Ohio State Bar Foundation Announces 2017 Annual Award Winners

July 26, 2017

COLUMBUS, OH (July 26, 2017)— The Ohio State Bar Foundation (OSBF) is pleased to announce it has selected four honorees to be recognized at their Annual Awards Dinner, October 6, 2017 at the Nationwide Hotel and Conference Center in Lewis Center, Ohio.

This event is a gathering of all OSBF Fellows, board members and friends from across the state. Attendees will hear remarks from the Foundation president, Andy C. Storar and learn more of the impact the Foundation has over the past year in furthering their mission to improve public understanding of the rule of law and build a better justice system.

Honorees are listed below followed by award criteria:

2017 Ritter Award Winner: Retired Honorable Evelyn Lundberg Stratton of Columbus with Vorys, Sater, Seymour and Pease LLP.

The Ritter Award is the highest honor awarded by the Foundation. This award is given for a lifetime of service and recognizes the accomplishments of the honoree in attaining and promoting professionalism, integrity and ethics in the practice of law.

2017 Ramey Award for Distinguished Community Service: Stephen F. Tilson of Galion with Hottenroth Garverick Tilson & Garverick Co.

Given to an Ohio attorney whose career has been exemplified by: dedication to the goals and values sought to be furthered by the Foundation; a lifetime of service to the public and to the community; and integrity, honor, courtesy and professionalism. This service must be outside the recipients’ practice of law and must be given without compensation.

2017 Outstanding Program or Organization Award: Sisters In Law, Toledo

Given annually to a program or organization that promotes dissemination of information about, increases access to, and/or generates improvements in, the Ohio justice system.

2017 Statewide Community Service Award for Attorneys 40 & Under: Michael W. Kelley of Columbus with Donald W. Kelley & Associates

Presented to attorneys, 40 years of age or younger, who contribute substantial time and effort in service to a local social service, or a local civic, artistic, or cultural organization. The service must be outside the recipients' practice of law and must be given without compensation.


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