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 (see details below). 

Learn more about JFA initiatives on our Pro Bono & Community Programs page.

Why volunteer?

Check out the recent Bar Journal article about why volunteering is a good idea at all stages of your career: "Give a Little, Get a Lot: How Volunteering Benefits Attorneys Launching Careers and During Job Transitions."


Jennifer M. Himmelein  
Cavitch, Familo &
Durkin Co., LPA

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. 

Congratulations to the 2018 JFA Volunteer of the Year!

The JFA recognizes with pleasure the recipient of the 2018 JFA Volunteer of the Year Award: Gabrielle T. Kelly of Brouse McDowell.

Gabrielle (Gabe) Kelly is truly an example of a hardworking, dedicated volunteer who has demonstrated outstanding commitment to her Bar and her community. She has been a member of the 3Rs Oversight Committee since 2012 and served as Chair in 2016-17. She has volunteered with The 3Rs as team captain for over a decade, tirelessly promoting the program among colleagues at her law firm and taking on extra classes where the need was greatest to ensure broader volunteer coverage each year. On the 3Rs Committee, Gabe both serves as Chair of the 3Rs+ Subcommittee working to create new opportunities for 3Rs students outside the classroom, and contributes to the Video/Communications Subcommittee to help the program find new ways of reaching students, volunteers, and donors.

Gabe’s volunteer service at the CMBA is not by any means limited to The 3Rs: she has also served as a legal coach for the Cleveland Mock Trial Competition, and helps with applicant interviews for the Minority Clerkship Program in her leadership role with the MCP Committee. She balances a busy life as an attorney, parent, and volunteer with taking active leadership roles among CMBA Sections as well, contributing to the Insurance Law Section and serving as past Chair for the Women in Law Section, where she chaired the WIL Wellness Retreat. She was selected to serve on the CMBA Board of Trustees in 2017 and was asked to serve on this year’s CMBA Executive Committee.

She also lends her voice to speaking engagements for other CMBA programs such as Reach Out: Legal Assistance for Nonprofits, where she joined a panel of speakers presenting on Nonprofit Risk Management 101 in 2017. Outside the CMBA, Gabe serves on the Advisory Council for the YWCA of Greater Cleveland, as Trustee for Early Childhood Options, and was a member of the Leadership Academy, Class of 2016, at the Ohio Women's Bar Foundation.

Gabe was presented with her award at the CMBA Annual Meeting on June 1, 2018.