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On September 8, 2022 public servants received  well-deserved recognition  at the 76th annual CMBF  Public Servants Recognition. Reception for their decades of service to the  public and to the various courts throughout  Cuyahoga County. These hardworking, unsung heroes of the legal system amassed more than 330 combined years of dedicated service to the courts and to  the public. 

During the event, each nominator  recognized the individual recipients with  accolades describing his/her service over the  decades. Kudos to these hardworking, selfless  individuals for their dedication and for  setting, and being, great examples for others.  Without these people, our legal system would  grind to a halt.  

In my quest for overpreparation, I always  arrive early to court to ensure I have sufficient  time to set up for a hearing or trial and to  make sure I am prepared to begin on time. Recently, my docket required me to appear  for a trial in the old courthouse starting at 8:30  a.m. When I arrived at 8 o’clock, I attempted to  enter the building though to no avail. Security  informed me that the courthouse opened to  non-employees starting at 8:30 a.m.  

As I waited, I witnessed a cadre of people  enter the building through the garage  security entrance, most of whom I had never  seen before. I was a bit surprised because,  given my practice in Cuyahoga County for  over three decades, I am used to knowing or  at least recognizing most of the employees in  the courthouse. But then, I had a moment of profound  realization, that facilitating the smooth  functioning and day to day operations of the  court requires a vast amount of people.  

These particular employees were heading  in to work at the Cuyahoga County Court of  Common Pleas Domestic Relations Division  and Probate Division. Sure, I knew the court  had support and administrative staff, but  until that moment, I really did not appreciate  just how many people are required to keep  our courts and courthouses running like  well-oiled machines.  

And then, I realized something even more  profound that the lawyers are arguably the  least important people when it comes to the  functional running of the court. 

 It appears that we take these situations for  granted and don’t recognize that the court  cannot operate smoothly without all these  hardworking people who work behind the  scenes. They are the backbone of our justice  system; the glue that holds everything together.  

As a trial court lawyer for the past  37 years, I have witnessed firsthand the  invaluable service rendered to the courts by  public servants from the bailiffs, schedulers,  court reporters, security staff, prosecution,  public defenders, and judges, just to name a  few. The selfless dedication of these people  ensures the seamless administration of  justice and access to the equal application of  the legal system by all. 

Located at the entrance to the old courthouse  at One Lakeside Avenue, the CMBA maintains  a plaque with the names of hundreds of people  who have received recognition over the past  76 years. The CMBF has maintained this  plaque and has, in conjunction with Milano  Monuments, ensured that the people honored  by the CMBF are eternally visible to the public  and all those who enter the courthouse for  their hard work and dedication to public  service. The next time you are nearby, take  some time out of your day to go and see this  plaque to appreciate the many great people  who dedicated their lives and careers to the  smooth and equal administration of justice.  

Larry W. Zukerman is the managing partner at  Zukerman, Lear & Murray Co., L.P.A. His practice  includes high profile white collar criminal defense,  allegations of crime from internet/computer usage,  as well as federal narcotics cases. Mr. Zukerman  also represents individuals in the state and  municipal courts of Ohio as well as in other states  and countries. Larry has been a CMBA member  since 1985. He can be reached at (216) 696-0900  or lwz@zukerman-law.com.

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