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Ulmer & Berne announces that partner Inajo Davis Chappell (Law, 1985) has received the 14th annual Women Worth Watching® award from Profiles in Diversity Journal. The women who received the award are a select group of trailblazers who represent corporations, government agencies, law firms, and nonprofits from across North America and Europe. They have distinguished themselves from their peers based on excellence in their fields and the positive influence they have both inside and outside of their organizations. Profiles in Diversity Journal is a publication dedicated to recognizing ambitious people, initiatives, and programs which support the success of diverse workforces across the country and around the world.
Ms. Chappell chairs Ulmer & Bernes Nonprofit and School Law Practice Groups. Under her leadership, the exempt organizations represented by the firm grew from 88 to more than 250. Her clients range from social service agencies to arts groups, health organizations, foundations, community development corporations, educational, and governmental institutions. In addition to her work representing nonprofit organizations and public institutions, Ms. Chappell handles a variety of legal matters for for-profit businesses. Her legal practice focuses on various aspects of corporate law and governance, general business transactions, and commercial real estate acquisition, development, construction, and financing. Ms. Chappell has particular expertise representing school districts in the provision and delivery of educational programming and services to disabled students. Outside of her legal practice, Ms. Chappell is an exceptionally active civic leader and community volunteer, holding positions on the boards of several nonprofit organizations.
Ms. Chappell is consistently honored for her contributions to the legal profession and her community. She has been recognized in The Best Lawyers in America® for five consecutive years, earning the distinction of 2015 Lawyer of the Year for Non-Profit/Charities Law in Cleveland. She was named one of the Most Influential Black Lawyers in America by Savoy Magazine in 2015. The Women in Law Section of the Cleveland Metropolitan Bar Association (CMBA) recognized her at the Women in Law Making a Difference event and awarded her the 2014 Diversity & Inclusion Innovation Award. She holds degrees from Yale University (A.B., Political Science & Afro-American Studies) and Columbia Law School (J.D.).Submitted on Oct 06, 2015
Dylan Willoughby (Law, 1999) writes, "My latest music EP, Lost in Stars' "Once You Were Fire' has received significant airplay across the country, making many charts and reaching #1 on 91X KUXL's Top 40 chart. BitTorrent selected the EP as a featured bundle in August."Submitted on Sep 25, 2015