Evelyn “Eve” Stratton was a former trial judge for seven years, and an Ohio Supreme Court Justice for 16 years. Evelyn Lundberg Stratton retired from the Supreme Court of Ohio early to pursue criminal justice reforms with a particular emphasis on veterans who become involved with the justice system. She established the Veterans in the Courts Initiative in 2009.
She comes from a long line of veterans – a grandfather killed in the line of duty (KIA) in WWII, five uncles and a father who also served in WWII, and two brothers who served in the Vietnam Theater.
She assisted the Department of Veterans Affairs in establishing veterans treatment courts, served on the VA committee that launched the Veterans Justice Outreach (VJO) Program, founded Operation Legal Help Ohio, co-founded Resurrecting Lives, a non-profit focusing on veterans and traumatic brain injury (TBI), co-chairs the Ohio Attorney General’s Task Force on Mental Illness and Criminal Justice, with a sub-committee on Veterans Courts and Military Affairs, among other veterans-related issues.
Stratton teaches and speaks nationally on veterans and criminal justice reform issues.
Fred Stratmann is General Counsel for CommuniCare Health Services in Cincinnati. He served as Chief Legal Counsel for the Ohio Department of Veterans Services from 2013-2015. During his tenure at ODVS, he was a proponent of expanding Veterans Treatment Courts in more counties in Ohio. He has also developed and presented CLE programs on Veterans Treatment Courts and the representation of Veterans in criminal courts. He serves as Co-Chair of the Ohio State Bar Association’s Military and Veterans Law Committee has also served as Interim Superintendent of the Ohio Veterans Homes. Fred served in the United States Coast Guard from 1984-1990.
Shawn M. Beem is the Assistant Dean for Professional Development at Capital University Law School. He is a frequent developer of innovative CLE programs and presentations and author of articles on the subject of career and professional development. Dean Beem served as a Director on the Board of NALP – The Association for Legal Career Professionals, a national organization dedicated to professional development and legal recruitment. He assisted in the initial creation of Operation Legal Help Ohio’s call center and pro bono placement. Dean Beem earned a Bachelor of Arts in French and International Studies from the University of Dayton and a Juris Doctor from Capital University Law School. He spent a year studying at the Université de Strasbourg in France earning a Diplôme d’Etudes Françaises.
Ms. Taylor is the Director for Pro Bono and Communications for the Ohio Legal Assistance Foundation. Prior to her employment with the Foundation she practiced law for 25 years at the Akron law firm of Guy, Lammert & Towne, concentrating her practice in commercial litigation, creditors’ rights and bankruptcy. In 1994, Ms. Taylor was elected the first female president of the Akron Bar Association, and was president of the Ohio State Bar Association from 2005 to 2006. She holds a B.A. from Kent State University and a J.D. from the University of Akron School of Law.