Joint statement from OSBA President Ronald Kopp and OWBA President Lisa Kathumbi regarding the Ohio Supreme Court military spouse attorney rule

Tuesday, June 6, 2017
Contact: Maggie Ostrowski (614) 487-4425

COLUMBUS -- Military spouses who are attorneys will find it easier to obtain bar admission and practice while stationed in Ohio under a new rule advocated by the Ohio State Bar Association (OSBA) and the Ohio Women’s Bar Association (OWBA), and recently adopted by the Ohio Supreme Court.

Regarding the rule change, the following can be jointly attributed to OSBA President Ronald Kopp and OWBA President Lisa Kathumbi:

“In no way should the frequent moves and mission reassignments inherent in the career of a soldier, sailor, airman or Marine hinder their spouse’s ability to advance in the legal profession.

“We applaud the Supreme Court for making Ohio even more welcoming to military families and look forward to working collaboratively to ensure military spouse attorneys can connect with the legal community through future mentorship and networking opportunities.”

The Ohio State Bar Association, founded in 1880, is a voluntary association representing approximately 28,000 members of the bench and bar of Ohio. 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.

The mission of the Ohio Women’s Bar Association is to promote the leadership, advancement and interests of women attorneys through professional education, networking, and the exchange of ideas.



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