For Immediate Release
SUBJECT: Area lawyer chairs OSBA committee
CONTACT: Kenneth A. Brown 800-282-6556 or 614-487-4426
COLUMBUS (Sept. 2, 2003)—Ohio State Bar Association (OSBA) President Keith A. Ashmus has appointed Jodie L. Stearns, a partner in the Bowling Green law firm of Stearns & Hammer to chair the Agricultural Law Committee. She received both her bachelor’s and her law degree from the Ohio State University. A past president of the Wood County Bar Association, Stearns currently serves on the Governor’s Work Force Policy Board, as Domestic Violence Prosecutor for the City of Bowling Green, and as a board member and officer of the National Council of Agricultural Employers. She is also a member of the Ohio Academy of Trial Lawyers and the American Agricultural Law Association. In the community, she is a board member for the Wood County Unit of the American Cancer Society, is the Central Committee Chair of the Wood County Republican Party, and is a member of the Farm Bureau. She and her husband, Tom, have twin sons, Jack and T.J.
The OSBA maintains 39 standing committees and 10 sections, each of which monitors a particular area of law. Committees and sections work to improve the justice system by keeping Ohio lawyers informed about the latest court decisions and regulatory changes. In addition, they comment on bills before the Ohio General Assembly and draft their own legislative proposals to improve existing laws.
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.