On Tuesday, May 24th, we attended a fundraiser for Judge Joan Synenberg who is seeking re-election to the Cuyahoga County Court of Common Pleas. This event was held at Shooters On the Water on Main Avenue in the Flats. We don’t know exactly how many people were there but the place was so crowded that we had to carefully angle around at times.
We talked to Mr. Eric Synenberg, Judge Synenberg’s stepson who works in the office of Ohio State Treasurer, about the judge’s broad base of appeal. Mr. Synenberg believed that it is because the judge works hard and is very ethical and thus has earned the support of both democrats and republicans.
To be sure, we saw quite a few jurists as well as judicial candidates there from both parties as well as an abundance of attorneys. But, by no means were there only those from the legal profession present. Mr. Ed “Flash” Ferenc, the famed radio personality, was responsible for the photographic duties and doing them quite well. Our good friend Mr. Pierre Bejjani, President of CAMEO and Managing Director/Executive Editor of “Profile News Ohio”, was there for a long time as was Mr. John O’Brien, Jr., Co-Publisher and Editor of the Ohio Irish American News. And Mr. Bill Denihan, CEO of the ADAMHS turned out to show his support as did Mr. Steve Frammartino, President of UAW 1005.
After we grew tired of standing, we sat down at a table and spoke for a few minutes with Ms. Toni Goodman, VP of the Urban League Guild. Ms. Goodman was very appreciative of Ms. Margaret W. Wong because Ms. Wong allowed the Urban League to use her offices last Fall to conduct a forum on volunteerism.
We talked to Judge Synenberg about what her future plans are as jurist. She told us that she wants to continue to serve the public in the best way that she can. Along these lines, she would place particular emphasis on her role as presiding judge of the special recovery/drug court.
After we got home, we looked up this court on the website of the Cuyahoga County Common Pleas Court where we found a quote by Judge Synenberg that read, “mental illness and addiction often go hand-in-hand. Not only is treatment critical for those who suffer from both but helping them recover is ultimately a public health issue as well. In many cases, these are people who want to be helped and a number of them have come from nearly hopeless situations. The profound changes they make in recovery are inspiring.”
We asked Judge Synenberg’s staff attorney, Mr. Lawrence Acton, what one word he would use to describe Judge Synenberg. Mr. Acton replied, “fantastic.”
Likewise, we posed the same question to Judge Synenberg’s bailiff, Ms. Laura DePompei. Ms. DePompei said that Judge Synenberg was simply “awesome.”