Taft Columbus partner-in-charge Janica Pierce Tucker is the 2021 recipient of the Ohio Access to Justice Foundation Presidential Award. The Presidential Award for Pro Bono Service recognizes outstanding leadership in the delivery of pro bono legal services.
In its May 2021 newsletter, the Ohio Access to Justice Foundation wrote "Throughout her impressive career, Janica has demonstrated a sustained commitment to access to justice. Prior to joining the Legal Aid Society of Columbus' (LASC) Board of Directors in 2013, Janica ran a volunteer legal clinic at the First Church of God in East Columbus. There she scheduled monthly legal clinics, recruited lawyers, and secured intake volunteers, all while building a thriving career at Taft. Now, as LASC’s Board Chair, Janica plays a crucial role in the success and impact of the program by advocating for civil legal aid and speaking publicly in support of pro bono, especially during the pandemic."
In addition to her pro bono work, Janica's practice focuses on representing clients in all aspects of employment and labor law. She advises employers regarding legal planning and policy analysis and formulation, including preparation of employee handbooks and represents colleges and universities regarding labor and employment matters, public records, and tenure decisions. Additionally, she represents employers in defense against a broad range of employment claims including sexual harassment, discrimination, retaliation, and wrongful discharge matters. As a litigator, Janica is also active in other aspects of civil trial, appellate litigation, and commercial litigation as part of her practice. She is also Title IX certified; providing Title IX training, conducts investigations that include Title IX, Clery, and VAWA.