B.A., Denison University, 1976
J.D., Case Western Reserve University, 1979
Citation awarded June, 2001
The saying, “Ask a busy person if you want to get something done” certainly applies to Jan Roller, Denison class of 1976. While maintaining a full-time practice of law with the Cleveland firm Davis & Young, she has been simultaneously involved in many non-profit and civic organizations. She is a frequent speaker on trial tactics and is active in a number of professional organizations. She was named an “Ohio Super Lawyer” in Insurance Defense and Personal Injury in 2010.
Jan is currently the President of the Board of the Cleveland City Club, the oldest continuous free speech forum in the country. She has also been president of the boards of the Cleveland Bar Foundation, Near West Theatre, Urban Community School and Lutheran Metropolitan Ministry. She is also a founder of the Ohio Democratic Women’s Caucus, and City- Year Cleveland.
If you know Jan, you know she does not play a ‘figure head’ or passive role on a board. She passionately becomes engaged in leading, networking, fund-raising, and advocating on behalf of the organizations. She is passionate about Cleveland – and that means advocating for the full participation of its citizens regardless of income or circumstance in making Cleveland a vibrant, healthy community.
We honor Jan Roller ’76 for her professional and personal advocacy on behalf of women, for leading by example, and for always being willing to invest her time in issues and activities that will benefit the wider community.