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Legal Aid Society “Jam for Justice”

There are many things attorneys are well suited for and one of them turns out to be “Jam for Justice” to benefit the Legal Aid Society of Cleveland.

More than 700 guests packed the House of Blues for some great music by four bands fronted by local judges and attorneys, who traded their starched white shirts and judges’ robes for T-shirts and guitars, raising about $40,000 for the organization.

Lorain County Common Pleas Judge Jim Miraldi and his band, “Just Us,” started the party, followed by “the John Hanley Band,” and “Faith & Whiskey” featuring Cuyahoga County Common Pleas Judge Michael P. Donnelly followed by “Rule 11 and the Sanctions” with an all-star jam ending the evening.

One of the highlights was the celebration of the Rolling Stones’ 50th anniversary, the other a landmark case Gideon vs. Wainwright that guarantees people without the financial means access to an attorney in criminal cases. But, that doesn’t extend to civil cases. The job of Legal Aid Society is to secure justice for those low-income clients.

The Legal Aid Society of Cleveland is comprised of 55 staff attorneys, and 1,400 volunteer attorneys who handle more than 11,000 cases in a year and still, Legal Aid must turn away more than half the people who seek help, according to staff. STORY AND PHOTOGRAPHS BY SALI McSHERRY



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