2014 Pillar Award for Community Service, Northeast Ohio
Christopher M. Kelly
Partner-in-charge, Cleveland Office
The mission of charity
Jones Day has long been active in charitable organizations, providing pro bono legal services, public service and community service. In 2013, the law firm donated more than $500,000 to upward of 100 Northeast Ohio organizations and more than 100 Jones Day partners and employees serve on boards of Northeast Ohio nonprofit organizations.
From work helping children learn to read with the Case Tutoring Program to making sure that families have enough food to eat through the Greater Cleveland Food Bank, Jones Day’s giving continues to expand. This year, the company raised more than $11,000 for the Food Bank’s Harvest for Hunger campaign and $434,000 was raised during the United Way campaign drive in 2013.
Jones Day also provides pro bono legal services through Legal Aid, which helps low income and vulnerable people. In 2012, Jones Day lawyers provided advice and assistance to 150 people who sought help at a Saturday clinic.
The law firm provided legal aid in 2013 to Gina DeJesus and Amanda Berry, who were kidnapped, abused and confined in Cleveland for nearly a decade. It also worked with the Cleveland Courage Fund, established by Cleveland City Council to collect donations for the women, to ensure all of the money that was raised would benefit the intended recipients.
Jones Day also took a world focus and worked with the Bet Tzedek Holocaust Survivors Justice Network to help assist Holocaust survivors in obtaining pension payments. To date more than 30 area survivors have been helped by Jones Day and it continues to provide assistance under this program.