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Prosecutor Sherri Bevan Walsh's Honors

SHERRI BEVAN WALSH

53 University Avenue
Akron, Ohio  44308 

(330) 643-2800 (Office)
(330) 643-2137 (Fax)   


SELECTED HONORS AND ACHIEVEMENTS

  Professional Honors

  • Martindale-Hubbell Distinguished Award for Very High Rating in Both Legal Ability & Ethical Standards - 2021
  • National Child Support Enforcement Agency’s Inspire Event’s Most Innovative Solution for Drive-Up DNA Testing - 2020
  • Marsy’s Law for Ohio - Victims’ Rights Champion Award - 2019
  • Dr. Harvey L. Sterns’ Award for Distinguished Service to Seniors from the Jewish Family Service of Akron – 2017
  • Summit County Victim Assistance Program 2017 Bernard Rosen Community Service Award
  • 2018 Ohio Child Support Director’s Association, Best Performance Collections on Cases with Arrears in the Metro Caseload Division
  • Ohio Child Support Director’s Association, Best Overall Performance in the Metro Caseload Division – 2019, 2018, 2017, 2016
  • Ohio Child Support Director’s Association, Best Performance Paternity Establishment in the Metro Caseload Division – 2019, 2018, 2017, 2016, 2013
  • Ohio Child Support Director’s Association, Best Performance Support Order Establishment in the Metro Caseload Division – 2019, 2017, 2016, 2015, 2014, 2013, 2012
  • Ohio Child Support Director’s Association, Most Improved Collections on Current Support Cases in the Metro Caseload Division – 2019, 2015, 2013, 2011
  • Ohio Child Support Director’s Association, Most Improved Collections on Cases with Arrears in the Metro Caseload Division – 2019, 2017, 2016, 2014, 2013
  • 2016 Ohio Crime Victim Justice Center Models of Justice Prosecutor of the Year
  • Ohio Child Support Director’s Association, Most Improved Paternity Establishment in the Metro Caseload Division –2013
  • Ohio Child Support Director’s Association’s Recognition of Summit County for Superior Performance in Current Support Collections for June 2013
  • Ohio Child Support Director’s Association, Most Improved Support Order Establishment in the Metro Caseload Division –2012
  • Public Service Award, Summit County Children Services – 2012
  • Hudson Hero, Hudson Rotary Club – 2012
  • Elected Official of the Year, Ohio Public Images, for being “a community leader who consistently champions causes for people with developmental disabilities” – 2011
  • Woman of Achievement, Celebrate & Share, a Pittsburgh organization, in recognition of Prosecutor Walsh’s successful prosecution of Jimmy Lee Tayse – 2008
  • Special Achievement Award, Ohio Attorney General’s Office – 2008
  • Public Official of the Year, National Association of Social Workers – 2007
  • Prosecutor of the Year, Ohio Patrolmen’s Benevolent Association – 2006
  • Awarded Women’s History Project of Akron’s “Faye H. Dambrot Heroine Award” – 2004
  • MADD Red Ribbon Award for aggressive prosecution of drunk drivers – 2004
  • Harold K. Stubbs Humanitarian Award for Government Service – 2004
  • MADD Red Ribbon Award for efforts in improving D.U.I. law – 2003
  • Urban Lights Award for Women in Public Service – 2003
  • Woman of the Year, Northeast Ohio Business & Professional Women’s Club – 2002
  • Recognized for exceptional commitment to innocent victims of crime in Ohio, Ohio Supreme Court – 1992

Child Support Enforcement Agency

  • Most Improved Support Order Establishment in the Metro Caseload Division, Ohio Department of Job and Family Services – 2012
  • Most Improved Collections on Current Support in the Metro Caseload Division, Ohio Department of Job and Family Services – 2011
  • Best Practice Award for Hospital Genetic Testing Program, Ohio Child Support Director’s Association – 2010
  • Recognized for using billboards to locate felony child support offenders, Federal Office of Child Support Enforcement Agency – 2009
  • Best Practice Award for development of child support workshops at churches throughout the community, Ohio Child Support Director’s Association – 2009
  • Achievement Award for Child Support Days, National Association of Counties – 2009
  • Best Practice Award for using billboards to locate felony child support offenders, Ohio Child Support Director’s Association – 2008
  • Best Practice Award for sting operation to arrest child support offenders, Ohio Family Support Association – 2005
  • Best Practice Award for REACH Program, Ohio Family Support Association – 2005
  • Most Improved Child Support Program in the Country, National Child Support Enforcement Agency – 2005
  • Best Practice Award for Child Support Enforcement Agency’s Procedural Handbook, Ohio Family Support Association – 2004
  • Most Improved for child support order establishment, State Office of Child Support symposium – 2004
  • Best Practice Award for new child support specialist training, Ohio Family Support Association – 2002
  • Best Practice Award for August Child Support Awareness Month activities and Administrative Lien Program, Ohio Family Support Association – 2001

Legislation

  • Drafted legislation with former state senator Leigh Herington that introduced stiffer penalties for habitual drunk drivers – 2004
  • Drafted provision of law requiring a sentence of life with no possibility of parole for offenders previously convicted of child rape and offenders who cause serious physical harm to a child victim – 2002
  • Successfully encouraged Ohio legislature to remove changes to the crime victim compensation laws that would have been detrimental to victims of violent crime – 1999 - 2000


VOLUNTEER WORK & MEMBERSHIPS                                

  • Vice President, National Association of District Attorneys – 2014-2017
  • Ohio State Director, National District Attorney Association (2013-2014)
  • Co-Chair, American Bar Association, Criminal Justice Section Victims Committe (2013-2014)
  • Executive Committee Member, Ohio Prosecuting Attorneys Association (2011-present)  
  • President, Ohio Prosecuting Attorneys Association (2010)
  • President-Elect, Ohio Prosecuting Attorneys Association (2009)     
  • Vice President, Ohio Prosecuting Attorneys Association (2008)
  • Treasurer, Ohio Prosecuting Attorneys Association (2007)
  • Secretary, Ohio Prosecuting Attorneys Association (2006)
  • Member, Ohio Prosecuting Attorneys Association, Executive Committee,
  • Legislative Committee & Victim/Witness Committee (2001-present)
  • Chair, State Victim Assistance Advisory Board, Attorney General’s Office (2007-2010)
  • Board Member, Ohio Crime Victim Center (non-profit agency to protect rights of crime victims)
  • Member, Akron Bar Association
  • Board Member, Akron Victim Assistance
  • Member, Leadership Akron Justice Day Planning Committee – 2001-present       
  • Member, National District Attorneys Association
  • Member, Ohio Domestic Violence Network
  • Member, Project Safe Neighborhoods Task Force for the Northern District of Ohio
  • Member, Ohio Internet Crimes Against Children Task Force
  • Member, Summit County Child Fatality Board
  • Member, Summit County D.U.I. Task Force
  • Member, Summit County Drug Enforcement Unit
  •  Member, Summit County Multidisciplinary Team, Child Advocacy Center at Akron Children’s Hospital
  • Member, Summit County Domestic Violence Coalition
  • Member, Summit County Police Chief’s Association
  • Resource Attorney, Akron Bar Association, Street Law Committee
  • Volunteer Legal Guardian, Summit County Probate Court, 1991-1999
  • Board member, Greater Akron Area Autism Society
  • Parishioner, St. Mary’s Church