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Anna Leigh Gecht conducts business outside the Howard M. Metzenbaum U.S. Courthouse. 

Anna, 27, wanted to become a doctor, but after a small mishap in an organic chemistry class, she turned her attention to becoming an attorney, and is an associate attorney at Hahn Loeser & Parks LLP. She was born and raised in Jewish Cleveland and had Jewish values instilled in her at an early age. Now, she and her husband are creating their Jewish home in Cleveland. 

What are your hobbies?

I enjoy cooking and I balance my love for food with my passion for fitness. I am the starting catcher on Hahn Loeser’s softball team (not an offensive juggernaut, but a solid defender). And as a Broadway musical enthusiast, I am anxiously awaiting my shot to meet the newest lawyer in town. I also coach Cleveland-Marshall’s Moot Court team.

If you were the mayor of Cleveland, what would be your highest priority?

My focus would be to improve access to and quality of education, including access to quality preschool education. 

What nonprofit organizations do you affiliate with beyond donating?

I volunteer as an intake specialist at the Legal Aid Society of Cleveland’s advice clinics. I also recently completed the Anti-Defamation League’s Glass Young Leadership Institute and I serve as a mentor in the Cleveland-Marshall Law Alumni Association mentor program.

Do you have an Israel experience?

I had my heart set on climbing the snake path to the top of Masada. I missed the sunrise climb, but was nonetheless determined to cross this adventure off my bucket list, even if it meant climbing under the immense summer heat. When I finally arrived at the top of the fortress, I was overwhelmed by the breathtaking scenery and its history.

Who are your mentors?

I rely on my husband, parents, grandfather, great-aunt and my in-laws for life and career advice. They are my sounding board. Judge Michael P. Donnelly has also been an invaluable resource and friend. He mentored me during my first year of practice and has shared with me practical advice about lawyering and trial advocacy.

What one Jewish experience of yours stands out over others?

In November I married my best friend. Right before the wedding procession, we held a beautiful Havdalah service with our immediate family and two lifelong friends. After saying goodbye to Shabbat, we signed our ketubah. Of all the wonderful Jewish traditions included in our special day, that moment was perhaps the most memorable.

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