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Akron residents chair OSBA committees

For Immediate Release

SUBJECT: Akron residents chair OSBA committees

CONTACT: Kenneth A. Brown800-282-6556 or 614-487-4426

COLUMBUS (Sept.2, 2003)—Ohio State Bar Association (OSBA) President Keith A. Ashmus has appointed two Summit County residents as chairpersons of OSBA committees 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.

Keven Eiber, an attorney with the Cleveland law firm of Brouse McDowell and a Silver Lake resident, has been appointed to chair the Environmental Law Committee. She received her bachelor’s degree from the University of Illinois and her law degree from American University’s Washington College of Law in 1983. A former chair of the Akron Bar Association’s Environmental Law Committee, she now serves as treasurer and a member of the Board of Trustees for the Federal Bar Association, Northern District of Ohio Chapter. She also chairs Brouse McDowell’s Environmental Law Practice Group. Eiber and her husband have two sons.

Melissa Graham-Hurd, an Akron attorney in private practice, has been re-appointed to chair the Family Law Committee. Graham-Hurd received two bachelor’s degrees, a certificate in peace studies, and her law degree from the University of Akron. She is a member and past chair of the Akron Bar Association’s Family Law Section and a member of the OSBA’s Council of Delegates. She is also a member of the Ohio State Bar Foundation Class of 2003, the Ohio State Bar Association College, and the American Bar Association. In the community, Graham-Hurd serves on the Volunteer Legal Services Panel in Akron and does volunteer legal work for the Battered Women’s Shelter of Summit and Portage County. She is also a member of the Supreme Court of Ohio’s Task Force on Family Law and Children, and she participates in the Summit County Common Pleas Court’s guardian ad litem program. She and her husband, Dan, live in Akron with their furry, four-legged children: three cats, Clem, George and Gracie, and a dog, KC.

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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