Steven Dettelbach Honored with the Congresswoman Stephanie Tubbs Jones Award for Public Service

News / July 20, 2016

BakerHostetler Partner Steven Dettelbach is the 2016 recipient of the Congresswoman Stephanie Tubbs Jones Award for Public Service, presented by the Northeast Ohio Chapter of the American Constitution Society (ACS) at the organization’s annual luncheon.

Dettelbach was nominated by the 16-member ACS Northeast Ohio Executive Board last summer for his numerous civic contributions and involvement. While serving as the U.S. Attorney from 2009 to 2016, Dettelbach led several federal prosecutions focused on civil rights, including hate-crimes prosecutions of a religious sect that attacked a group of Amish men and women and human-trafficking prosecutions against a ring supplying forced labor to Ohio-based egg farms. He also served as chair of the Civil Rights Subcommittee of the Attorney General’s Advisory Committee and he worked closely with the City of Cleveland to put into place a comprehensive consent decree intended to reform police procedures.

Last year’s winner, Cleveland Mayor Frank Jackson, presented the award to Dettelbach and spoke at the luncheon, which took place July 12 at The City Club of Cleveland. In addition to Mayor Frank Jackson, previous winners include Senator Sherrod Brown, Ted Strickland and Judge Jennifer Brunner.

Partner Michael Meuti, ACS Chapter President, also spoke, saying of Dettelbach, “As his former colleagues at the U.S. Attorney’s office can testify personally, that emphasis on civil rights has improved the lives of an untold number of people in the Northern District of Ohio.”

The award is named in honor of U.S. Rep. Stephanie Tubbs Jones, the first African-American woman to represent Ohio in the U.S. Congress.