For Immediate Release
SUBJECT: Area residents chair OSBA committees and sections
CONTACT: Kenneth A. Brown 800-282-6556 or 614-487-4426
COLUMBUS (Sept. 2, 2003)—Ohio State Bar Association (OSBA) Keith A. Ashmus has appointed four area lawyers as chairpersons of OSBA committees and sections for 2003 - 2004. 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.
Dianna Bessemer Copp, an Assistant Law Director-Civil Division of the City of Mansfield Law Director’s office, has been appointed to chair the Judicial Administration & Legal Reform Committee. A graduate of Kenyon College, Copp received her law degree from the University of Dayton School of Law in 1985. Copp formerly served as the chair of the Federal Courts and Practice Committee. She is currently a member of the OSBA’s Council of Delegates, a fellow of the Ohio State Bar Foundation, and a member of the Richland County Bar Association. In her community, Copp serves on the Red Cross Board of Richland County. She lives in Mansfield with her husband, Donald.
Steven M. Herron of Vermilion, an attorney for the Ohio Public Defender in Columbus, has been appointed to chair the Lawyer’s Assistance Committee. Herron received his bachelor’s degree from Ohio Wesleyan University and his law degree from Capital Law School in 1992. In the community, Herron is active in his church and coaches a tee-ball team. He and his wife, Jill, have two sons: Andrew, 5, and Samuel, 2.
Gail Ignatz-Hoover, a mediator and program coordinator for the Lorain County Court of Common Pleas’ Office of Dispute Resolution, has been appointed to chair the Dispute Resolution Committee. She received her bachelor’s degree from The Ohio State University and her law degree from Case Western Reserve University’s School of Law in 1981. Ignatz-Hoover is a past president and active member of the Lorain County Bar Association and was a member of Leadership Lorain County, Class of 1996. She has chaired the Lorain County Bar Association’s Alternative Dispute Resolution Committee since 1991. In her community, Ignatz-Hoover has recently served as a project developer and organizer for the Lorain County Post-Suit Mediation Program and an Elyria High School Teen Mentoring Program, and is an active member of Saint Mary’s Church.S he and her husband, Fred, have two children: James and Sarah.
Jeffrey Largent, a partner in the law firm Largent, Berry, Preston & Jamison Co., LPA with offices in Berea and Medina, has been appointed to chair the Solo, Small Firms & General Practice Section. He received his bachelor’s degree from Baldwin-Wallace College and his law degree from Cleveland State University in 1973. Largent currently serves as the Magistrate of Mayor’s Court in two cities: Beachwood and Middleburg Heights. He is the current president of the Southwest Area Bar Association. He is also a member of the Medina County Bar Association where he has been involved in the Civil Procedure & Rules Committee and the Unauthorized Practice of Law Committee. Largent has been profiled in Who’s Who of American Law and Who’s Who of Emerging Leaders in America. In the community, he is a member of the Citizens League of Greater Cleveland, a “super booster” for the Strongsville Athletic Boosters, and a Strongsville Soccer Organization and Y.M.C.A. soccer coach. Largent has two adult children: Elizabeth and Daniel. He and his wife, Jodi, live in Strongsville with their four younger children: Megan, Caitlyn and Kelly, 8, and Molly, 1.
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.