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Columbus, OHIO (Sept. 26, 2012) – Ohio State Bar Association (OSBA) President Judge Patrick F. Fischer has appointed 18 Columbus-area lawyers to be chairpersons of OSBA committees and sections for 2012-2013. The OSBA maintains 40 standing committees and 11 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.
Col. Duncan Aukland has been appointed to chair the Military and Veterans’ Affairs Committee. Col. Aukland was born in Delaware, Ohio, but grew up in Arlington, Virginia, and graduated in 1978 from Virginia Tech, where he majored in political science. Following his graduation from Capital University Law School in 1982, he served as a legal intern, staff attorney and consultant for the Ohio Environmental Protection Agency. In 1983, he entered the private practice of law in Columbus, and was commissioned in the Army Judge Advocate General’s Corps a year later. He became the chief legal counsel to the Ohio Adjutant General’s Department in 1990, and is now the longest-serving judge advocate serving on full-time National Guard duty in the country. Col. Aukland serves as a committee chair for the Columbus Bar Association’s Military Legal Assistance Task Force and is a frequent continuing legal education presenter. He has also published several articles and won second prize in the American Bar Association’s Legal Assistance for Military Personnel Essay Contest in 2003.
William C. Becker has been appointed to chair the Paralegals Committee. Becker is presently a principal trial attorney with the Ohio Attorney General’s Office. A faculty trainer for the National Association of Attorneys General, Becker has also taught trial practice at The Ohio State University School of Law and at Capital University Law School’s paralegal program. He is a frequent lecturer on trial practice and evidence. In addition to his public service, Becker has been in private practice for ten years and has represented both plaintiffs and defendants. He received his undergraduate degree from the University of Michigan and his law degree from the University of Dayton.
Troy A. Callicoat has been appointed to chair the Agricultural Law Committee. Callicoat is partner of Barrett, Easterday, Cunningham & Eselgroth, LLP in Dublin, where he specializes in agricultural law, environmental law, civil litigation and transactional law. Callicoat graduated from The Ohio State University in 2000, having majored in both agribusiness and applied economics. He went on to receive his law degree, magna cum laude, from Capital University Law School in 2003. Callicoat is a member of the American Agricultural Law Association, the Franklin County Bar Association and the Columbus Young Professionals Club. He is also a member of the Ohio Agricultural Council.
Kacey S. Chappelear has been appointed to chair the Young Lawyers Section. Chappelear is an assistant prosecutor for the Franklin County Common Pleas Court, where she exclusively handles felony cases. During Chappelear’s tenure as chair of the Columbus Bar Association's New Lawyer Committee from 2009-2012, she created and developed “Street Legal,” a program run through a local community recreation center to advise at-risk youth about their rights and responsibilities as citizens. Chappelear has served on the OSBA’s Task Force for Legal Education as well as its Task Force on Gender Fairness and its Young Lawyers Section Advisory Council. She is also the OSBA's young lawyer delegate to the American Bar Association House of Delegates. In her community, she serves on the Alumnae Board for the Columbus School for Girls and is president of the University of Virginia Club of Central Ohio. Chappelear is a 2002 graduate of the University of Virginia and a 2007 graduate of The Ohio State University Moritz College of Law.
Diane Kappeler DePascale has been appointed to chair the Family Law Committee. Since 1981, she has represented hundreds of clients throughout Ohio in 7 appellate districts and 25 counties, and has been an OSBA-certified specialist in family relations law since 2005. She has held the positions of secretary and vice-chair of the OSBA Family Law Committee, and has chaired the Subcommittee on Legislative Review of Family Law Committees of both the OSBA and the Columbus Bar Association (CBA). DePascale has also presented at numerous seminars for the OSBA, the CBA and the Dayton Bar Association. She graduated from the University of Dayton with a major in political science and a minor in English, and received her law degree from the University of Dayton School of Law.
William H. Dulaney III has been appointed to chair the Construction Law Committee. Dulaney is an attorney and principal with Dulaney Law LLC in Dublin, Ohio. During his 25-year practice, he has represented public and private owners, general contractors, subcontractors and material suppliers in Ohio and Kentucky in the areas of construction, safety and traditional labor matters. Before entering the practice of law, he developed considerable construction background, having worked for 10 years in the construction industry for two major Ohio construction companies in their Midwest, East Coast and Southern markets. Dulaney received his B.S. degree in Construction Management from the University of Cincinnati, his M.B.A. from Xavier University and his J.D. from the University of Dayton. He is admitted to the state and federal courts in Ohio. He is also an active panel member for the American Arbitration Association and the American Bar Association’s Construction Forum.
Prof. Katherine Hunt Federle has been reappointed to chair the Juvenile Law Committee. Federle received her bachelor’s degree from Pomona College in 1980, her law degree, cum laude, from Seattle University in 1983 and her master of laws degree from Georgetown University in 1986. Federle is the director of the Center for Interdisciplinary Law and the immediate past director of the Justice for Children Project at The Ohio State University Moritz College of Law. She also is a professor of law and teaches criminal law, family law, children and the law, adoption law and advanced issues in the law of foster care. Federle is the 1996 recipient of the Felix Frankfurter Distinguished Teaching Award. She serves on the Editorial Advisory Board of the International Journal of Children’s Rights and is a past member of the American Bar Association Litigation Section Children’s Rights Working Group. She is also the faculty advisor for Advocates for Children, a law student organization. In her community, she serves as a member of the Franklin County Juvenile Justice Community Planning Initiative.
Kristin E. Hildebrant has been reappointed to chair the Education Law Committee. A graduate of The Ohio State University Moritz College of Law, Hildebrant is a supervising attorney at Ohio Legal Rights Service (OLRS). At OLRS, she represents children and parents in special education cases and individuals with disabilities in class-based litigation. She participates on the Ohio Rehabilitation Services Commission’s Brain Injury Advisory Committee and is a member of the Sarah Jane Brain Foundation National Advisory Board, which developed the first national pediatric-acquired brain injury plan. She has worked with Columbus City Schools to implement and maintain a project to identify and serve students with traumatic brain injury. Currently, Hildebrant is a trial attorney in a statewide class action involving Ohio’s implementation of Medicaid’s Early and Periodic Screening, Diagnosis and Treatment (EPSDT) program for children. In her community, she served for seven years as a board member of an independent school and volunteered for Ohio Nature Education, a non-profit organization providing nature education programs to schools and other community organizations. She currently volunteers at Newark Catholic, her son’s high school.
Karen S. Hockstad has been reappointed to chair the Corporate Counsel Section. Hockstad earned her bachelor’s degree from the University of Michigan and her law degree, magna cum laude, from the Detroit College of Law at Michigan State University. She also received a master of laws degree in Taxation from Capital University College of Law in Columbus. She currently practices in the areas of general corporate law and commercial and tax litigation at the Columbus office of Dinsmore & Shohl. Hockstad serves her small business clients as an outside general counsel. She provides advice, counsel and representation in all facets of corporate law, including commercial litigation, employment law and employment litigation, tax law and tax controversy work, as well as business organization and succession planning. She has been named an “Ohio Super Lawyer” in general business and employment law, has received an A-V rating by Martindale-Hubbell and was awarded the Columbus Bar Association’s Community Service Award for Lawyers Ages 37 and Over. She is involved in her community as a board member for the Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation of Central Ohio and as a trustee for the Conway Center for Family Business. Hockstad is married to James Bemiller.
Hon. Stephen L. McIntosh has been reappointed to chair the Criminal Justice Committee. Judge McIntosh received his undergraduate degree from South Carolina State University and his law degree from The Ohio State University Moritz College of Law. While in law school, Judge McIntosh served as president of the Black Law Students Association and received the Judge Joseph Harter Trial Advocacy Award. In 1984, Judge McIntosh began his career as an assistant city prosecutor for the Columbus City Attorney’s Office. He also worked as an associate at Crabbe, Brown, Jones, Potts & Schmidt, where he devoted part of his practice to criminal defense. In 1997, he was appointed chief prosecutor, a position he held until he assumed the bench in 2007. He currently serves as a judge of the Franklin County Court of Common Pleas. He also serves on the Supreme Court of Ohio Advisory Committee of Dispute Resolution and the Supreme Court Advisory Committee on Interpreter Services. An active OSBA member, Judge McIntosh is a member of the OSBA’s Legal Ethics and Professional Conduct Committee and has served on the OSBA Council of Delegates for four terms. He is a past president of the Columbus Bar Association’s Board of Governors and is a member of the John Mercer Langston Bar Association. Judge McIntosh was recognized by Columbus Monthly magazine and Who’s Who Among African Americans in Central Ohio. In his community, Judge McIntosh serves on the Alvis House board of trustees and the Gahanna, Ohio YMCA. He also has served on the United Way’s Race Relations and Diversity Vision Council and has been the legal advisor for the Marion Franklin High School Mock Trial team for 13 years. Judge McIntosh and his wife, Sara, have three children.
Richard F. Meyer has been reappointed to chair the Elder and Special Needs Law Committee. Meyer received his bachelor’s degree, cum laude, from Marietta College and his law degree from Capital University. He is a founding partner in the Columbus firm of Browning, Meyer & Ball Co., LPA, where he concentrates in elder law, probate, guardianship, estates, special needs trusts and asset protection planning. An OSBA Board-Certified Specialist in Estate Planning, Trust and Probate, Meyer is frequently asked to speak to organizations about elder law, estate planning and probate-related fields. A Martindale-Hubbell AV-rated attorney who has also been named an “Ohio Super Lawyer,” he is currently a member of the Columbus Bar Association, the Ohio State Bar Association, the Ohio State Bar Foundation, the Ohio Trial Lawyer Association and the American Bar Association’s Practice Management Section.
Al A. Mokhtari has been reappointed to chair the Unauthorized Practice of Law Committee. He is an attorney with the Columbus office of Plunkett Cooney. He received a bachelor’s degree from The Ohio State University in 1996, and obtained a law degree from Case Western Reserve Law School in 1999. Mokhtari has a diverse litigation practice that includes the areas of insurance defense, personal injury, trucking and transportation, commercial litigation, premises liability and real estate law. Mokhtari also serves on the boards of directors for the Brunson Condominium Homeowners Association, the Bethel Commons Condominium Association and the Iranian Cultural Association. In addition, he is an active member of the Columbus Young Professionals organization, and a youth mentor with Big Brothers Big Sisters of America.
Sandra H. Ramos has been reappointed to chair the Natural Resources Law Committee. Ramos is legal counsel to the chief of the Division of Mineral Resources Management, Ohio Department of Natural Resources. In this role she provides legal advice on laws, rules, policy, implementation and enforcement of the coal, industrial minerals, mine safety and abandoned mine lands programs. She also analyzes and negotiates proposed legislation and regulations, coordinates enforcement referrals and oversees all of the Division’s litigation. Ramos has previous private practice experience in oil and gas and environmental issues, and represented both the Ohio Department of Natural Resources and the State Fire Marshal’s Bureau of Underground Storage Tank Regulations for the Ohio Attorney General’s Environmental Enforcement Section for more than 15 years. She received her undergraduate degree, cum laude, from Ohio University and her law degree from Cleveland-Marshall College of Law.
Nicholas M.J. Ray has been appointed to chair the Taxation Law Committee. Ray is of counsel in the Columbus office of Vorys, Sater, Seymour and Pease LLP and a member of the firm’s tax group. His practice focuses on real property tax valuation disputes and appeals. Ray also has significant experience in other aspects of state and local taxation including personal property taxation and sales and use. He has represented clients before more than 60 of Ohio’s 88 county boards of revision and before both the Ohio Department of Taxation and the Supreme Court of Ohio, and has served as lead counsel in scores of Ohio Board of Tax Appeals cases. Ray frequently lectures on state and local tax issues in Ohio and has chaired the OSBA’s Property Tax Sub-committee since 2006. In his role as an adjunct professor of law at Capital University Law School, Ray has taught classes on state and local tax matters as well as tax research, tax and professional responsibility and tax policy. He received his law degree cum laude and his master of law degree in Taxation from Capital University Law School. He is also a certified public accountant.
Anthony Spina has been appointed to chair the Insurance Law Committee. Spina is of counsel in the Columbus office of Vorys, Sater, Seymour and Pease LLP, and is a member of the firm’s corporate and finance practice group. He handles regulatory and transactional matters for all types of insurance companies and entities regulated by the Ohio Department of Insurance, including insurance agencies, multiple employer welfare arrangements (MEWAs), fraternal benefit associations and health insuring corporations. Spina received his J.D. cum laude from Capital University Law School and his B.S. from the University of Akron. He also clerked for the Honorable David W. Fais of the Franklin County, Ohio Court of Common Pleas.
Daniel F. Trevas has been appointed to chair the Media Law Committee. Trevas is a senior communications consultant at Nationwide Mutual Insurance. In addition, he is a solo practitioner who focuses on campaign finance, election law, media law and administrative law. He received his bachelor’s degree (1987) and master’s degree (1999) in journalism from Ohio University. Trevas’s legal interests stem from his work as an Ohio statehouse reporter, a senior legislative research analyst for the city of Columbus and as the communications director for the Ohio Democratic Party. He received his law degree from Capital University Law School in 2006. He currently volunteers with Nationwide’s pro bono mediation services and contributes to OSBA’s “Law You Can Use” series.
Kristin L. Watt has been reappointed to chair the Environmental Law Committee. Watt received her bachelor’s degree cum laude in 1986 and her law degree with honors from The Ohio State University (OSU) in 1989. A partner in the Columbus office of Vorys, Sater, Seymour and Pease LLP, she chairs the firm’s environmental group and has significant experience in work related to landfills and petroleum underground storage tanks. Watt has served as secretary and vice-chair of the Environmental Law Committee, and as the 2006 co-chair of the committee’s annual environmental law seminar. She is also a Columbus Bar Foundation Fellow and is listed in The Best Lawyers in America, Ohio Super Lawyers and in Chambers and Partners’ guide of leading lawyers. Columbus CEO has also identified her as one of the top Columbus lawyers each year since 2010. An active OSU alumna, Watt has served on the OSU Alumni Advisory Council, is a past president of the OSU Varsity O Women’s Alumnae Society, and was a member of the OSU Moritz College of Law National Council from 2000-2010. She has also been a radio color commentator for the OSU women’s basketball team since 1987. In addition to her OSU service, she also served as a trustee for Opera Columbus from 2004–2010.
Jennifer L. Wilson has been appointed to chair the Professionalism Committee. Wilson currently practices in the Columbus office of Freund, Freeze & Arnold, where she is a shareholder. She focuses her practice on personal injury defense, wrongful death defense, medical negligence defense and construction defense. She graduated from the University of Dayton, magna cum laude, double majoring in both criminal justice and psychology, and received her law degree from the University of Dayton School of Law. She is a member of the Columbus Bar Association as well as the OSBA. In her community, she is involved with the Ronald McDonald House Charities of Central Ohio and is a member of the Red Shoe Society.
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