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The Cleveland Metropolitan Bar Foundation gave its highest honor to Jessica Berg and Michael Scharf at its 18th Annual Rock the Foundation benefit event.
Berg and Scharf, co-deans of the Case Western Reserve University (CWRU) School of Law, were presented with The Richard W. Pogue Award for Excellence in Community Leadership and Engagement. For the past decade, Deans Berg and Scharf have led the CWRU School of Law to new heights in legal education, with an emphasis on serving the community. Under their leadership, the CWRU School of Law has achieved the best median LSAT score and GPA in School history and has added six clinics, for a total of 10, serving the community.
“Jessica and Michael are a perfect addition to a highly distinguished group of Pogue Award recipients, Cleveland Metropolitan Bar

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Foundation (CMBF) President Meredith Shoop said. “We see this as a tremendous opportunity to thank and spotlight the support that the Case Western Reserve University School of Law has provided over the past decade for both our Bar Foundation and the Bar Association, as well as the broader Cleveland community.”
The foundation first presented the award in 2015 to Dick Pogue in recognition and celebration of his tremendous contribution to the legal profession and in the civic arena. “A year later, we named the award after Dick,” CMBF CEO Becky Ruppert McMahon noted. “He is the epitome of community service, and our honorees continue his commitment.”
Over 300 guests attended the event at the Music Box Supper Club, and helped to raise more than $125,000. The Cleveland Metropolitan Bar Foundation changes lives in the greater Cleveland community by funding award-winning pro bono legal services and educational programs. STORY BY CYNTHIA SCHUSTER EAKIN/PHOTOGRAPHS BY ERIC EAKIN