The Lawyers Guild of the Catholic Diocese of Cleveland

The Lawyers Guild of The Catholic Diocese of Cleveland serves the counties of Ashland, Cuyahoga, Geauga, Lake, Lorain, Medina, Summit and Wayne.

The Guild fosters spiritual growth and fellowship within the legal community, encourages observance of high ethical standards, and calls attention to legal and societal issues that affect morality, justice and faith.

For information regarding membership in the Lawyers Guild of the Catholic Diocese of Cleveland, the Red Mass or the St. Thomas More Award and/or luncheon, contact Moira Wopershall at (216) 696-6525 x 2850.

Upcoming Events:

2022 Red Mass to be held on Friday, September 30th 

The Red Mass has a long history. It is thought to have originated in the Cathedral of Paris in 1245 to invoke the guidance of the Holy Spirit on the judges of the Ecclesiastical Courts. The name "Red Mass" refers to the red robes worn by the judges and the red vestments worn by the priests, since red is the liturgical color associated with the Holy Spirit. They are still worn today. The Red Mass was introduced into the United States in 1928 at St. Andrew's Church in the shadows of the federal, state and municipal court buildings near Foley Square in New York City.

2021 Red Mass in the news 

The Martin T. Galvin Memorial Scholarship Fund

Scholarship Guidelines

2022 Application

THE 2022 GALVIN SCHOLARSHIP PROCESS WILL BEGIN IN JANUARY. Applications are due annually on March 15. Current high school students may also access the application through their Digital Academy. If you have any questions regarding the Martin T. Galvin Memorial Scholarship, please contact Jean Ann Montagna at the Catholic Community Foundation or 216-696-6525 x8070.

The Martin T. Galvin Memorial Scholarship is an annual scholarship awarded to a student attending a Catholic high school within the Diocese of Cleveland, and who has a family member who is a member of the Catholic Lawyers Guild or an attorney practicing law in Northeast Ohio.

In 2018, The Lawyers Guild of the Catholic Diocese of Cleveland established the Martin T. Galvin Memorial Scholarship Fund in conjunction with the Catholic Community Foundation. The Reminger Foundation granted $10,000 toward the creation of a scholarship fund in honor our their departed colleague and friend Martin T. Galvin.

Marty was a past president of the Lawyers’ Guild of the Catholic Diocese of Cleveland and an active member of the Irish American Law Society of Cleveland. He joined Reminger in 2001, focusing his legal practice on appellate advocacy, professional liability, and business and employment litigation. He served as Co-Chair of Reminger’s Appellate Practice Group and received multiple honors throughout his career.

Although Marty had many impressive and significant accomplishments, the most important one to him was his family. He is survived by his wife, Tracy, and his two children, Fiona and Tommy.

The St. Thomas More Award

The Lawyers Guild presented the 2021 St. Thomas More Award to Justice Melody J. Stewart of the Ohio Supreme Court at the Red Mass luncheon in downtown Cleveland.

St. Thomas More (1478-1535) was an English statesman who served as Chancellor under the reign of Henry VIII. More opposed the King’s attempt to divorce his wife and refused to renounce the authority of the Pope. For that he was beheaded. In 1935, Sir Thomas More was canonized by the Roman Catholic Church and is considered the patron saint of lawyers. The St. Thomas More Award is named in honor of this Catholic statesman who served with integrity and held on to his values in spite of fierce resistance.

2022 St. Thomas More Award Nomination Form 

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Special Recognition Award

The Lawyers Guild presented the 2021 Special Recognition Award to the staff of The Bishop William M. Cosgrove Center.

Save the date: The 2022 Red Mass will be held on Friday, September 30, 2022.


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