John and Ginny Elam Pro Bono Award
The John and Ginny Elam Pro Bono Award* was established in 2007 to recognize exceptional pro bono work in the state of Ohio. With the help of Chief Justice Tom Moyer, Ginny Elam created the Award as a tribute to her late husband John Elam who was an advocate for attorneys to provide public service through pro bono activities. Elam generously donated his own time and talents to support the Legal Aid Society of Columbus, as well as other groups working to provide access to the courts for those who are disadvantaged.
Jennifer Himmelein is as a partner at Brouse McDowell, where she focuses her practice in family law, including domestic relations, juvenile, probate, and mediation. She regularly serves as a Court-appointed Guardian ad Litem in Cuyahoga, Lorain, Lake, and Geauga Counties. Jennifer has participated in extensive divorce-related mediation training and is certified as a Parent Coordinator.
Jennifer is very active in her community in Northeast Ohio. She serves as Chair of the Cleveland Metropolitan Bar Association’s (CMBA) Justice For All Committee (JFA) and has been the driving force behind the Pro Se and Pro Se “Plus” Divorce Clinics for almost a decade. The Clinics, a program of the CMBA in partnership with The Legal Aid Society of Cleveland and the Cleveland Law Library, serve financially disadvantaged individuals seeking a simple divorce who have nowhere else to turn.
To learn more about Jennifer, read our recent press release.
*This award is given out by the John and Ginny Elam Pro Bono Award Selection Committee.