Jim Moroney ’71 Honored with Founders’ AwardMarch 15, 2017
On Saturday, May 6, we will honor alumnus Jim Moroney ’71 with the Founders’ Award during Alumni Awards Night for his service and dedication to Saint Ignatius High School.
A soft-spoken and humble man, Jim Moroney ‘71 has devoted his life to service – to his family, Saint Ignatius High School, his parish and in his career as an attorney. Growing up in Fairview Park, his parents were defining influences, with a mother who exemplified kindness and Christian love for others and a father who strongly believed in education and taught for 35 years in Cleveland public schools. It was his father who insisted Jim and his brothers (John ’70 and William ’73) attend Saint Ignatius.
“Saint Ignatius high school gave me that ‘template’ for due process, which was so valuable over my career as an attorney,” reflects Jim. “That idea of justice and fairness for everyone comes from here.”
Wanting to continue with a Jesuit education, he headed to Xavier University for his degree in Political Science. He received a fellowship to the Ohio State University School of Public Administration, graduated with an MPA in 1977 and earned his juris doctorate at Capital University in 1982. Jim’s career in public service began by working in Columbus for the state of Ohio before moving back to Cleveland as a trial attorney for the Internal Revenue Service. He transferred to the U.S. Attorney’s Office as federal prosecutor in 1987 and proudly served as an Assistant U.S. Attorney in the Northern District of Ohio for more than 29 years, retiring in November 2016.
Among his career achievements, in the 1990s Jim successfully co-prosecuted the first U.S. multi-million-dollar corporate fraud case with attorney Jack Sammon ’66. In 2004, he was named Chief of the National Security Unit in the U.S. Attorney’s Office, responsible for terrorism and national security investigations and in 2008 moved to Washington D.C. to work for the Executive Office for U.S. Attorneys as their National Security Coordinator, overseeing the counterterrorism efforts of all 94 U.S. Attorney Offices.
In 2010, he returned to the U.S. Attorney’s Office in Cleveland and was appointed Director of Human Rights with a focus on civil rights cases.
Jim joined the Saint Ignatius Alumni Council in 1987 and served 11 years. As Vice President, he chaired an historic Annual Fund campaign that came very close to hitting the school’s first-ever $1 million milestone. “It was a great time for the school,” Jim recalls. “So much of the community service, the tutoring, the spiritual development were all happening then. ‘Men for Others’ wasn’t a motto at our time, but the roots were there. Now it’s gone way beyond, with the pallbearers’ ministry, feeding the homeless in the Labre ministry and much more.”
Jim received the school’s prestigious Bellarmine award for the legal profession in 2008 and now considers the Founders’ Award another great honor and “a challenge to do whatever I can to support the finest institution of high school education in existence.”
Jim and his wife Susan have three children: Meghan (Will), Molly (Brian) and James III.
For more information about Alumni Awards Night and to register, visit www.ignatius.edu/alumniawardsnight.