Join us for this special Law Day program featuring U.S. Senator Sherrod Brown giving his reflections on the January 6th Capitol insurrection with moderator U.S. District Judge Benita Y. Pearson '95, Northern District of Ohio.
Law Day is held annually by the American Bar Association to celebrate the role of law in our society and to cultivate a deeper understanding of the legal profession.
U.S. Senator Sherrod Brown
A lifelong Ohioan, Senator Sherrod Brown has spent his career fighting for the Dignity of Work – the idea that hard work should pay off for everyone, no matter who you are, where you live, or what kind of work you do.
He has held nearly 500 roundtables across Ohio, because he believes the best ideas don’t come out of Washington – they come from conversations with Ohioans. Senator Brown serves as Chairman of the Senate Banking, Housing and Urban Affairs Committee. He also serves on the Finance Committee, the Agriculture Committee, and is the longest serving Ohioan on the Veterans’ Affairs Committee.
Sherrod was born and raised in Mansfield, Ohio, where he earned his Eagle Scout award and spent summers working on his family’s farm. He is married to author and Pulitzer Prize-winning columnist Connie Schultz. They live in Cleveland, Ohio, with their rescue dogs, Franklin and Walter, drive Jeeps made by union workers in Toledo, and have three daughters, a son, a daughter-in-law, three sons-in-law, and eight grandchildren.
The Honorable Benita Y. Pearson '95
Judge Pearson was appointed to serve as United States District Judge for the Northern District of Ohio by President Barack Obama on December 27, 2010, making her the first African American female to serve as a United States District Judge in the State of Ohio. Prior to her appointment as District Judge, Judge Pearson served the Northern District of Ohio as a Magistrate Judge following her appointment on August 29, 2008.
Judge Pearson’s service as a judicial officer was preceded by an eight-year tenure as an Assistant United States Attorney for the Northern District of Ohio, where she distinguished herself while prosecuting several high-profile cases. She was also a litigator in private practice, and served as a Judicial Law Clerk for the Honorable John M. Manos.
Born in Cleveland, Ohio, Judge Pearson is a graduate of Hathaway Brown School, Georgetown University and Cleveland State University’s Cleveland-Marshall College of Law (1995), where she has served as an adjunct professor. She is a member of the C|M|LAW Hall of Fame.
Among her numerous professional and community activities, she is Past President and founding member of the Nathaniel R. Jones Inn of Court, and serves on committees of the Judicial Conference of the United States, and committees for the Sixth Circuit Court of Appeals.
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