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) President Keith A. Ashmus has appointed three area residents to chair OSBA committees or sections. 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.
Jeffrey J. Fanger, the principal of Fanger Law Office in Cleveland and a Chesterland resident, has been appointed to chair the Unauthorized Practice of Law Committee. He received his bachelor’s degree from George Washington University and his law degree from The Ohio State University’s Moritz College of Law in 1991. He serves the Geauga County Bar Association as a member of the executive committee, a member of the Unauthorized Practice of Law Committee, and chair of the Medical-Legal Relations Committee. In the community, he serves on the corporate council for the Euclid Hunger Center, is active in the Geauga Lyric Theater, and chairs Geauga County’s Octoberfest celebration. He and his wife, Sarah, have one child, Elizabeth.
Chardon resident Dennis M. Pilawa, a member of the Cleveland law firm of Ritzler, Coughlin & Swansinger, LTD, has been appointed to chair the Litigation Section. Pilawa earned his bachelor’s degree from Miami University and his law degree from Case Western Reserve University in 1978. He is a member of the International Association of Defense Counsel and the Defense Research Institute. He is also a member of the OSBA’s Jury Instruction Committee and previously served as vice-chair of the Cleveland Bar Association’s Grievance Committee. In the community, Pilawa chairs the Munson Township Board of Zoning Appeals, serves on the Notre Dame Elementary School Advisory Committee, and is a member of the Chesterland Rotary Club. He is vice president of the Munson Baseball Commission and coaches baseball and basketball for the Catholic Youth Organization. Pilawa has five children: Joe, 24; Tori, 21; Kayley, 15; Douglas, 13; and Jacob, 5.
Mentor resident Barbara Friedman Yaksic, of counsel with the Cleveland law office of McGlinchey Stafford, PLLC, has been appointed to chair the Women in the Profession Section. A graduate of Indiana University, she received her law degree from The Ohio State University’s Moritz College of Law in 1981. Yaksic is a member of the OSBA’s Council of Delegates. She is an active member of the Cleveland Bar Association (CBA), currently acting as chair of the Judicial Selection Committee.In recent years, she has served the CBA as a member of the Board of Trustees, as a member of the Executive Committee, and as chair of the Justice for All Committee. Yaksic also is a member of the American Bar Association, the Federal Bar Association, and the Ohio Women’s Bar Association. In the community, she serves on the Board of Trustees of the Cleveland Area Chapter of the Alzheimer’s Association and on the executive committee of the William K. Thomas Inn of Court. Yaksic was named Cleveland Bar Association Volunteer of the Month in May 1999. She and her husband, Michael, have two children: David, 16, and Sarah, 14.
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.