Justice For All Committee (JFA)

The Justice For All Committee serves in an advisory capacity as the umbrella group over the CMBA's pro bono legal service, public law-related education, and public service programs. The Committee's goals are:

  • to provide oversight, support, and evaluation of JFA programs;
  • to promote volunteer participation in pro bono and community service;
  • to work with community partners, including The Legal Aid Society of Cleveland and the courts,
  • to understand and address unmet legal needs in our community; and
  • to evaluate proposals for new CMBA programs to address unmet needs.  

The Committee also helps CMBA Sections as needed with their pro bono initiatives and recognizes outstanding volunteer service by nominating recipients for the annual Justice For All Volunteer of the Year Award. 

Learn more on our Pro Bono & Community Programs page.

Officers


       
       
Jennifer M. Himmelein   Kevin C. Susman  
Chair   Vice Chair  
Cavitch, Familo &
Durkin Co., LPA
  Kohrman Jackson & Krantz LLP  


For more information on the JFA Committee, please contact Jessica Paine, Director of Community Programs.

Justice For All Volunteer of the Year

Each year JFA honors volunteers who have provided exemplary service to the Cleveland community in pro bono and public service programs during the previous Bar Year.  The Award is a way to recognize those who give their time and expertise in meaningful and significant ways throughout the year.   

2017 Awardees

JFA is pleased to announce the recipients of the 2017 JFA Volunteer of the Year Award: Rebecca J. Bennett of Ogletree, Deakins, Nash, Smoak & Stewart, P.C. for Pro Bono Service (with special thanks to the Women in Law Section of the CMBA) and Chuck Jarrett, formerly of Progressive Corp., for Community Program Service.

Over the past two years, Rebecca Bennett has brought needed legal help to women and children at the West Side Catholic Center and other locations through a joint Legal Aid and CMBA program called “Lawyers for Women in Crisis.”  Under Rebecca’s leadership, the Women in the Law Section (WIL) impacts a community of individuals who are struggling to overcome significant issues.  This group of attorneys staffs monthly legal clinics at the West Side Catholic Center’s shelter for homeless women and children. 

Rebecca is passionate about causes that empower women and promote diversity and inclusion in the workplace. Beyond her Legal Aid and CMBA volunteer service, she is the Treasurer of the Federal Bar Association, Northern District of Ohio Chapter. She has served as Chair of the Board of Directors of Saint Joseph Academy, a private secondary school educating young women. She is a past member of the Board of Directors of the Gathering Place and Berea's Animal Rescue.  Her tireless efforts to provide legal assistance to those in need mark Rebecca as an exemplary volunteer.

Charles (Chuck) Jarrett’s commitment to pro bono and public service has been truly exemplary for many years.  As Chuck is just now retiring from Progressive, but as he continues his involvement in community programs, it is especially fitting to now recognize and honor his remarkable commitment and achievements.

Chuck's efforts with the 3Rs teams from Progressive; the mock trial teams from Orange High School; Up With People, Inc.; Ohio Guidestone; and other programs amply demonstrate his commitment to giving back to your community.  His involvement and passion are truly inspiring.

The Volunteer of the Year Awards will be presented at the CMBA Annual Meeting on June 2.