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."

Officers

     
       
Jennifer M. Himmelein   Sarah A. Nemastil
 
Chair   Vice Chair
 
Cavitch, Familo &
Durkin Co., LPA
  Attorney at Law  

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 2020 JFA Volunteer of the Year!

The JFA recognizes with pleasure the recipient of the 2020 JFA Volunteer of the Year Award: Catherine R. Donnelly of Yourkvitch & Dibo, LLC. Catherine was nominated by the leadership committee of the Women In Law Section (WIL) for her extraordinary volunteer service.

Currently, Catherine serves as a Board Member for two organizations – the Neighborhood Housing Services of Greater Cleveland and The Meeting Place Learning Center. At the same time, she has been an active volunteer attorney for the Legal Aid Society of Cleveland since 2008.

For the past three years, Catherine has also been a regular volunteer for the Women’s Business Center of Ohio, the local chapter a national network of nearly 100 educational centers designed to assist women to start and grow small businesses. Notably, this year, Catherine organized a CLE program to promote the mission of the Women’s Business Center and offer other WIL members the opportunity to engage with this worthwhile organization. In doing so, Catherine provided a service opportunity for WIL members that is directly in line with WIL’s goal to promote women in the legal profession as well as in business. Beyond the legal profession, Catherine also volunteers at St. Colman Church monthly by assisting with the distribution of meals to the community.

In addition to her volunteer work, Catherine currently serves as the Vice-Chair & Membership Co-Chair for WIL. During the 2019-2020 Bar Year, Catherine has been a vital part of the WIL leadership committee as well as an active member of the JFA Committee. She has contributed tremendously to the WIL Section’s success as well as the numerous member events held over the past year. Catherine has committed to continuing her service to WIL by taking on the additional responsibility of Co-Chair for the upcoming Bar Year. 

“We believe that Catherine has provided the type of exemplary service to the Cleveland community that would make her a very worthy recipient of this award.” -- Kami Brauer, 2019-20 WIL Co-Chair; Chris Bushnell, Co-Chair; Alison Archer, Social and Networking Chair; Mallory Rohr, Programming/CLE Chair; and Kendra Davitt, Food for Thought & Membership Co-Chair