CONTACT: Kenneth A. Brown, OSBA, 800-282-6556 or 614-487-4426
Columbus, OHIO (Sept. 26, 2012) – Ohio State Bar Association (OSBA) President Judge Patrick F. Fischer has appointed two Dayton-area lawyers to be chairpersons of OSBA committees 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.
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.
Taylor Jones Jr. has been appointed to chair the Legal Ethics and Professional Conduct Committee. Having received a bachelor’s of science in economics from Earlham College, Jones went on to attend graduate school at the University of Illinois Institute of Industrial/Labor Relations. He earned his law degree from Chase Northern Kentucky State University in 1975. Over the past 20 years, Jones has practiced law in civil litigation, real estate development and complex litigation. He has also served as an arbitrator, mediator, hearing officer and negotiator for numerous public and private sector employers and is currently of counsel with Leppla Associates, Advocates & Counselors at Law. Jones is a member of the arbitration and mediation panel of the Montgomery County Common Pleas Court and previously served as a faculty assistant for the National Judicial College Mediation Training Program in Reno, Nevada. In his community, he previously served as a trustee on the board for Earlham College. He was the founder of Earlham College’s National African American Advisory Board. Jones and his wife, Janis, have one son, Captain Taylor Jones III, U.S. Army Reserves.
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.