It is the purpose of the organization to provide education about the Ohio Judiciary and Legislature to attorneys, judges, government officials, businesses and the general public.

CZCLEP is a not for profit corporation duly registered with the Ohio Secretary of State. In its non-profit status, the corporation will encourage and sponsor programs designed to help better understand Ohio’s legal process.

All applications for sponsorship must be e-mailed to info@czclep.org. Teachers, judges, lawyers and others are encouraged to present seminar ideas for consideration.


John Celebrezze

John Celebrezze, the Project co-founder, is the nephew of the late Anthony J. Celebrezze, the popular mayor of Cleveland who later served as the Secretary of Health, Education, and Welfare under Presidents John F. Kennedy and Lyndon B. Johnson. John founded the Celebrezze-Zanghi Community Legal Education Project, Inc. (CZCLEP) as a tribute to his uncle’s lifetime commitment to the legal process as an Ohio State Senator, Cleveland’s Mayor, member of President Kennedy’s and Johnson’s Cabinets, and a federal judge.

As a career educator, John recognized early in his career how legal matters impacted the lives of his students and peers. He then vowed to make his lifework the teaching and learning of legal education.

A Promise Kept:

Many years ago then Federal Judge Anthony J. Celebrezze encouraged his nephew, John Celebrezze, a high school principal, to become an attorney. Albeit John was a successful school administrator, he promised his Uncle he would, in fact, become an attorney someday.

On Monday, May 18, 2009 John was sworn in as a newly minted Ohio attorney at age 61. Wearing his Grandfather's pocket watch as reminder of the promise America offered to the family of Rocco Celebrezze, a proud and courageous Italian immigrant, he took his oath just as his Uncle did on 02.11.1938. Congratulations John, Uncle Tony would be proud.



Mark A. Zanghi

Mark is an Assistant Prosecuting Attorney in the Civil Division of the Muskingum County Prosecutor’s Office. Prior to joining Muskingum County in December of 2016, he was an Assistant Prosecuting Attorney in the Civil Division of the Licking County Prosecutor’s Office (2011-2016), an Assistant Public Defender for Knox County (2004-2011) and an associate attorney at the law firm of McDevitt, Mayhew and Malek, LPA in Mount Vernon, Ohio (2004-2011).

Mark is a 2003 graduate of the Ohio Northern University College of Law in Ada, Ohio. While attending Ohio Northern he was a member of the William Howard Taft Inns of Court (2002-2003) and taught a civil procedure review class for first year law students (2001-2003). Mark was also the student representative at Ohio Northern for LexisNexis (2001-2003).

Mark served as law clerk (2002-2003) for the Hon. Richard K. Warren of the Allen County Common Pleas Court in Lima, OH. He also served judicial internships for the Hon. Salvatore Martoche (2001) and the Hon. Joseph Gerace (2000) of the New York State Supreme Court in Mayville, NY. Mark obtained his undergraduate degrees from Hilbert College in Hamburg, NY and Fredonia State University College in Fredonia, NY.

Mark is admitted to practice law in the State of Ohio as well as in the Federal Courts for the Southern District of Ohio. He is a member of the Ohio State Bar Association, the Muskingum County Bar Association, the Ohio Prosecuting Attorney’s Association, the National Association of District Attorney’s, and the Ohio Township Association. Mark is a former member of the Licking County and Knox County Bar Associations. He also formerly served as Chairman of the Knox County Law Library Resources Board, and on the Knox County Regional Planning Commission as a representative for the City of Mount Vernon.

Prior to the commencement of his legal career in 2000, Mark was a sales representative (1994-1999) for Power Drives, Inc., in Falconer, NY, a distributor of electro-mechanical, and hydraulic and pneumatic motion control products for industry. He was also formerly employed as the director of sales and marketing (1981-1994) for A. J. Wahl, Inc., in Brocton, NY, a designer and manufacturer of machinery for the ceramic industry. Mark is a former member of the American Ceramic Society and the Society of Manufacturing Engineers.

Mark resides in Zanesville, OH with his wife, Pamela Kirst, and their son James Zanghi. Their older son Matthew resides in Jamestown, NY with his wife Julie, and daughters Alyssa and Kaelyn.


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