Inajo Davis Chappell, partner and chair of the Nonprofit Practice at Ulmer & Berne LLP, is an honored contributor to The Stephanie Tubbs Jones Art Gallery at Cleveland Hopkins International Airport (CLE). Ms. Chappell, a Delta Sigma Theta Incorporated sorority sister and friend of the late Congresswoman, was asked to contribute to the gallery and participate in the Unveiling & Dedication Ceremony held on Thursday, October 16, 2014.
The Art Program at CLE proudly showcases the rich cultural and artistic diversity of the Region. The Cleveland Airport System has been aggressively growing its art program since 2009, with the opening of an Employee Art Gallery, a Youth Art Gallery, an array of 3-dimensional exhibits and now The Stephanie Tubbs Jones Art Gallery.
According to Frank G. Jackson, Mayor of the City of Cleveland, “The late Congresswoman Stephanie Tubbs Jones embraced the importance of the concept that art often offers a fresh perspective on life and can connect us as individuals and a community. She hosted the annual Congressional Art Competition that sent a winning piece of art from Northeast Ohio to Washington, D.C. each year. She supported local artists and promoted arts and culture awareness throughout her district. She was a tireless public servant who fought hard to make a difference every day in the lives of our community members. And, she was certainly committed to sustaining the arts in our region. In addition to her commitment to the arts, she was an advocate for continued growth of the airport and rail system in Cleveland. Having a gallery in her name here at the airport, is a genuine reflection of her legacy.”
In reflecting on the many facets of the former Congresswoman, Ms. Chappell describes her as a “one-of-a-kind advocate for justice and fairness, an inspired leader, and passionate public servant.” She added, “The late Congresswoman was a fearless voting rights champion, whose life and legacy of helping those most vulnerable and disenfranchised will continue to be cherished and celebrated.”
Ms. Chappell chairs the firm’s Nonprofit Group, which represents more than 250 exempt organizations, ranging from social service agencies to arts groups, health organizations, foundations, community development corporations, educational, and governmental institutions. In addition to her work representing nonprofit organizations and public institutions, Inajo handles a variety of legal matters for for-profit businesses. Her legal practice focuses on various aspects of corporate law and governance, general business transactions, and commercial real estate acquisition, development, construction, and financing. Inajo has particular expertise representing school districts in the provision and delivery of educational programming and services to disabled students. A very active civic and community volunteer, Inajo serves on the boards of several nonprofit organizations.
Ms. Chappell has been recognized in The Best Lawyers in America, for Nonprofit/Charities Law and is AV-Preeminent rated by Martindale Hubbell. Among others, she is a recipient of the 2014 Diversity & Inclusion Innovation Award from the Cleveland Metropolitan Bar Association, and a recipient of the “Women of Note” designation by Crain’s Cleveland Business. She earned a Bachelor of Arts degree in both Political Science and Afro-American Studies from Yale University and a Juris Doctor from Columbia University School of Law, New York.