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Tribute to Margaret Wong

Cleveland Public Library Saluting the Dreamers
Tribute to Margaret Wong
September 25, 2010

Cleveland Public Library (CPL) is the place for all Clevelanders to dream, create and grow. CPL serves four million patrons annually at 28 branches across the city, lending more than 6.5 million from a collection of more than 10 million items.

On Saturday, September 25,2010 the Cleveland Public Library launched its 'Saluting the Dreamers' program with a tribute to Margaret Wong.

Margaret W Wong

In more than 30 years of practice, Margaret Wong built Margaret W. Wong & Associates Co., L.P.A. into a law firm nationally and internationally renowned for its knowledge and expertise in immigration and nationality law.




Ms. Wong is licensed to practice in Ohio, Michigan, New York, Georgia, Illinois, the District of Columbia, U.S. District Court for the Northern District of Ohio, U.S. District Court for the Southern District of New York, U.S. Court of Appeals for the 6th Circuit, and the U.S. Supreme Court. Her firm handles more than 4,000 immigration matters each year, with offices in Cleveland, Columbus, Atlanta, Chicago, and New York.

Among other honors, she has been listed as an Ohio Super Lawyer, Ohio Leading Lawyer and one of Cleveland Magazine's Most Interesting People. Ms. Wong has been inducted into the Ohio Women's Hall of Fame, the Cleveland International Hall of Fame, is AV rated by Martindale-Hubbell, is a recipient of the Ellis Island Medal of Honor and served as the first Asian-American president of the Northeastern Chapter of the Federal Bar Association. She is also co-chair of the Immigration Law committee for the national Asian Pacific American Bar Association.

Ms. Wong has volunteered her time and expertise to the boards of diverse organizations, including Ideastream, the Ohio State Bar Foundation, Town Hall, St. Vincent Hospital Health Care System, United Way Services, The Diversity Center of Northeast Ohio, Notre Dame College, Cuyahoga Community College Foundation, Northeast Ohio Council on Higher Education and the national advisory boards of Cleveland State University and SUNY Buffalo Law Schools.

Ms. Wong is an avid educator, reader and writer. She is a charter founding member of the Ohio Supreme Court CLE Commission and Ohio Supreme Court Racial Task Force, as well as a life member of the Ohio State Bar Foundation and Federal Bar Association. She has been appointed by the Ohio Attorney General's Office as a special counsel to represent Ohio universities for more than 20 years.

Ms. Wong hosts two live radio talk shows in New York City on AMI 480 and AM1380, and is the author of The Immigrant's Way: For All Immigrants, By An Immigrant

The Tribute began with Felton Thomas, the Director of the Cleveland Public Library.

Audience at Margaret Wong tribute

Todd Clossin, Regional President and CEO of Fifth Third Bank, Northeastern Ohio gave the Welcome address.

Todd Clossin Fifth Third Bank

Todd Clossin



The Master of Ceremonies was Margaret's son Steven Chan, J.D. from Case Western Reserve School of Law.

Margaret's son Steven Chan served as MC

Margaret's son Steven Chan served as MC



Tributes to Margaret Wong were given by Albert B. Ratner, Co-Chairman of the Board, Forest City Enterprises

Sr. Judith Ann Karam, President & C.E.O., Sisters of Charity Health System and St. Vincent Charity Medical Center

Alex Machaskee, Retired Publisher of The Plain Dealer, President of Alex Machaskee & Assoc.

Rufus Darkortey, President, The Liberian Association of Cleveland

Natoya J. Walker Minor, Chief of Public Affairs, City of Cleveland

Ratanjit Sondhe, Immigrant Entrepreneur

and US Congressman Dennis Kucinich.

Margaret Wong's son Steven Chan also paid tribute to his mother and family.

Steven invited his mother, grandmother and uncle on stage to answer some questions.

Margaret Wong's brother and mother joined Margaret on the stage

Margaret Wong's brother and mother joined Margaret on the stage



Margaret also made available and signed copies of her book, The Immigrant's Way. All proceeds went to the Friends of the Cleveland Public Library.

The event concluded with more tributes to Margaret and a few words from the honoree herself.

Congratualtions Margaret! You are a most deserving recipient of this prestigious tribute.

Enjoy these photos from that meaningful day.

Margaret Wong in audience


Wen and Christina Ko

Wen and Christina Ko


John Suh, Albert Ratner and Ratanjit Sondhe

John Suh, Albert Ratner and Ratanjit Sondhe


Alex Machaskee and Margaret Wong

Alex Machaskee and Margaret Wong


Sister Judith Ann Karam, President & C.E.O., Sisters of Charity Health System and St. Vincent Charity Medical Center

Sister Judith Ann Karam


Cecilia Wong, Councilman TJ Dow and Angela Bennett

Cecilia Wong, Councilman TJ Dow and Angela Bennett


Rufus Dakortey

Rufus Dakortey


Bernie Lee, Cecilia Wong, Charles Hwang and Michael Fungsang

Bernie Lee, Cecilia Wong, Charles Hwang and Michael Fungsang


Sue Pien and Mrs. Yen Wen Soong

Sue Pien and Mrs. Yen Wen Soong


Rakesh Mehra, Steven Chan and Francis Fungsang

Rakesh Mehra, Steven Chan and Francis Fungsang


Jim and Julie Schmitz, Judy Wong and Johnny Wu

Jim and Julie Schmitz, Judy Wong and Johnny Wu


Tena Wilson and Thomas Mulready

Tena Wilson and Thomas Mulready


Theresa Chiang and Polly Lo

Theresa Chiang and Polly Lo


Felton Thomas, Judy Wong, Sanjiv Kapur and Anthony Wong

Felton Thomas, Judy Wong, Sanjiv Kapur and Anthony Wong


John Suh, Albert Ratner, Steven Chang and Margaret Wong

John Suh, Albert Ratner, Steven Chang and Margaret Wong


Tom Kaung and Joe Meisner

Tom Kaung and Joe Meisner


Congressman Dennis Kucinich

Congressman Dennis Kucinich


Gia Hoa Ryan, Cuc Bennett and Angela Thi Bennett

Gia Hoa Ryan, Cuc Bennett and Angela Thi Bennett


Diann Vajskop, Bob Pincus, Eric Haddad and Ben Stefanski

Diann Vajskop, Bob Pincus, Eric Haddad and Ben Stefanski


Ratanjit Sondhe

Ratanjit Sondhe


Tony and Karen Poelking

Tony and Karen Poelking


Jim Thompson, Kathy Hill and Cecilia Wong

Jim Thompson, Kathy Hill and Cecilia Wong


Rose Wong

Rose Wong


Alice Kao, Lily and James Tsai and Mrs Yen Wen Soong

Alice Kao, Lily and James Tsai and Mrs Yen Wen Soong


Albert Ratner, Neil Mohney and George Hwang

Albert Ratner, Neil Mohney and George Hwang


Kam Chan, Lucien Vendome, Bernie Lee and Michael Fungsang

Kam Chan, Lucien Vendome, Bernie Lee and Michael Fungsang


Polly and Howard Lo

Polly and Howard Lo


Margaret Wong tribute group

Congratulations Margaret!




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