The Women Lawyers Section of the Cincinnati Bar Association has named Cincinnati attorney Michele L. Young the recipient of the Julia A. Stautberg Award for 2020. The award is given annually to a female CBA member attorney in recognition of exemplary service.
Young has spent her life up against the barriers that she and her clients face. As a woman and working mother, she has found doors closed to her, even to this day.
“There could be no greater honor or opportunity than the Julia A. Stautberg Award, to advance her dream of helping the women in the Cincinnati Bar Association break down each and every wall that would prevent them from reaching full lives as lawyers,” Young said.
In the community, Young has spearheaded successful political, public interest, civic, and media campaigns, serving as an advocate in a variety of roles. In her work as an attorney at the law firm of Gregory S. Young Co., LPA, she provides counsel to people from all walks of life: from prominent political and human rights leaders to the poor and friendless.
Young was chosen as one of The Enquirer’s 2020 Women of the Year. Young also was chosen as a Venue Magazine 2019 Women of Influence Honoree for having “helped shape the success of organizations and demonstrating leadership, professional achievement and continuous contributions to the workplace and/or community.” In 2014 the Cincinnati Women Political Caucus named her the recipient for the Outstanding Achievement Award.
Through numerous charitable endeavors, Young strives to improve the lives of all people in the region. For example, her innovative “don’t text and drive” and “anti-bullying” campaigns reached thousands of people daily.
Young also works to create a culture where everyone is accepted. She is the co-founder and co-chair of the Cincinnati’s AJC Black Jewish Table of Table of Understanding that. She is part of the team of interfaith leaders that founded the local Kids4Peace, the first Cincinnati summer camp where Christian, Jewish, and Muslim children come together. She has fought to bring women and minorities into the public office, including running successful pro-bono campaigns.
Young’s legal career
While raising five children, Michele and her husband have built their law firm to with 10 offices in Kentucky and Ohio. Young, a graduate of Georgetown University Law Center and McGill University, provides the very highest level of legal assistance and advocacy to all cases. She is a former adjunct law professor in two law schools and law clerk to three federal judges, including the Hon. George Edwards Jr. of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Sixth Circuit and co-authoring a book for the American Bar Association.
Her lawyering is distinguished by an emphasis on innovativeness, integrity, hard work, and heart. Every case, large or small, every detail, every life, matters to her.
The Julia A. Stautberg award is named in honor of the late Judge Julia A. Stautberg. In her work as a leader in both the legal community and the community at large, Stautberg fostered and maintained the highest integrity of the legal profession. She sought to improve the quality of justice for women; promoted access to justice for women; was a mentor to young female attorneys; and promoted knowledge of the law for all.
The Women Lawyers Section of the Cincinnati Bar Association creates opportunities for professional and personal connections among women engaged in the legal profession. The section provides training and philanthropic opportunities for its members and other members of the bar and serves as a presence and voice for women attorneys in the community.