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Cheryll Bennett

Adjunct Professor of Law


School of Law


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Cheryll A. Bennett has been an Assistant Federal Public Defender in Dayton, Ohio for eighteen years. A native Jamaican, she holds a B.A. degree in Spanish from the University of Rochester and her J.D. from the University of Dayton. Prior to her current employment, Ms. Bennett spent two years in private practice, where she concentrated on civil litigation and state and federal criminal law. She spent the first three years of her career defending the indigent at the office of the Montgomery County Public Defender.

Ms. Bennett is actively involved in professional and community service organizations. She is a member of the Dayton Bar Association and a Dayton Bar Foundation Fellow. In addition, she is actively involved in reentry initiatives as a member of the Federal District Court’s Reentry team and the Montgomery County Reentry Policy Board. Ms. Bennett currently chairs the MonDay Community Correctional Institution’s Facility Governing Board, and is a member of the Board of Trustees for the Dayton Bar Foundation. She previously served on the Dayton Bar Association’s Board of Trustees; as President of the Summit Pointe Homeowners Association; and as Vice-Chair for Hannah’s Treasure Chest, a local non-profit serving children and families in need. Ms. Bennett teaches at the Criminal Law Clinic.


B.A., University of Rochester, Spanish
J.D., University of Dayton School of Law