The 22nd Annual Humanitarian of the Year luncheon, celebrating The Honorable Yvette McGee Brown
The Humanitarian of the Year Award, presented annually by the American Red Cross, recognizes local individuals or groups whose efforts and accomplishments have made our community a better place to live and work.
Judge Brown’s humanitarian spirit has been evident since she was first elected to the Franklin County Court of Common Pleas, Domestic Relations and Juvenile division in 1992. As lead Juvenile Court Judge, she led the creation of the Family Drug Court and the SMART Program, a truancy and educational neglect intervention program. She served on the Common Pleas Court until 2002, when she retired from the bench to create the Center for Child and Family Advocacy at Nationwide Children's Hospital. The Center is a multi-disciplinary organization that combats child abuse and family violence servicing children and families experiencing abuse.
Judge Brown is also a trailblazer, with a series of firsts: She was the first African-American woman elected to the Franklin County Common Pleas Court; she was the founding president of the Center for Child and Family Advocacy at Nationwide Children's Hospital; and, in January 2011, she became the first African-American woman to serve as a Justice on the Supreme Court of Ohio. She is presently a partner at the global law firm of Jones Day specializing in litigation and appeals.