900 People Rock at Jam for Justice 2015

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Michael Rendon of Gringo Stew

Concert-goers enjoying the show

Concert-goers enjoying the show

Legal Aid staff with representatives from the Sports & Entertainment Law Academy

Legal Aid staff with representatives from the Sports & Entertainment Law Academy

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Rich Wesorick of Faith & Whiskey

Luke Lindberg and The Hung Jury performs

The all-lawyer No Name Band

The all-lawyer No Name Band

August 2015 — On June 18, The House of Blues was packed as Cleveland lawyers and judges took the stage performing with incredible musicianship and flair. No one was immune to the catchy beat and it didn’t take long for cheering and dancing to begin as the bands proved that judges and lawyers have what it takes to be rock stars outside of the courtroom.

Thanks to sponsors and an audience of over 900 community leaders, attorneys, judges and Cleveland music fans, The Legal Aid Society of Cleveland’s annual summer event, Jam for Justice, raised more than $60,000.

The band’s talents cover many musical styles starting with Luke Lindberg and the Hung Jury and their original track “Hard Promises.” Members of the original Jam for Justice line up, the No Name Band delighted their fan club playing dance music from the 60s, 70s and beyond. Gringo Stew, the newest act on the Jam for Justice stage, mixed it up with their Tex Mex roots, while Faith & Whiskey revisited favorite songs from the 80’s. Out of Order’s unique energy and mix of new and classic rock could have filled a stadium, and wrapping up the night was Just Us, who closed out the phenomenal show, hosted by D.J. Wolfe.

This year, Legal Aid welcomed local acoustic artist Brendan Melling who played a quieter set in the Cambridge room.

And, there was another star of the night – and it wasn’t a band on stage. The 2015 Jam for Justice Album was launched the night of June 18. This compilation included a variety of artists of local and national fame. The album, produced by a team of law students in Mark Avsec’s class during the Great Lakes Sports and Entertainment Law Academy, was a platinum hit. It features Grammy-award winning pianist (and lawyer) Angelin Chang, who also taught the class, Cleveland favorite Michael Stanley, a live performance by Donnie Iris and the Cruisers and other well-known musicians. All proceeds from the album benefit Legal Aid. You can purchase a download code through December 31 for the album with a donation to Legal Aid at www.lasclev.org/2015Album.

Click here to view the full Poetic Justice Issue where this story appeared.

Photo credits to Emma Lee Photography and Alexis Ziemski Photography.

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