September 19, 2012
Ohio Supreme Court Justice Stratton to Receive Foundation Pro Bono Award
Columbus Bar Foundation President David Alexander announced that Supreme Court of Ohio Justice Evelyn Lundberg Stratton will receive the Foundation’s Award for Outstanding Pro Bono Service by a Judge, for her long-term commitment to the legal needs of the military and veterans. The award will be presented at the Pro Bono Celebration on Monday October 15, 4:00-6:00pm at the Columbus Bar offices. The CBA and the Foundation, in conjunction with the Legal Aid Society of Columbus, host this annual reception to thank the volunteer lawyers and paralegals who generously donate their time and money to provide free and low fee representation to low income people.
Please RSVP for the Pro Bono Celebration by October 5 to Marion Smithberger at firstname.lastname@example.org or 614/340.2070.
The Pro Bono Reception honoring Justice Stratton will kick-off the CBA and the Foundation’s National Pro Bono Celebration. Justice Stratton is the 2012 Ohio honorary chair for the National Pro Bono Celebration.
The Pro Bono Celebration, in its fourth year, highlights the part that pro bono lawyers play in providing vital civil legal services to people who cannot afford a lawyer, and underscores the difference that pro bono lawyers make to their communities, to the courts, and to the clients that are helped.
Justice Stratton was the first woman elected to the Franklin County Court of Common Pleas, and was later appointed to the Supreme Court, where she is in her third elected term. She has announced her retirement from the Court at the end of the year to more fully pursue her advocacy work in criminal justice.
A strong interest by Justice Stratton in mental health courts, with an emphasis on treatment for those whose illness may have led to criminal behavior, has expanded to include work on the development of veterans treatment courts to assist veterans who may have become involved with criminal courts as the result of Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder or Traumatic Brain Injury.
Working in collaboration with the Ohio Legal Assistance Foundation, the Ohio State Bar Association, representatives of active branches of the military service and others, Justice Stratton led the creation of the Ohio Military/Veterans Legal Assistance Project, a project which will recruit pro bono attorneys to accept cases representing veterans, and active or reserve military personnel, who cannot afford to hire an attorney. The project is in the development phase and is not yet ready to accept cases statewide.
For more information about the National Pro Bono Celebration, and for a complete listing of Celebration events taking place throughout Ohio, visit www.celebrateprobono.org.