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Jackson receives state bar foundation’s highest honor

CONTACT:  Kate Clements 800-282-6556 or 614-487-4450

Columbus, OH (Nov. 14, 2013)—Reginald S. Jackson received the Ritter Award at the Ohio State Bar Foundation’s Annual Meeting and Awards Dinner on November 8 in Columbus.

A co-founder of Connelly, Jackson, and Collier LLP in Toledo, Jackson has practiced law for more than 40 years. During this time, he has served as president of the Ohio State Bar Association, the Ohio State Bar Foundation, the Toledo Bar Association and the Toledo Junior Bar Association. He has also mentored young lawyers through the Supreme Court of Ohio’s Lawyer to Lawyer program, taught as an adjunct professor at the University of Toledo College of Law, and served on the boards of LAWPAC and the Ohio Lawyers Assistance Program. 

He has also served his community through  leadership roles in the Boys and Girls Clubs of Toledo, Toledo’s Rotary Club and its Foundation and the Maumee Ohio Civil Service Commission, as well as for Legal Aid of Western Ohio and Advocates for Basic Legal Equality (LAWO and ABLE).

Writing in support of Jackson’s Ritter Award nomination, fellow lawyer Janine Avila states, “Reg is so much more than his professional accomplishments. What is striking about him is his genuine love of people. He goes the extra mile for others and does so with humility.”

According to Jackson, going the extra mile is a lesson he learned from his grandmother. She taught him to carry a dust rag with him when walking through a room. “Leave it a little better than you found it,” she said. “We’re not here long, so make a difference.”

Having already received the Ohio State Bar Association’s Ohio Bar Medal, Toledo’s Order of the Heel, University of Toledo’s Distinguished Toledo Lawyer Award, and the Ohio State Bar Foundation’s Distinguished Life Fellow designation, Jackson’s receipt of this year’s Ritter Award is testament to the many ways in which he has “made a difference” throughout his career.

About the Award 
The Ritter Award is the highest honor bestowed by the Foundation and is given annually to recognize a lifetime of outstanding service to the legal profession. The award recognizes the accomplishments of the honoree in attaining and promoting the highest level of professionalism, integrity and ethics in the practice of law while assisting other attorneys, the courts and the public to envision and cause changes that improve the justice system in Ohio.
 
About the Ohio State Bar Foundation
The Ohio State Bar Foundation is a 501(c) (3) public charity that works to advance the law and build a better justice system. Through our grants and programs, we educate and perform outreach to the public to make the law fair for all Ohioans. For more information about the Ohio State Bar Foundation, please visit www.osbf.net.

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