Recognizing Excellence in the Profession

2016 Annual Awards Dinner
Statewide Community Service Award for Attorneys 40 & Under: Drew Odum
2018 Annual Awards Dinner
Ritter Award Recipient: Marvin L. Karp
2018 Annual Awards Dinner
Ramey Award for Distinguished Community Service Award Recipient: Melinda G. Seeds

We believe lawyers, judges, community members and organizations who fight to improve the law and build a better justice system deserve to be recognized for their efforts. Our award winners lead their communities in volunteer service both in and outside of the legal profession.

Do you know a civic-minded attorney, committed to serving the community who deserves to be recognized? Tell us how amazing they are - nominations are due by June 1.

Submit your nomination Online 

*This award is not given by the Ohio State Bar Foundation.



Stay tuned for more information on our 2020 virtual awards celebration!

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2019 Award HONOREES

The Ritter Award:
Richard F. Swope, Columbus

Distinguished Community Service Award:
Donald H. Messinger, Cleveland

Outstanding Program or Organization Award:
Ohio Crime Victim Justice Center, Columbus

Statewide Community Service Award for Attorneys 40 & Under: 
James K. Stanely, Pomeroy