Ohio State Bar Foundation Inducts 32 New Members

June 14, 2018

The Ohio State Bar Foundation (OSBF)

Inducts New Members Into Fellows Program

OSBF Welcomes 32 Attorneys to Its Efforts To Advance the Law and Build a Better Justice System

COLUMBUS, Ohio, June 14, 2018 – The Ohio State Bar Foundation (“OSBF”) announced today that 32 attorneys have been inducted into the Foundation. The ceremony took place on June 12 at the Thomas J. Moyer Ohio Judicial Center. Supreme Court of Ohio Chief Justice Maureen O'Connor and OSBF President Carol Marx presided over the ceremony and reception honoring the inductees. 

The OSBF is the philanthropic arm of the Ohio State Bar Association (OSBA) and promotes the pursuit of justice and the public understanding of the rule of law. By extending membership to lawyers and judges who are committed to these ideals, OSBF enlists their talents to further its mission. A new class of civic-minded lawyers is inducted annually. Fellows volunteer their time to organizations across the state that impact their communities.

Lawyers may be nominated by a peer or may self-nominate for the program. A committee reviews each candidate before he or she is asked to commit his or her time to outreach programs and to pledge financial support to fuel the OSBF’s statewide grantmaking program.

Here in alphabetical order are this year’s inductees:

Lauren E. Bartlett, of Ada, is the director of legal clinics and an assistant professor of law at the Ohio Northern University Claude W. Pettit College of Law. She is an alumnus of American University Washington College of Law. Bartlett was named an OSBF Community Service Award winner for Attorneys 40 & Under in 2017. She handles pro bono cases for survivors of domestic violence, volunteers with Habitat for Humanity and co-founded the Louisiana Justice Institute while in law school.

Hannah L. Botkin-Doty, of Columbus, is an attorney at Artz, Dewhirst and Wheeler, LLP. She serves on the Board of the Women Lawyers of Franklin County and is the current Chair of the Diversity Committee. She practices LGBT law and recently became an adjunct professor at Capital University. She’s an alumnus of Capital University Law School and recently was awarded its G.O.L.D. award (Graduate of the Last Decade).

Judge W. David Branstool, of Newark, was elected to the Licking County Court of Common Pleas in 2010 after serving as a Judge in Licking County’s Municipal Court from 2003 to 2010. During his tenure at the Municipal Court, Judge Branstool started Licking County’s first specialized court docket known as the LIFT Program (“Licking County Intervention for Treatment”) to better supervise offenders dealing with mental health issues. Branstool received the Special Community Contribution Award from the Community Mental Health and Recovery Board of Licking and Knox Counties for his contribution to the LIFT Program. He’s also received the Licking County Wellness and Recovery Champion Award.

Judge Kimberly J. Brown, of Columbus, was elected to the Franklin County Common Pleas court in 2012. An alumnus of Capital University Law School, she served eight years in the U.S. Naval Reserve and received a Navy commendation for her service. She was named an Ohio Rising Star in 2005, 2006 and 2007 by the Ohio Super Lawyers Rising Stars and voted one of Columbus’s Top Lawyers in Columbus Business First’s 2005 Verdict. She’s also a Fellow of the Litigation Counsel of America and a board member of LifeCare Alliance.

John M. Buchenic, of Hubbard, is an alumnus of the Ohio Northern University College of Law and founded his own practice. He’s the founder of Global Development Solutions, through which he created a program using solar ovens to promote cross-cultural educational relationships centered around STEM learning. The organization operates three international grant programs with grantees in Kenya, Haiti and Pakistan.

John E. Codrea, of Peninsula, practices as an attorney at Manley Deas Kochalski in Cleveland. He’s a retired colonel in the U.S. Marine Corps Reserve and a former member and president of the board of trustees for Western Reserve Legal Services. Codrea is a member of the Akron Bar and a member of the Ohio State Bar Association.

Michael L. Corey, of Columbus, is the Executive Director of the Human Service Chamber of Franklin County. He graduated from Ohio State’s Moritz College of Law in 2012 as Executive Editor of the Ohio State Law Journal. He serves as a board member with the Columbus Chapter of the American Constitution Society. Corey is also a board member of the Franklin County Young Democrats. He is a member of the Ohio State Bar Association where he serves on the Advisory Council on Diversity Initiatives, and is a member of the Columbus Bar Association, where he serves as Chair of the Publications and Editorial Committee.

Brandon D. Cox, of Cleveland, is a graduate of Georgetown University and Cleveland-Marshall College of Law. Cox is counsel at Tucker Ellis. Recognized on the list of 40 Under 40 - Nation's Best Advocates by the National Bar Association in 2017, Cox also received the Outstanding Alumni Spotlight Award by the Black Law Students Association (BLSA) last year. He serves as First Vice President with the Norman Minor Bar Association. Cox actively supports minority law students at his alma mater as the coach of the Cleveland-Marshall Moot Court Team, winner of the 2017 Fredrick Douglas Moot Court Competition. Cox was also awarded the OSBF’s District 12 Community Service Award for Attorneys 40 & Under this Spring.

Lisa Carey Dean, of Akron, is a partner at Roderick Linton Belfance. Dean served as a hands-on volunteer for the Street Law Program of the Akron Bar Association. She has been a member of various committees for the Summit County Domestic Relations Court and has been a court-selected presenter to Leadership Akron, Justice Day Mock Trial, a presenter to the Volunteer Legal Services Program, and served on the Board of Directors of the Victim's Assistance Program of Akron.

Katherine (Kate) S. Decker, of Toledo, is an associate at Shumaker, Loop & Kendrick. Decker is Co-Chair of Leadership Shumaker Toledo, the firm’s philanthropic group. She also leads the Toledo arm of its Women’s Leadership Initiative (“WLI”) affinity group. Decker has served as a mentor through the Ohio Women’s Bar Association Mentoring Circles program since 2014. She is a member of the Ohio State, Ohio Women’s, and Toledo Bar Associations. She was selected for membership in The National Trial Lawyers 40 Under 40 and received the Ohio Association for Justice “Distinguished Service Award” in 2012.

Judge Glenn H. Derryberry, of Lima, has served as Judge of the Allen County Probate and Juvenile Court in Lima, Ohio since 2007. Prior to that, he was chief magistrate at the Allen County Juvenile Court. He’s a member of the Allen County Bar Association, the Ohio State Bar Association and the American Bar Association. He’s a member of the Ohio Supreme Court Advisory Committee on Children, Families and the Court.

Hamilton (Hal) DeSaussure, Jr., of Hudson, is an attorney at Day Ketterer. An alumnus of Wake Forest University Law School, he’s a member of the Ohio State Bar Association, the Akron Bar Foundation Board of Governors, and an Akron Bar Foundation Fellow. DeSaussure served on the board of directors for the Akron Law Library Association - Board of Directors. He was named an Ohio Super Lawyer for Business Litigation in 2017 and 2018.

Jeffrey L. Evans, of Richwood, is a founding partner of Evans, Evans & Hoffman. He graduated from Ohio Northern University. He is an Acting Judge with the Marysville Municipal Court in Union County. Evans is a member of the American and Ohio Bar Associations.

Tani L. Eyer, of Bucyrus, is an attorney with Sears, Pry, Griebling & McBride. Eyer graduated from the Claude Pettit College of Law at Ohio Northern University. She’s a member of the Crawford County Bar Association, serving as vice president. She also serves on the board of Together We Hurt/Together We Heal and Crawford Works. She previously served as a mentor for the Crawford County Municipal Court’s Diversion/Redemption Program.

Kenneth (Ken) R. Goldberg, of Dublin, is a partner with Strip Hoppers Leithart. He earned his law degree from Capital University Law School. A member of the Columbus and Ohio State Bar Associations, Goldberg is active in the Columbus Bar Association's Family Relations Law, Business Tax and Common Pleas Committees. Since 2005, Goldberg has been an Ohio State Bar Association Certified Family Relations Law Specialist.

Larry S. Hayman, of Columbus, is a Pre-Law Advisor and Specialist at Ohio University’s Center for Law, Justice & Culture and the Director of the Summer Law & Trial Institute. He’s a member of the American Bar Association and the Athens County Bar Association. He was the co-chair of the LGBT committee for the Columbus Bar Association from 2013-2015. Hayman was awarded the Community Service Award for Attorneys 40 and Under, District 17 in 2016-2017.

Corinne Hoover Six, of Akron, is the lead attorney of Hoover Kacyon, LLC’s Family Law Practice Group and is a Certified Specialist in Family Law. She’s been recognized as a National Trial Lawyers Top 100 and Top 40 under 40 and from the American Institute of Family Law Attorneys 10 Best, and from the National Academy of Family Law Attorneys Top 10. She’s an active member of the Akron Bar Association and as a member of the Family Law Section, a Foundation Fellow and on the Board of Directors of the Akron Bar Foundation, the charitable wing of the Akron Bar Association.

Brian J. Laliberte, of Columbus, is counsel with Tucker Ellis. He was named to Ohio Super Lawyers in 2015, 2016, 2017 and 2018. Laliberte was named an Ohio Top 40 Under 40 by The National Trial Lawyers in 2012 and 2013, and Ohio Super Lawyers Rising Star in 2006, 2007, 2011, 2012 and 2013. He was also selected by Columbus Business First as a 40 Under 40 recipient.

Luther L. Liggett, Jr., of Columbus, is an attorney with Graff & McGovern. He’s an alumnus of The George Washington University. Liggett was named a Super Lawyer by Ohio Super Lawyers in 2004-2007.

Marley C. Nelson, of Powell, is an assistant public defender in Franklin County with the Appeals and Post-Convictions Division. She’s a participant in the Supreme Court of Ohio Lawyer to Lawyer Mentoring Program. She practiced law in Illinois and Texas before moving to Ohio. She’s the assistant coach of the Ohio State University Undergraduate Mock Trial Team. Nelson is a member of the Ohio State Bar Association’s Leadership Academy.   She is a member of the Columbus Bar Association, and was nominated as Young Laywer of the Year by the Illinois State Bar Association.

Judge Michael J. Newman, of Dayton, is a U.S. Magistrate Judge for the U.S. District Court in the Southern District of Ohio. He recently finished a year as president of the Federal Bar Association. He has served as statewide chair of the Ohio State Bar Association’s Federal Courts & Practice Committee, on the Cincinnati Bar Association’s Board of Trustees, and chaired the Dayton Bar Association’s Federal Practice Committee. In 2010, he was honored to receive the Boots Fisher Public Service Award, given annually to one lawyer in the United States for “exemplary community, public and charitable service.” He has been recognized by the Black Lawyers Association of Cincinnati (BLAC) and sits on the statewide board of directors for the Law & Leadership Institute (LLI).

Judge Colleen M. O’Toole, of Warren, is a judge for 11th District Court of appeals. She’s a member of the National Association of Judicial Interpreters and Translators, the Ohio Judicial Conference, the Cleveland Bar Association, as well as the Lake, Geauga, Portage, Ashtabula and Trumbull County Bar Associations. O’Toole is also a board member for the NAACP executive committee in Lake County.

Ashley L. Oliker, of New Albany, is a business litigation member of Frost Todd Brown. Oliker was included in Ohio Super Lawyers Rising Stars 2018 and was recognized in the 2017 edition of “People to Know in Law” by Columbus Business First. She has served on the Board of the Women Lawyers of Franklin County and was its President in 2016. She is a member of the Ohio Women's Bar Association and is a member of the Ohio State Bar Association’s Litigation Section. She has served on the Columbus Bar Association's Board of Governors. Oliker received the Ohio State Bar Foundation's 40 and Under Service Award in 2015.

Beryl Brown Piccolantonio, of Gahanna, is chief ombudsman for the Ohio Workers Compensation Ombudsperson System. She was elected to the Gahanna Jefferson Board of Education in 2015 and serves as president. She regularly volunteers with the Ohio Center for Law-Related Education and serves as a poll worker and precinct election official on Election Day. She has also served with Eastland Fairfield Board of Education, the Gahanna Civil Service Commission, Kids Voting of Central Ohio advisory board, and the New Leaders Council advisory board.

Allison Taller Reich, of Cleveland, is an associate at Frantz Ward. She’s a recipient of the Ohio State Bar Foundation Community Service Award for Attorneys 40 and Under for District 12 and has been recognized as “One to Watch” by Cleveland Magazine’s Community Leader. Reich is a member of the Ohio State Bar Association, the American Bar Association, the Cleveland Metropolitan Bar Association and volunteers with the Legal Aid Society of Cleveland.

Merry (Meg) M. Saunders, of Athens, is the First Assistant Prosecutor with the Athens County Prosecutor’s Office. A graduate of the University of Miami & Western Michigan University Thomas M. Cooley School of Law, Saunders devotes time to assisting individuals formerly addicted to drugs. She participates in opiate task force meetings to help combat the drug epidemic in Athens County.

Sheena A. Sjostrand-Post, of Newark, is a partner at Hayes Law Offices and an Adjunct Professor for Jetter School of Business at Mount Vernon Nazarene University. She’s an alumnus of Capital University Law School. She is secretary of the Licking County Bar Association and is a Licking County Mock Trial Judge. She’s a member of the Ohio State Bar Association and the American Bar Association.

Judge David N. Stansbury, of Newark, has served on the Licking County Municipal Court since 2010. He is the immediate past President and Administrative Judge of the court. Stansbury is a member of the Ohio State Bar Association and Licking County Bar Association. He currently serves on the LCBA Municipal Court Criminal Law Committee and as the Chair of the Municipal Court Civil Law Committee. Stansbury belongs to the Ohio Judicial Conference. He also belongs to the Association of Municipal and County Court Judges of Ohio. Stansbury has presided over the court’s drug court program, called LIFT court, since taking the bench. He is a member of the National Association of Drug Court Professionals.

Elizabeth (Beth) E.W. Weinewuth, of Cincinnati, is a partner with Vorys Legal Counsel. She is a member of the American Bar Association, the Ohio State Bar Association and the Cincinnati Bar Association. Weinewuth is also an appointed member of the Ohio State Bar Association’s Estate Planning, Trust & Probate Section Council. She has been named an Ohio Super Lawyers Rising Star in Estate and Trust Litigation, the only Ohio attorney in this class, each year since 2014.

Joseph E. Wenger IV, of Columbus, is a staff attorney for Judge Julia L. Dorrian in the Tenth District Court of Appeals. He graduated from the Ohio State University Moritz College of Law. He currently chairs the board of Equality Ohio and is a board member of the Equality Ohio Education Fund. He’s a member of the American Constitution Society.

Erica H. Young, of Columbus, is an Assistant Public Defender for the Office of the Ohio Public Defender’s office. She is an alumnus of Capital University Law School. Her memberships past and present include Women Lawyers of Franklin County, American Bar Association, Ohio State Bar Association, Columbus Bar Association, Legal Aid Society of Columbus and the Ohio Association for Justice.


About the Ohio State Bar Foundation

The Ohio State Bar Foundation is a 501(c)(3) grantmaking organization that works to advance the law and build a better justice system. We believe our democracy works better when people understand the law and have fair and equal access to justice. For more information about the Ohio State Bar Foundation, please visit https://osbf.org.

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