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March 13, 2012
Green Marbley Lauded for Contribution to African-American Community

Janet L. Green MarbleyJanet L. Green Marbley, administrator for the Supreme Court of Ohio Clients’ Security Fund and Capital University Law School alumnus, was honored Thursday for her significant contribution to the African-American community.

Green Marbley received the 2012 David D. White Award from the law school and African-American Law Alumni Association. The annual award and reception helps support the David D. White Scholarship Endowment at the law school, created in 1989 by the alumni association.

“I am deeply grateful and humbled by my selection as the 2012 recipient of the David D. White award,” Green Marbley said. “I am also very appreciative of the support provided by the Supreme Court of Ohio for my volunteer and community activities.”

Green Marbley has served as CSF administrator since 1995. Her responsibilities include overseeing the reimbursement of victims of attorney theft, managing the fund’s office operations and staff and serving as secretary to the CSF Board of Commissioners.

Since her appointment, she has become a national advocate for law client protection and recently completed a two-year term as president of the National Client Protection Organization. She is chair of the American Bar Association’s Standing Committee on Client Protection and is a former chair of the ABA Advisory Commission on Client Protection. She has been a frequent speaker at the ABA National Forum on Client Protection and has written several articles in this area. Green Marbley also serves as a member of the ABA House of Delegates, which is the policy-making body of the association.

Green Marbley recently joined the Advisory Board of the Miller-Becker Institute for Professional Responsibility at the University of Akron School of Law. The institute develops initiatives and activities to enhance ethical awareness among those who practice, adjudicate, teach and study the law.

Green Marbley is also active in the local Columbus community. She serves on the board of directors of The Child Development Council and the board of directors of the Ohio Legal Assistance Foundation. She’s a former member of the boards of directors for The Legal Aid Society, Gladden Community House, Southside Settlement House and Buckeye Ranch. She is the former chair of the Columbus Bar Association’s Women and the Law Committee and former member of the Board of Editors for the Ohio State Bar Association.

She is a member of the Board of Directors of Advent United Church of Christ and serves as a mentor at Linden-McKinley High School. She also participates in the Ohio Supreme Court’s Lawyer to Lawyer Mentoring Program.

The award and scholarship memorialize the outstanding accomplishments of the law school’s first African American graduate. White graduated from Capital (known then as the Columbus School of Law) in 1931. The first African American attorney licensed to practice in Columbus, White practiced for more than 57 years as a partner in the firm of Bell, White and Ross. He was a member of the Columbus Bar Association Board of Governors, the Ohio Public Defender Commission, the Ohio State Bar Association’s Council of Delegates and the Ohio Civil Rights Commission. White died in 1992.