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Ohio Northern law professor chairs OSBA committee

For Immediate Release

SUBJECT: Ohio Northern law professor 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 Howard N. Fenton, a professor of law at Ohio Northern University's Claude W. Pettit College of Law, to chair the International Law Committee. The OSBA maintains 38 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.

Fenton received his bachelor's degree from the University of Texas at Austin and his law degree from the University of Texas School of Law in 1975. He is currently a member of the Supreme Court of Ohio’s Committee to Review Reporting of Opinions and a member of the Board of Advisors for the Corporate Counsel’s International Advisor. He formerly vice-chaired the OSBA’s Administrative Law Committee and was part of an American Bar Association Law School Site Evaluation Team. In recent years, Fenton has been a founding board member and president of the Lima Sister City Corporation and a member of the Board of Directors of the Allen County Backhoof Area Legal Services Association. He currently serves on international trade dispute panels under the North American Free Trade Agreement and consults on law reform matters for the U.S. State Department in Eastern Europe and the former Soviet Union.

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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