Busy Month for the Legal Community

It has been a busy month for the legal community. Many organizations have hosted annual dinners or fundraisers – a great way to kick start the summer. Avalon was fortunate enough to sponsor these organizations, and their events. We look forward to these events each year and are more than happy to support their missions.


On June 11th, the Legal Aid Society of Cleveland hosted Jam for Justice at the House of Blues in downtown Cleveland. This annual summer fundraiser featured food, drinks, and six bands all headlined by local attorneys and judges. The bands, Faith & Whiskey, The John Hanley Band, Just Us, The No Name Band, Out of Order, and Rule 11 and the Sanctions, rocked the House of Blues. Jam for Justice welcomed 850 guests and supporters raised over $50,000 benefiting the Legal Aid Society.


Avalon was proud to sponsor the event by printing the flyers, banners, table top signs, and sponsor signs for the event. Several team members from Avalon were fortunate enough to attend the Jam for Justice including JP Midgley, CEO of Avalon, and Kevin O’Donnell, Managing Partner of Avalon’s Cleveland office.

The Legal Aid Society of Cleveland was founded in 1905 and since has been providing free legal services to those who cannot afford to hire an attorney themselves. Their mission is to secure justice for low income people and resolve fundamental problems by providing high quality legal services. The Legal Aid Society of Cleveland serves clients in Ashtabula, Cuyahoga, Geauge, Lake and Lorain counties, staffing 50 attorneys, 35 other staff members, and 1,600 volunteer lawyers spread across their four offices.  Legal Aid staff and volunteers provide community outreach and education by attending community events and making educational presentations. Additionally, the Legal Aid Society addresses systemic issues through lawsuits, advocacy efforts, and education of decision-makers.


This year the Bar Association of Erie County (BAEC) hosted their Annual Dinner on June 9th at the Hyatt Regency in downtown Buffalo. Each year the BAEC honors the year’s outstanding attorneys and judges at this special dinner. Awards such a Lawyer of the Year and Outstanding Jurist Award are presented. In addition, the candidates for Bar offices are introduced at this well-attended annual event.

Avalon has supported the BAEC for many years and plans to continue our support for years to come. As an annual sponsor, team members from Avalon were privileged to attend the event. Hilary Palombo, Managing Partner of Avalon’s Buffalo office, and Tim Garback, Account Executive, thoroughly enjoyed the evening and the camaraderie.


The Bar Association of Erie County is a non-profit association founded in 1887, and is still going strong with 3,500 member attorneys and judges from Western New York. The BAEC is committed to maintaining professional standards of the highest level, advancing the administration of justice, and serving the interests of varied communities without compromise. The mission of the BAEC is to provide members with programs and services to enhance their practice and enrich their experience in the legal profession. Their membership includes active attorneys, judges, corporate counsel, law professors, government lawyers and law student, and is the largest local bar association outside of the New York City area.



On June 10th, the Western New York Paralegals Association (WNYPA) held their Annual Dinner at The Saturn Club in downtown Buffalo. Ms. Beth O’Keefe, Business Development Officer with the Erie County Industrial Development Agency was the featured speaker. Her speech highlighted the “Economic Development and Growth of Buffalo – Capital and Other Resources to Grow Businesses in Erie County” and discussed the WNYPA’s membership. Avalon was grateful to support the WNYPA’s Annual Dinner. Hilary Palombo Managing Partner of Avalon’s Buffalo office, and Tim Garback, Account Executive were in attendance.

The WNYPA was formed in 1976 to promote the professional development and continuous legal education of paralegals in the Western New York area. This voluntary, nonprofit association works to maintain ethical standards for paralegals, educate the Western New York legal and business communities in the effective utilization of paralegals, and promote consumer awareness of the role of paralegals within the legal system.



The Monroe County Bar Association’s Installation Dinner was held on June 19th at the Hyatt Regency in downtown Rochester. The dinner was attended by about 400 guests including attorneys, judges, and other members of the legal community, featuring the installation of the Monroe County Bar Association (MCBA) President and Board of Trustees, along with the President of the Foundation of the Monroe County Bar. Steve Modica was installed as the 119th President of the MCBA this year. Avalon team members, Steven Patrick, Tibor Torok, , and Jessica Wallace from our Rochester office were fortunate enough to attend the dinner. Avalon was more than happy to sponsor the event by printing the flyers and programs for the dinner.

The Monroe County Bar Association originally formed as the Rochester Bar Association in 1892, and started with just 25 members.  Now the association has grown to 2,000 law professionals in Monroe County. The MCBA is committed to improving the quality and accessibility of justice; promoting respect for and understanding of the law; enhancing professional growth, fulfillment, excellence, collegiality and diversity among its members; and serving as the voice of the law profession. The MCBA is actively involved with both the New York State Bar and the American Bar Association.

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