadors of Legal Aid’s mission in 2019. The 2019 award winners include:

  • City of Cleveland: Mayor Frank G. Jackson and Cleveland City Council –

            The Louis Stokes Paragon Award

This is the highest award presented by Legal Aid, and is given in honor of the late Congressman Louis Stokes, who dedicated his life to serving the people of Cleveland. Stokes was a former board member, supporter, and friend of Legal Aid who worked tirelessly to create a more just community and remove barriers to opportunity.

  • Patrick Haggerty, Esq., Frantz Ward - Legacy of Justice Award

This award is given to an individual, group or institution whose participation in pro bono or other volunteer efforts has been significant in terms of length and/or impact.

  • The law firms McDonald Hopkins and Thompson Hine - Access to Justice Award

This award is given in recognition of significant contribution to advancing the mission of the Legal Aid Society of Cleveland through pro bono commitment. This recognition is informed by number of hours/cases/clinics.

  • Fatima Family Center, Geauga County Bar Association, and West Side Catholic Center – Community Impact Awards

This award is given to individual(s), firm(s), group(s) or other volunteer(s) who have made a mark for outstanding participation, effort, or critical involvement that ensured success for a client, client community, project etc.

Doors open at 11:15 a.m., and the lunch and program will begin at 11:45 a.m. Tickets for the Annual Meeting are $120 per person and can be purchased online at:

All proceeds from ticket sales will support Legal Aid. Table sponsorships are also available. Please feel free to call or email Erik at 216-861-5450 or if you have any questions.

Legal Aid’s goal is to provide civil legal help when and where people need it. When civil legal problems threaten one’s safety, health, housing, education, employment, or financial stability, Legal Aid prevents these problems from escalating and often reverses the negative impacts. Thanks to the support of the philanthropic community, all clients receive services at no cost.

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