CONTACT: Kenneth A. Brown, OSBA, 800-282-6556 or 614-487-4426
Columbus, OHIO (Sept. 16, 2013) – Ohio State Bar Association (OSBA) President Jonathan Hollingsworth has appointed two Dayton-area lawyers to be chairpersons of OSBA committees for 2013-2014. The OSBA maintains 31 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.
Mark Bamberger has been appointed to chair the Animal Law Committee. A general, sole practice attorney with offices in Tipp City, West Chester, Enon and Spring Valley, his areas of concentration include environmental law, policy and economics, and geology. He earned his undergraduate degree in geology from Miami University, his master’s degree from Wichita State University (geology), his doctoral degree in environmental science and policy, and his law degree from Capital University School of Law. Before opening his law practice, he founded Timber Wolf Consulting in Springboro and served as a private consultant in the areas of hydrology, hydrogeology, hazardous waste site investigation and remedial design, and as a regulatory liaison. He also taught at Capital University and Miami University as an adjunct professor. He is a member of the Tipp City Chamber of Commerce, and serves as general counsel for Bonnie’s Animal Rescue and Kennels and for Citizens for Animal Rights and Ethical Standards. He also serves on the board of directors for The River Institute, Center for Applied River Science. He is an active member of the Dayton and Cleveland Metropolitan bar associations, having served in leadership roles for a variety of bar association committees. An avid motorcyclist, he also belongs to the Ohio chapter of the Blue Knights Law Enforcement Motorcycle Club and is a former chapter president of the Buckeye (Motorcycle) Rider’s Riding Club of Southwestern Ohio.
Diane Kappeler DePascale has been reappointed 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.
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.