The John Mercer Langston Bar Association would like to recognize several of our members for their accomplishments over the last several months.
- Congratulations to the following members who will be featured in the 11th edition of Who's Who in Black Columbus
- Judge Laurel Beatty
- Almeta Cooper
- Ivery Foreman
Algenon Marbley (Federal District Court) was featured in the June
2013 Federal Lawyer Magazine. G. Michael Payton (Civil Rights
Commission) provided quotes in this article as well.
- Members Jennifer Adair (Ohio Medicaid), Judge Stephen McIntosh (Common
Pleas), Tracie Ransom (Porter Wright) and Carl Smallwood (Vorys) have been
appointed to the OSBA’s Council of Delegates for District 7 (Franklin
- Judge Andrea Peeples was featured in the July
12, 2013 Daily Reporter’s weekly series “Personal Profiles of Franklin
- Carl Smallwood (Vorys) will be sworn in as President of the National Conference of
Bar Presidents at this year's American Bar Association Annual meeting in
Robinson and Jennifer Adair were appointed to the City of Columbus Blue
Print Advisory Board.
Salute: Tracie Ransom is the
recipient of the Emerging Leader Award.
Salute: Janet Jackson is the recipient of the Distinguished Leader
Salute: Bo Chilton accepted the
Outstanding Organization Award on behalf of IMPACT Community Action
Brown (Ulmer & Berne) has been
named to Lawyers of Color’s 2013 Hot List Midwest Region.
- Yvette McGee Brown has been named to an
advisory group selected to review safeguards in place to prevent abuses of
Ohio Law Enforcement Gateway (OHLEG), which is Ohio’s web-based law
- The OSU Board of
Trustees appointed Professor Sharon
Davies as the Gregory H. Williams Chair in Civil Rights and Civil
Liberties at the Moritz College of Law in April 2013.
- Carl Smallwood (Vorys) has been elected as the New
President of the National Conference of Bar Presidents,
- Mike Flowers (KBK Enterprises) is commencing his second year of
a three-year term on the ABA Board of Governors.
- Jocelyn Armstrong (CBA) has been named Assistant Executive
Director of Operations at the Columbus Bar Association.
- Judge Kim Browne was featured in the October
4, 2013 Daily Reporter in its Benchmarks of Success: Personal Profiles
of Franklin County Judges.
- On October 10, 2013 the Portrait
of Robert M. Duncan, the 124th Justice of the Ohio Supreme Court, was dedicated
to the Ohio Supreme Court. It will hang in a first floor meeting
room. Alex Shumate and Professor Sharon Davies were among
the speakers at the event.
Kimberley Cocroft was featured in the September 27, 2013 Daily Reporter in its
ongoing series Benchmarks of Success: Personal Profiles of
Franklin County Judges.
- Keisha Jenkins, Karen Morrison and Bryan
Steward are members of the High Performing Schools Working Group. The Working Group was formed in
September by the Columbus City Council and Columbus City Schools to,
“examine, deliberate, and recommend steps and standards to expand the
number of high performing schools within the Columbus City Schools
district.” The Working Group will
hold public briefings through November and a final report of
recommendations will be issued to Columbus City Council and Columbus City
Schools by the end of this year.
Granger (Excel) published “Like Skills
Learned Through Video Games” and Shantae Clayborn (Clayborn Law)
published “MOTHER-LAWYERS—the Shero Revamped” for the Fall 2013 Columbus
Bar Association’s Lawyers Quarterly Magazine.
- Gov. John Kasich named Cynthia Dungey as the new director
of the Ohio Department of Job and Family Services (ODJFS).
P. Smoot (Littler Mendelson) was reappointed by the
Governor to the Ohio Elections Commission for a term beginning Oct. 24,
2013 and ending Dec. 31, 2017.
- Ben Espy, Janet Jackson and Mayor Coleman were named among the 2013
Class of Columbus Black Legends. They will be honored at the Columbus
Black Leaders and Legends Award gala Saturday, November 9 at the Easton
- Otto Beatty and James Ervin were among
the 2013 Class of Columbus Black Leaders. All honorees will be recognized
at the Columbus Black Leaders and Legends Award gala Saturday, November 9
at the Easton Hilton.
Friday, November 1, Sharon Davies,
Executive Director of the Kirwan Institute and JMLBA Advisory Board
member, and Tracie Ransom,
Partner at Porter Wright Morris & Arthur, completed another Amicus
Brief on behalf of the Coalition of African American Male Initiatives for
the ongoing Fisher case, and filed it with the U.S. Court of Appeals for
the Fifth Circuit.
- Judge Timothy Horton was featured in the November
8, 2013 edition of the Daily Reporter for its ongoing series titled Benchmarks
of Success: Personal Profiled of Franklin County Judges.
Curtis Stitt was honored by Ohio Cancer
Research Associates on December 11, 2013.
- Judge Terri Jamison
gave the Commencement Address at Columbus State Community College's
graduation on December 6, 2013. She was also chosen as one of the 50
Notable Students during this CSCC’s 50 year anniversary and has been
chosen to serve on the Board of Trustees for the Ohio Justice Alliance for
Community Corrections. Congratulations Judge Jamison!
- Yvette McGee Brown
recently joined the Board of Directors for Glimcher Realty, one of
Columbus’ leading real estate companies.
Hatcher was recently named the newest partner at Baker
- Jameel Turner was recently named the newest Member at Bailey
- Judge Laurel Beatty was featured in the Daily
Reporter’s Benchmarks of Success: Personal Profiles of Franklin
County Judges on November 29, 2013.
- Congratulations to Evelyn Smith (Exel), Elizabeth Cary (Ice Miller), and Noceeba Southern Letts (Ohio
Attorney General) for being selected as Fellows of the African American
Leadership Academy in Cycle 10.
- Yvette McGee Brown is Capital’s Black Law
Students Association’s 2014 MLK Image Award recipient. The award will be presented at on
January 30, 2014 at the MLK Symposium reception.
- Kimberly Shumate was
named Interim Chief of Human Resources, for The Ohio
State Wexner Medical Center on November 1, 2013!