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Legal Aid Society of Cleveland

Wednesday, November 8, 2017

The City Club of Cleveland
850 Euclid Avenue
Cleveland, OH 44114

Melanie Shakarian from the Legal Aid Society of Cleveland will be joining us to discuss their events and programs.  One program in particouar that will be covered is the medical-legal partnership.  

Legal Aid attorneys are integrated at MetroHealth to help patients navigate the complex government and community systems that often hold solutions to many social determinants of health – for example, income support for food insecure families, utility shut-off protection for those with health complications, and eviction prevention that keeps children from becoming homeless.

The program, now with four attorneys and one paralegal, is at four locations at MetroHealth. Through the program, in addition to handling cases and doing advocacy, Legal Aid attorneys educate multi-disciplinary teams of health care providers and students about patients’ legal rights.

Also, as announced at our October Chapter Meeting, our chapter will match donations made to Legal Aid up to $500.  If you have already donated, please forward your receipt to Marie Chomyk, and we will also include those donations in the match as well.  If you would like to make a donation, you may also do so by visiting www.lasclev.org/ClevelandChapterALA.

RSVP to Nicole Burnside by at nburnside@brouse.com or (216) 830-6830 by Monday, November 6 at 10 am. 


Holiday Party

Tuesday, December 5, 2017

Dante's Inferno Flats 
1059 Old River Road
Cleveland, OH 44113

More details to come...

 Upcoming Chapter Lunches
Noon - 1:30 p.m.
The City Club
850 Euclid Avenue #200

Wednesday, November 8, 2017
Tuesday, January 9, 2018
Wednesday, February 14, 2018
Tuesday, March 13, 2018
Wednesday, April 11, 2018


June 2017 Cocktails and Connections

Members and Business Partners had an enjoyable evening at the newly opened Collision Bend Brewery. 

Marie Chomyk (2017/18 President) and the Board presented
Trent Boerner a certificate of appreciation and gift certificate
for his dedicated leadership and guidance
as 2016/17 Chapter President. 



2016 Annual Holiday Member and
Business Partner Celebration

The Board reviewed and discussed the Business Partner program with the BPs followed with members joining for the annual holiday celebration with cocktails and appetizers.


Fall 2016 Networking Event

The Cleveland Chapter members, business partners and spouses enjoyed a cooking demo by Executive Chef Shannon Rivera.  The interactive demonstration, in an elegant environment at The Club at Key Tower, showed the group how to prepare a pork roast stuffed with sautéed apples wrapped in bacon and baked apple tarts. Everyone had a fantastic time and enjoyed hors d’oeuvres, the prepared food and drinks.  Everyone left with the recipes!


September 2016 Chapter Meeting

At our annual Law Firm Leaderhip event, the Cleveland Chapter enjoyed learning about Law Firm Succession Planning presented by Alan R.Olson, Altman Weil, Inc. Alan's presentation was very insightful and provided valuable information for individuals to take back to their firms. In addition, Phil David educated us on the services Blue Technologies provides.  Thank you to our North Coast Harbor Business Partner, Blue Technologies, for generously sponsoring the event. 


The Chapter enjoyed unlimited food options and a superb evening at a Cleveland Indians game against the Chicago White Sox.  It was a nail bitter as the White Sox were in the lead with three runs from the first inning.  The fifth inning provided relief when the Tribe scored a run for each consecutive inning for a 5-4 WIN.


The ALA Cleveland Chapter members and Business Partners enjoyed an evening on the Cuyahoga River at this year's Cocktails and Connections at the new Coastal Taco on the East Bank of the Flats.  The drinks and appetizers were delicious.  Everyone had a great time reconnecting.  Thanks to those who attended. 


June 2016 Chapter Meeting

With the upcoming Republican National Convention coming to the Cleveland area, the Cleveland Chapter had representatives from the Cleveland RNC Host Committee attend two recent meetings to answer any questions and convey any new information revealed by the city. 


Trent Boerner (2016/17 President) and the Board thanks
Jeanne Gombeda for serving as 2015/16 President. 


Doris Budin, CLM, receives recognition at the
March 2016 Cleveland Chapter meeting for her countless years serving the
Cleveland Chapter of ALA in many positions, including President,
as well as the National level. The Board is honored to make
Doris a Lifetime Member of the Cleveland Chapter as Doris retires as
Office Administrator from Taft, Stettinius & Hollister. We wish Doris well.

 Annual Holiday Member and
Business Partner Celebration

The Cleveland Chapter recognized
Stephanie Cruz (15 years) and Kyle Weigand (5 years)
for their tenure in the Cleveland Chapter.
We appreciate their service and dedication to the Chapter.


The ALA Cleveland Chapter members and Business Partners had a great time at this year's Cocktails and Connections at Merwin's Wharf.  They enjoyed cocktails and appetizers while watching the boats and ships go by under the bridges.  Everyone had a great time reconnecting.  Thanks to everyone that attended. 


Collaboration efforts between
ALA Cleveland and LMA Ohio

Collaborative efforts between the
Cleveland Association of Legal Administrators (ALA)
and the Legal Marketing Association Ohio Chapter (LMAO)
continue into the summer months.

For the last several years, the ALA Cleveland Chapter and LMA Ohio have coordinated efforts on an annual program and participated in social events and informal gatherings. The goal of the collaborative effort is to provide members of
each organization and the Ohio legal community relevant programs and
networking opportunities that add value for all participants.

Pictured right to left: ALA Cleveland Chapter President Amy Avon and
LMA Ohio board members Dorenda Swanson, Lance Godard and Mark Elliott
recently participated in a golf outing to share ideas and
foster the relationship between the two organizations.



The ALA Cleveland Chapter members and Business Partners enjoyed appetizers and cocktails on a wonderful, sunny Cleveland evening at The Greenhouse Tavern rooftop bar.


Pictured top right, (l to r) Kyle Weigand, Chapter President Amy Avon, Treasurer Marie Chomyk and Past President Kris Oliveri attended the 2014 ALA National Conference in Toronto. They enjoyed various learning sessions, vendor displays and many dinners.  The hit of the conference was the REO Speedwagon concert, compliments of the Business Partners. Everyone had a great time networking and rekindling old relationships. 


The Cleveland Chapter of ALA was joined by members of LMA for ALA’s May 2014 Law Firm Leadership Breakfast.  Sally Schmidt (right), President of Schmidt Marketing moderated a marketing panel of DOM’s from multiple sized Cleveland area law firms.  From left to right are Jonathan J. Mattson, Chief Marketing and Business Development Officer, Tucker Ellis LLP; Linda Moss, Director of Business Development, BakerHostetler; Jeanne Kostelnik, Client Services Director, Gallagher Sharp; and Thomas Smanik, Chief Marketing Officer, Hahn Loeser & Parks LLP.


The Cleveland Chapter of ALA hosted the ALA Region 1 & 3 Conference.  It was a team effort from planning to volunteering to assisting with registrations, meals, business partner sessions as well as manning the hospitality table, which was a big hit.  Conference attendees could register for a drawing for an IPad and gift cards.  Thanks to everyone for the donations to the Cleveland Socks initiative.  We filled three large moving boxes with socks for three organizations.  We collected a total of 1,320 socks—351 mens, 395 womens and 574 kids—plus an additional 54 pairs by the Cleveland Chapter. In addition, ALA donated more than $600 on behalf of the conference speakers. WE MADE CLEVELAND ROCK.


Be sure to visit our Business Partner section now for important information. 
We appreciate our Business Partners
and value the support and
expertise they provide to the Chapter as well as to our firms.



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