Carole Rendon Honored With the Congresswoman Stephanie Tubbs Jones Award for Public Service

News / August 4, 2017

BakerHostetler Partner Carole Rendon is the 2017 recipient of the Congresswoman Stephanie Tubbs Jones Award for Public Service. The award was presented by the Northeast Ohio Chapter of the American Constitution Society at the organization’s annual luncheon on Aug. 1 at the City Club of Cleveland. Throughout her career and most recently during her tenure as First Assistant U.S. Attorney and U.S. Attorney for the Northern District of Ohio, Rendon has addressed many issues of critical importance to Northern Ohio.

As lead counsel on the comprehensive investigation of the Cleveland Division of Police, Rendon oversaw the creation of a consent decree that came to be viewed as a national model for police reform. In 2011, she was among the first to recognize a disturbing trend involving heroin and opioid abuse in the communities. She developed the U.S. Attorney’s Heroin and Opioid Task Force, which seeks to find comprehensive solutions to address Northeast Ohio’s opioid epidemic.

A driving force behind the creation of the Northeast Ohio CyberConsortium, Rendon helped organize this cross-sector public-private partnership to reduce the region’s vulnerability to cyberattacks. In the wake of a series of high-profile public corruption prosecutions, she helped develop the Northeast Ohio Business Ethics Coalition to provide training and guidance to the region’s business community.

“Carole personifies the leadership characteristics recognized by the Stephanie Tubbs Jones Award for Public Service,” said BakerHostetler Chairman Steve Kestner. “We are grateful for her dedication to the community and her commitment to finding ways to address some of most difficult problems facing Northeast Ohio and the country.”

At the luncheon, several of northeast Ohio’s civic and community leaders reflected on Rendon’s career, leadership and commitment to public service. Phrases used to describe her included “an asset to our community,” “a friend of justice,” and “an example of the rule of law” whose “steady leadership has kept the community moving toward an incredible future.”

Speakers included the Honorable Judge Solomon Oliver Jr. of the United States District Court, Northern District of Ohio; David W. Rowan, chief legal officer, chief governance officer and secretary of the Cleveland Clinic; and Steven M. Dettelbach, partner, BakerHostetler, and former U.S. Attorney for the Northern District of Ohio.

Following the award ceremony, Rendon invited Pulitzer Prize-winning journalist and syndicated columnist Connie Schultz to join her on the stage for a keynote conversation on the importance of constitutional rights in America.

Rendon was nominated by the 14-member ACS Northeast Ohio Executive Board and 13-member Advisory Board. The award is named in honor of the late United States Congresswoman Stephanie Tubbs Jones, the first African-American woman to represent Ohio in the U.S. Congress. Previous winners include Steven Dettelbach, Cleveland Mayor Frank Jackson, Sen. Sherrod Brown, former Ohio state Senator Nina Turner, former Ohio Governor Ted Strickland, Cuyahoga County Executive Armond Budish, and former Secretary of State and Common Pleas Court Judge Jennifer Brunner.

L to R: Terry Brennan, Steve Dettelbach, Carole Rendon, Steve Kestner, Brett Wall, Ned Searby