Lima judge named to State Bar Board of Governors

For Immediate Release

SUBJECT: Lima judge named to State Bar Board of Governors

Contact: Kenneth A. Brown - 800-282-6556 or 614-487-4426

Columbus, OH (July 1, 2003) – Judge Sumner E. Walters of Lima has been elected to serve a three-year term as District 16 representative on the Board of Governors of the Ohio State Bar Association (OSBA). District 16 includes 263 attorneys who reside or practice in Allen, Auglaize, Hardin and Mercer counties.

Judge Walters of the 3rd District Court of Appeals was elected to his new post by area lawyers at an OSBA district meeting several months ago. He succeeds retiring District 16 representative Kraig E. Noble, a St. Marys attorney, whose term concluded June 30.

The 21-member Board of Governors meets monthly to manage the association’s business affairs, set policy, review pending legislation and conduct other business on behalf of the 25,000 Ohio lawyers who are OSBA members.

Judge Walters earned both his bachelor’s degree and his law degree from Ohio Northern University. He has served on the OSBA’s Council of Delegates and as president of the Van Wert County Bar Association. He also has served as a member of the Northwest Ohio Bar Association’s Grievance Committee. He is a member of the Allen County Bar Association, the American Bar Association, the executive committee of the Ohio Court of Appeals Judges Association, and is a former member of the Ohio Common Please Judges Association.

Judge Walters has served his community as presiding judge for the Maumee Watershed Conservancy District, board member and secretary for the W.O.R.T.H. center, and United Way campaign chairman. He is also a founding board member of the Fountainview Center and Van Wert County Victims’ Services, Inc., and a member of the Rotary Club.

Judge Walters and his wife, Cheryl, have three children: Cailin, 27; Eliot, 20; and Nick, 19.

The Ohio State Bar Association, founded in 1880, is a voluntary association representing approximately 25,000 members of the bench and bar of Ohio as well as nearly 4,000 legal assistants and law students. Through its activities and the activities of its related organizations, the OSBA serves both its members and the public by promoting the highest standards in the practice of law and the administration of justice.

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