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.



The 2021 virtual awards celebration is Friday, October 1. Click Here for more information and to register to attend.

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2021 Award Honorees

The Ritter Award
John S. Stith, Cincinnati

Ramey for Distinguished Community Service Award
Sanford E. Watson, Cleveland

Outstanding Program or Organization
Diversity Center of Northeast Ohio  

The John and Ginny Elam Award
Duriya Dhinojwal, Akron