Supporting the missions of various Ohio organizations along with our involvement in the Cleveland legal community has been a large part of Spangenberg Shibley & Liber's culture for over 65 years. Through defending people's rights, promoting legal education and helping nonprofit programs, Spangenberg Shibley & Liber encourages public service that benefits our community. SSL is proud to sponsor a variety of charities and causes that truly make a difference.
In 2011, SSL embarked on a Help End Hunger campaign. Each quarter, the firm participates in service activities with the Cleveland Foodbank and the Hunger Network of Greater Cleveland, including the annual Majestic Steel Walk for Hunger. Currently, we're doubling donations up to $2,500. If you would like to help us reach our goal, please click here.
Among the many humanitarian efforts the American Red Cross provides, it is the largest supplier of blood and blood products in the United States. We are proud to note that SSL partner Peter J. Brodhead is a longtime regular donor of platelets and plasma with the American Red Cross. Patients who need platelets are those undergoing chemotherapy, bone marrow/stem cell transplant, organ transplant or those with certain blood abnormalities. Plasma products are used for treatment of burns, trauma, and cancer patients. For more information regarding donating blood, platelets or plasma, visit the American Red Cross platelet donation website at http://www.redcrossblood.org/
We are pleased to contribute to the pro bono and public service programs supported by the Cleveland Metropolitan Bar Association (CMBA). Rock the Foundation is its largest fundraising event and raises the majority of the money needed for many of the CMBF's community programs, including the award-winning 3Rs (Rights, Responsibilities, Realities). In 2011 and 2012, Rock the Foundation rocked the House of Blues, where Spangenberg Partner and CMBA Board Member Peter J. Brodhead played keyboard for Cleveland's own No Name Band. The band, composed entirely of attorneys, plays free of charge for charity and non-profit organizational events.
The 3Rs - Rights, Responsibilities, Realities - is Cleveland Metropolitan Bar Association's unprecedented program in which members of Cleveland's legal community, including SSL attorney William Eadie, partners with the Cleveland Metropolitan School District (CMSD) and East Cleveland City Schools. Volunteers personally connect with high school students to address fundamental issues facing the students, our city and our region. Using a real-world curriculum focused on the U.S. Constitution, 3Rs program volunteers visit 10th grade social studies classes to work with small groups of students to accomplish the following goals:
- Improving understanding of and respect for the law and our Constitution;
- Improving passage of the Ohio Graduation Test;
- Providing practical career counseling to focus students on their potential beyond high school; and
- Improving the "pipeline" of minorities flowing into legal careers in the region.
Spangenberg Shibley & Liber LLP is committed to providing financial support to the Trial Courtroom Project Fund at Cleveland State University’s Cleveland-Marshall College of Law. Investment in the trial courtroom will strengthen the legal education program at Cleveland-Marshall College of Law as it continues to be a great community resource.
As a Cleveland-Marshall College of Law alumnus, Spangenberg partner Peter J. Brodhead is an emeritus member of the Cleveland-Marshall Visiting Committee. The committee is composed of approximately 30 of the area's leading attorneys, judges, and community leaders and advises the law school on issues affecting legal education and strengthens the school in the areas of admissions, advocacy and development.
Spangenberg Shibley & Liber is pleased to support The Legal Aid Society of Cleveland. Founded in 1905, The Legal Aid Society of Cleveland is the fifth oldest legal aid society in the world and has an illustrious history of providing high-quality legal services to indigent clients.
Legal Aid serves a five-county area in northeast Ohio from Ashtabula County to Lorain County, including the City of Cleveland. The Society has 39 attorneys and 33 other professionals and support personnel to serve 231,000 eligible clients in its service area.
Hattie Larlham provides health care and social programs for children and adults with developmental disabilities. "In the past four decades, Hattie Larlham has built a rich legacy upon the principle that every child and adult with developmental disabilities deserves the best care possible. Beyond just providing for a person's basic needs, Hattie Larlham recognizes the importance of socialization, relationships and fun."
The Spangenberg Law Firm was a gold-level supporter of the Ninth Annual Rudolph H. Garfield Circle of Caring to honor Bruce G. Hearey for his service and dedication. The Circle of Caring is an annual gala that recognizes those whose leadership and generosity epitomize the Hattie Larlham's spirit of dedication and caring. Learn more about the history of Hattie Larlham and how to volunteer today.
As a Case Western Reserve Law School alumnus, attorney Peter H. Weinberger is committed to furthering the University's many worthy causes. Peter is chairman of CWRU's Skin Cancer Research Institute Advisory Council. The Institute's mission is to discover causes of cancer, to prevent skin cancers, and to develop new therapies. It is one of the world's centers of excellence in skin cancer research, and Peter funds a research fellowship for the Institute.
Spangenberg Law Firm is proud to support the City Club of Cleveland through both regular sponsorship and the Craig Spangenberg Memorial Forum, endowed by Spangenberg, Shibley & Liber. Established to encourage new ideas and a free exchange of thought, The City Club is the oldest continuous free speech forum in the country, renowned for its tradition of debate and discussion.
The Spangenberg Law Firm supports the Frank J. Battisti Memorial Lecture, which brings distinguished scholars, experts, and speakers to Case Western Reserve University as part of its annual lecture series. In 2010, the series featured Julian Bond, a world-renowned member of the U.S. civil rights movement, speaking on the role the law has played in both encouraging and thwarting that movement, beginning with the seminal Supreme Court decision of Brown v. Board of Education in 1954.
Peter J. Brodhead is an active trustee and committee chair of several nonprofit organizations, including North Coast Community Homes, which provides safe, comfortable, and affordable housing for individuals with mental retardation, mental illness, and other disabilities. The NCCH Board helps oversee a program acknowledged as the most outstanding nonprofit organization in the Greater Cleveland Metropolitan area via the Anisfield-Wolf Award in its fourth year.
The Beck Center for the Arts is a nonprofit performing arts and arts education organization dedicated to enriching northeastern Ohioans' quality of life. Spangenberg partner Dennis R. Lansdowne volunteers on the Beck Center Board of Directors, which combines professional theatrical productions with comprehensive curriculum-based arts education in creative arts therapies, dance, music, theater, and visual arts.
Serving over 100,000 annually in Cuyahoga, Lorain, Lake, and Summit Counties, the Center's mission is to offer the highest quality arts experience, performance, and education to all people and communities of the region.
The Spangenberg Law Firm helped sponsor the 9th Annual Halloween Bench-Bar Run for Justice. Proceeds benefit the CMBF, which funds the Cleveland Metropolitan Bar Association's pro bono and public service programs, including the above-mentioned 3Rs program. Spangenberg partner Dennis R. Lansdowne took on the challenge, braving the elements and the distance.
Planned in partnership with Hermes Sports & Events Cleveland, the run offered one-mile, five-mile and 5K distances paired with a morning of fun family activities.
Food donations help the Foodbank to distribute food to over 450 soup kitchens, pantries, and shelters serving the hungry. Donations will help fill the stomachs and warm the hearts of hungry children and adults throughout Northeast Ohio. http://www.clevelandfoodbank.org
Being involved in the community is a satisfying way to give back. The Spangenberg Law Firm annually organizes interoffice fundraisers to collect individual donations from attorneys and staff. Two beneficiaries are The United Way of Greater Cleveland and Community Shares of Greater Cleveland.
United Way of Greater Cleveland is a local, independent nonprofit organization and the largest private-sector funder of health and human services in our community.
United Way raises and allocates funds and builds partnerships to advance community-wide priorities and support numerous health and human service programs of agencies throughout Cuyahoga and Geauga counties. United Way of Greater Cleveland is a leader in addressing health and human service needs through convening partnerships, funding programs, and generating resources to support our community's priorities. Learn how to volunteer today.
Founded in 1984, Community Shares is Cleveland's only workplace giving federation with a focus on social justice and the second largest such fund in the country. It generates essential operating funds for nonprofit organizations that work for positive community change. Community Shares of Greater Cleveland supports social justice organizations through workplace giving programs and other philanthropic initiatives.
The Board of Trustees of the City of Parma Andrew Boyko Memorial Scholarship Foundation offers significant scholarships to many worthy young men and women as they further their post- high school education. The Foundation was established in 2006 in honor of Andrew Boyko, who served the City of Parma for over 30 years as judge, law director and in many other capacities.
SSL is proud to announce we have been officially designated as CMBA Green Certified for 2010 -2012. The attorneys and staff take great pride in this distinction and see it as one way of contributing to the GREEN Initiative.
CMBA's Green Initiative and Green Initiative Committee was first announced by 2008-09 President Michael E. Brittain at the 2008 CMBA Annual Meeting. GIC promotes environmentally responsible programs ("green practices") for adoption by law firms, small law offices/solo practitioners, and the CMBA itself. The CMBA Green Initiative Committee promotes its own suggested Green Practices to Cleveland firms in an effort to lessen the cumulative effects on the environment.
Peter J. Brodhead serves on Cleveland Institute of Music's board of trustees. The institute provides students from around the world an outstanding, thorough and intensive education in the art of music performance and related musical disciplines. The majority of alumni perform with the world's most acclaimed musical organizations. Peter is proud to serve on the board of one of Northeast Ohio's greatest cultural treasures.