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David Hopkins walks with his wife, Erin Hopkins. 

David, 28, a litigation associate at Hahn Loeser & Parks LLP, incorporates Judaism into every facet of his life. The values instilled in him from a young age, especially how Judaism shapes the world, guides the Congregation Shaarey Tikvah congregant’s decisions and actions, whether personal or professional.

Outside of the courtroom, David volunteers at the Legal Aid Society of Cleveland’s Brief Advice Legal Clinics. He’s a member of both the Ohio State Bar Association and the Federal Bar Association.

Showing commitment to helping others and to his community, David can often be found doing pro bono work for clients facing foreclosure actions. This started in college, where he represented low-income defendants through the process of unemployment insurance claims. But it isn’t all work for David – he has also mentored other young professionals and law students in Cleveland, offering them career guidance and advice and how to get through law school.

Even with such a busy schedule, David finds time to give back to the Jewish community. He has been involved with the Kristallnacht memorial services through the Face to Face Holocaust education program at his synagogue, and is also an active supporter of the Jewish Federation of Cleveland.

What are your hobbies?

Rock climbing, reading and creative writing.

What one Jewish experience of yours that stands out over others?

I remember sitting on the floor of my synagogue and reflecting on the meaning of Tisha b’Av. It’s often easy to celebrate the festive and fun holidays. But learning how to be meaningfully mournful is a lesson that only comes through observances such as those that take place on Tisha b’Av.

What nonprofit organizations do you affiliate with beyond donating?

Legal Aid Society of Cleveland.

What role does Judaism play in your everyday life?

Judaism shapes the way I view the world and my place in it. It provides a center, a refuge to come back to in hard times. I always try to think about how my actions reflect the life I am trying to live as a faithful Jew.

What was your first reaction when you learned you were selected as a 12 Under 36 honoree?

I felt shocked. I had no idea I would be selected and I felt incredibly honored.

What did you want to be when you grew up?

I wanted to be a physician.


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Shoshana, 35, wanted to be a foreign diplomat or a doctor. But as the co-founder of Israel Medical Fund, the Congregation Alexander congregant…

Justin, 35, who works in business development at Federal Equipment Co. lists philanthropy as one of his main hobbies. A member of B’nai Jeshur…

Ethan, 32, is CEO and president at MAGNET: The Manufacturing Advocacy and Growth Network, and loves spending time with his three daughters. Ot…

Kristin, 26, is a member of Temple Israel. Finding her niche as a law clerk at the Medina County Prosecutor’s Office, the Akron resident does …

Ari, 24, grew up wanting to play point guard for the New York Knicks. Though today he’s managing partner at the Green Block Group, Ari uses hi…

Gabrielle, 31, is associate counsel in the office of general counsel at Case Western Reserve University. Growing up in Cleveland and later lea…

Alina, 27, is a member of Jewish Family Experience and Anshe Chesed Fairmount Temple. Professionally, she’s the national industrial engineer f…

Rebecca, 27, is social media manager of Hillel International. A resident of Cleveland Heights, The Temple-Tifereth Israel member said her pare…

Jeremy, 35, grew up wanting to be a mathematician, a classical pianist and a rabbi. Though he’s an attorney at Spangenberg, Shibley & Libe…

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