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OHIO (July 22, 2013) – Delaware County Prosecutor Carol
Hamilton O’Brien provided plenty of hugs and high fives to encourage members of
her gymnastics team during the recent Special Olympics Ohio 2013 State Summer
Games held at The Ohio State University.
has been involved with Special Olympics for ten years, coaching an individual
athlete through the Worthington Special Olympics Gymnastics Team and now as the
head coach of the Delaware County team.
has been such a rewarding experience,” O’Brien said. “I get to step out of my
role as prosecutor to be a mentor and a coach. It’s the best feeling in the
world when an athlete completes her routine. It’s truly inspirational when you
see the joy in her heart and the smile on her face.”
legal career began in 1983 when she starting working at Advocates for Basic
Legal Equality (ABLE) after graduating from the University of Toledo College of
Law. She recalls one of her most rewarding experiences as a lawyer that
happened while at ABLE: “I helped a woman whose husband had kidnapped her
daughter. She hadn't seen her daughter in six years and we finally were able to
secure an order requiring the father to return the child.”
member of the Ohio State Bar Association (OSBA), O’Brien recently became a
Fellow of the Ohio State Bar Foundation.
She has served as a judge for the Ohio Center for Law-Related Education’s High
School Mock Trial competition and as a board member of the Central Ohio YMCA.
She is also involved with the Olentangy Relay for Life and the American Heart
After having spent six
years in the Delaware County prosecutor’s office, including seven months as the
elected prosecutor, O’Brien still finds the work rewarding. “Behind every crime
there is a victim,” she said. “If I can help that person resolve any of the
issues that resulted from the crime, I feel some sense of justice has been
done. I cannot make them whole, but maybe, as a prosecutor, I can help make
their life a little better.”
The OSBA, 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.
Editor’s note: In a video interview conducted during the
Special Olympics Ohio’s Summer Games, O’Brien talked about her experiences as