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Executive Board 2015-2016

To learn more about the work our executive board does, read our by-laws.

Our executive board is elected annually in June/July. If you are an active member who is interested in being on our executive board, please contact the Immediate Past President. If you are interested in getting involved in any of our committees, please contact the committee chair. To learn more about our executive board members, view their biographies below.  

Members will receive a ballot via email.  The deadline to vote is Monday, June 20, 2016 at 5pm.
The new Board will be sworn in at our Annual Meeting on Thursday, June 23, 2016, 5:30-7:30pm at the CBA.



Jocelyn Armstrong












 Kari E. Murphy






 Jocelyn Armstrong


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Employer: Columbus Bar Association    
Law School:

Jocelyn M. Armstrong, Esq., is a native of Toledo, Ohio.  She holds a Bachelor’s Degree from the Max M. Fisher College of Business at The Ohio State University.  She obtained her juris doctor from Capital University Law School.  Jocelyn was admitted to the Ohio Bar in 2009. While at Capital, Jocelyn studied Alternative Dispute Resolution.  She was the recipient of the Dean’s Scholarship, Class of 2006 Scholarship, and the Dean’s Public Service Award.  She was also a 2009 Class Gift Campaign Captain.  Jocelyn remains active in the Capital community as a member of the African American Law Alumni Association, and adjunct professor, and frequent panelist for prospective and new students. Jocelyn was a member of the first class of attorneys in Columbus Bar inc.  While in the program, she developed J. Armstrong Law Firm, LLC.  Currently, Jocelyn is the Assistant Executive Director and Diversity Director at the Columbus Bar Association.  Jocelyn is active in her church community as a Member of the New Salem Baptist Church Board of Trustees and volunteer with the Women’s Fund of Central Ohio.


 Lindsay Ford Ellis


 Employer: Central Ohio Transit Authority
Law School: Capital
Admitted: 2007

Lindsay Ford Ellis currently serves as Associate Counsel for the Central Ohio Transit Authority.  As Associate Counsel, Ms. Ford Ellis advises Authority employees on legal issues and handles a variety of legal matters, including personal injury cases, employment litigation, contract review, and public records requests.  Prior to joining COTA, Ms. Ford Ellis served as a judicial attorney for Supreme Court of Ohio Chief Justice Maureen O’Connor and was an associate at Crabbe, Brown & James, LLP.  Ms. Ford Ellis is very active in several bar and community organizations.  This past year she served as Co-Chair of the Membership and Social Committee for the John Mercer Langston Bar Association.  In her role as Co-Chair, she organized and coordinated the first ever joint JMLBA and BLSA Gala with both Capital University Law School and The Ohio State University Moritz College of Law.  In addition to serving on the JMLBA board, Ms. Ford Ellis is Secretary of the Law and Leadership Institute, Co-Chair of the Minorities in the Law Committee for the Columbus Bar Association, and a board member of the Capital University Law School Alumni Association.  She is also a member of the Ohio State Bar Association and participated in Cycle 6 of the African American Leadership Academy.


David Ingram

Employer: Columbus City Attorney
Law School: Capital
Admitted: 2011

David A. Ingram received his Juris Doctor in 2011 from Capital University Law School. Prior to entering law school, he received his Bachelors of Arts in Political Science and Bachelor of Arts in Criminology from the Ohio State University. Professionally, David has served as a Legal Intake Counselor and Law Clerk for the Columbus City Attorney’s Office and completed externships with Grange Insurance, Legal Claims Division as well as the Franklin County Municipal Court, Small Claims Division. Currently, David serves as a Prosecutor for the Columbus City Attorney’s Office.


Sheila Craft-Morgan

Employer: Craft-Morgan Law
Law School: Capital
Admitted: 2010

Sheila Craft-Morgan currently serves as the Treasurer of the JMLBA.  She graduated from Capital University Law School in 2010 and was admitted to the bar in November of that year.  Sheila also holds a Master of Library Science from Kent State University and a Bachelor of Arts in English from The Ohio State University.  In 2013, Sheila established Craft-Morgan Law LLC, where she practices in the area of juvenile law. In addition, she works as a Senior Resource Planning Analyst at Ohio State.  Sheila also serves on the AALAA board of the Capital University Law School.

Immediate Past President/Special Initiatives

Jarrod Skinner

Employer: Columbus City Prosecutor
Law School: Capital
Admitted: 2006

Jarrod Skinner is a 2005 Graduate of Capital University Law School and a 2001 graduate of The Ohio State University.  He has served as a staff attorney in the Franklin County Court of Common Pleas and is currently working for the Columbus City Attorney where he prosecutes Environmental actions.  As JMLBA's President in 2014-2015, he assisted JMLBA in accomplishing its mission, specifically bringing more programming to membership, strengthening the pipeline, and creating partnerships with other organizations.  He also helped to expand JMLBA's community service and a variety of events that united the African American legal community.   Jarrod has been an active member of JMLBA and has served as Website Development Co- Chair and President Elect.  He has been a member of the Capital University African American Law Alumni Association Board for the past eight years and also serves on the board of his Condo Association.  Jarrod is married to Alonna and they recently had their first child.


Communications Committee Chair

 Elizabeth E. Cary

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 Employer: Sixth Circuit Court of Appeals
Law School: Emory University School of Law
Admitted: 2011 (NJ), 2013 (OH)

Elizabeth is currently a law clerk to Chief Judge R. Guy Cole, Jr. on the Sixth Circuit Court of Appeals.  She began her legal career at Arent Fox LLP in New York City before moving to Columbus to join Ice Miller LLP as a litigation associate.  Elizabeth is licensed to practice law in four states and is a member of the Emerging Professionals Committee of Women for Economic & Leadership Development (WELD), the Minorities in the Profession Committee of the Columbus Bar Association, United Way of Central Ohio Key Club, Malaika and Volunteer Services Advisory Boards of Franklin County Children Services, and a graduate of the African American Leadership Academy Cycle 10.  In 2014, Elizabeth served as co-chair for the JMLBA Aspiring Attorneys Conference.  Prior to law school, Elizabeth taught elementary school and worked as a college counselor at the Harlem Children’s Zone.  Elizabeth now lives in Gahanna with her husband Robert.

Membership/ Social Committee Co-Chair 

Shayla Favor


Employer: Columbus City Attorney
Law School: Capital
Admitted: 2013

Shayla Favor is currently an Assistant City Attorney with the Columbus City Attorney’s Office. In this position, Favor litigates environmental issues, renders legal advice to various local governmental agencies and serves as a liaison betwen the City Attorney’s Office and neighborhood associations to address issues affecting the quality of life of local residents.  A graduate of The Ohio State University with a Bachelor of Arts degree in Political Science and African-American and African studies, Favor also received her Juris Doctor, with a concentration in Child & Family Law, from Capital University Law School. She is a member of Delta Sigma Theta Sorority Inc., volunteers with the Mid-Ohio Foodbank and Northside Food Pantry, and serves as a mentor through the Lawyer for a Day initiative.

Professional Development Committee Chair 

 Stephen Ifeduba


Employer: Glimcher Realty Trust
Law School: OSU Moritz
Admitted: 1997

Steve is a graduate of the College of Wooster and the Ohio State University Law School.   He currently works for Glimcher Realty Trust, serving as Senior Corporate & Litigation Counsel. Steve has also worked Baker & Hostetler LLP, and Nationwide Mutual Insurance Company. He also has served on the Board of the Neighborhood School Development Partnership (NSPD) and has volunteered for Habitat for Humanity.   Steve is a founding and alumnus member of the Central Ohio chapter of 100 Black Men of America, Inc. and has served as a mentor to law students at The Ohio State University Moritz College of Law, volunteer judge and advisor in negotiation, and judge for moot court.  Steve is married and lives in Berwick.

Fund Development/ Finance Committee Chair

 Kelvin Lawrence


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Employer: Baker Hostetler
Law School:
University of Michigan
Admitted: 2007

Kelvin Lawrence represents business, individual and nonprofit clients in a variety of tax and transactional matters. His practice is principally focused on state and local tax counseling and controversies involving income, real property, sales, use, and commercial activity taxes. Kelvin has experience in assisting clients with unclaimed property audits, state residency audits and in seeking Private Letter Rulings from the Internal Revenue Service.  He has worked with nonprofit entities to obtain real property tax exemptions, to maintain federal tax-exempt status and to improve corporate governance. Kelvin is a member of the American, Ohio State and Columbus Bar Associations, serves on the board of the Columbus Chapter of The Entrepreneurship Institute, is a former co-chair of the Columbus Bar Association’s Business Tax Committee, and was named as an Ohio Super Lawyers Rising Star for 2014.  Kelvin has served as JMLBA’s Fund Development Chair for the past two years.

Community Activism Committee Chair

Azure'D Metoyer

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Employer: Huntington Bank
Law School: Thurgood Marshall School of Law
Admitted: 2014

Azure'D Metoyer is an Anti-Money Laundering Investigator with Huntington Bank. She is a Columbus native and attended Xavier University in Cincinnati, Ohio for undergrad. Azure'D received her J.D from Thurgood Marshall School of Law in Houston, Texas. After becoming licensed in May 2014, she spent considerable time volunteering with the Legal Aid Society of Columbus. Azure'D is passionate about public service and working on policy change. She is also a member of the Ohio Bar Association and the Columbus Bar Association.

Mentoring Committee Chair

Kari E. Murphy


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Employer: Capital University Law School
Law School: Capital
Admitted: 2014

Kari E. Murphy is an Admission Counselor at Capital University Law School. She received her BA from The Ohio State University in education in 2010 and earned her J.D., cum laude from Capital Law in 2014 with a concentration in labor & employment law. After law school, Kari became the Site Administrator for the Law and Leadership Institute at Capital Law. Later, she began recruiting across the country on behalf of Capital Law, which ultimately led her to accept a full time position in the Office of Admission and Financial Aid as an admission counselor. Kari is passionate about connecting people with the resources they need to be successful and promoting diversity in higher education. Kari has worked with JMLBA since her first year in law school and continued to do so both as an individual member and through her role as VP of Capital Law’s BLSA. Kari continues her involvement in the Columbus legal community today through JMLBA and through her service on the Capital University Law School Alumni Board. She is also an active member of the Columbus Urban League Young Professionals where she serves on committees for Social and Cultural Events and Youth and Education.

Membership/ Social Committee Co-Chair

Beatrice Nokuri


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Employer: Bricker & Eckler
Law School: Capital
Admitted: 2012

Beatrice Nokuri is a member of Bricker & Eckler's Health Care group and graduated cum laude from Capital University Law School in May 2012. She received her Bachelor of Science in Nursing from Berea College in Kentucky and worked as a registered nurse for over nine years. During her tenure at Capital Law, she was a research assistant for Dean Richard Simpson and the Strategic Planning Committee; an extern with the Ohio Hospital Association; and a Class Captain for the Class of 2012 Students Giving Back to Students Campaign. Bea was the recipient of several scholarships, including the Dean’s Scholarship, Federal Bar Association Columbus Chapter Scholarship, David D. White Scholarship, John Mercer Langston Bar Association Scholarship, and Douglas J. Haynes Scholarship.

Solo Practitioner Committee Chair

Sean Walton, Jr.

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Employer: Walton & Brown LLP
Law School: Capital
Admitted: 2011

Sean is an experienced attorney in the field of serious personal injury litigation.  Prior to opening Walton + Brown, LLP, he was an attorney with The Cochran Firm, the prestigious firm founded by legendary attorney Johnnie L. Cochran, Jr.  During this time he was also Of Counsel with an Ohio based law firm specializing in serious personal injury cases.  Attorney Walton has also worked for a Federal District Court Judge in Cincinnati, Ohio.  Sean is also a Certified Contract Advisor with the National Football League. He represents athletes through ELITE Sports and Entertainment Agency, LLC.  Sean is active in a number of community and professional organizations, including Alpha Phi Alpha Fraternity, Inc.;  100 Black Men of Central Ohio;  National Bar Association; American Association for Justice;  Ohio Association of Justice; Columbus Bar Association; John Mercer Langston Bar Association; and the Black Entertainment and Sports Lawyers Association.