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 John R. Butz, an attorney with the Springfield firm of Cole Acton Harmon and Dunn, LPA, to chair the Criminal Justice Committee. A former president of the Clark County Bar Association, Butz earned both his undergraduate degree and his law degree from The Ohio State University. He has served on the OSBA’s Board of Governors and has co-chaired the OSBA’s Committee on Specialization. He also has served as chair of the Greene County Bar Association’s Grievance Committee. In the community, Butz has served on the Yellow Spring’s Board of Zoning Appeals. He and his wife, Joan, have four children: Janet, Jacquelyn, Joel and Julie.
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.