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 Licking County resident Kacey S. Chappelear to chair the Women in the Profession Section. 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.
An attorney with the Franklin County Prosecutor’s Office, Chappelear is currently a member of the office’s Special Victims Unit, which prosecutes sex crimes and crimes of violence against children and intimate partners. A 2002 graduate of the University of Virginia, she earned her law degree in 2007 from The Ohio State University Moritz College of Law. Chappelear is a past chair of the Columbus Bar Association (CBA) Young Lawyers Committee and current chair of its Criminal Law Committee. She also serves on the CBA’s Barrister Leader Planning Committee. An active OSBA member, she is a past chair of the Young Lawyers Section, a member of the OSBA’s Task Force on Gender Fairness, its Task Force on Legal Education and its Task Force on Committees and Sections. She is currently the OSBA Young Lawyer Representative to the American Bar Association House of Delegates. In her community, she referees high school field hockey and volunteers as a teacher for “Street Legal,” a program she created with the CBA to teach at-risk youth about legal rights and responsibilities at local community centers.
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.