Deputy Director: Jennifer van Dulmen

Jennifer van Dulmen is Community Legal Aid’s Deputy Director. In this role, she oversees all client services and works to create innovative delivery models that are responsive to client and community needs. She leads the organization’s training committee, serves as liaison to the statewide legal aid Family Law Task Force, and sits on the boards of the Committee on Regional Training (CORT) and the Ohio Training and Advisory Committee (OTAC).

In addition to her role at Legal Aid, Jennifer currently serves on the Akron Bar Association’s Board of Trustees. In the past, she has served in leadership positions at the local, state, and national level. She most recently concluded service on the American Bar Association’s Standing Committee on Pro Bono and Public Service. She has been the president of both the National Association of Pro Bono Professionals (NAPBPro) and the Portage County Bar Association, as well as chairing the pro bono committees of the Trumbull County and Akron Bar Associations. 

Jennifer has received accolades for her professional service at Legal Aid and in the community. She received the 2019 Tonya Neiman Pro Bono Professional of the Year award for her leadership and contributions to the pro bono profession. She accepted the Pro Bono Publico award in 2015 on behalf of NAPBPro for her work in developing and launching NAPBPro’s Pro Bono Virtual Conference. The Portage County Bar Association presented Jennifer with the Norm Sandvoss Memorial Humanitarian Award in 2013 for her leadership and contribution to the community. In 2011, the Akron Bar Association recognized Jennifer with an Award of Special Merit for being the Outstanding Committee Chair on the Pro Bono Committee and Goodwill Industries named her an Employee of Distinction.

Prior to being named Deputy Director at Community Legal Aid, Jennifer served as the managing attorney for the Volunteer Legal Services Program (VLSP), the Family Law Team, and the HelpLine. Before coming to Legal Aid, Jennifer was in private practice and served as a CASA guardian ad litem. She has taught at Kent State University and at high school.

Outside Legal Aid, Jennifer enjoys spending time with her family and friends.

Jennifer earned her juris doctorate from Hamline University School of Law, as well as an M.Ed. and B.S. from the University of Minnesota.