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 Licking County lawyers to be chairpersons of OSBA committees and sections 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.
Kacey S. Chappelear has been appointed to chair the Young Lawyers Section. Chappelear is an assistant prosecutor for the Franklin County Common Pleas Court, where she exclusively handles felony cases. During Chappelear’s tenure as chair of the Columbus Bar Association's New Lawyer Committee from 2009-2012, she created and developed “Street Legal,” a program run through a local community recreation center to advise at-risk youth about their rights and responsibilities as citizens. Chappelear has served on the OSBA’s Task Force for Legal Education as well as its Task Force on Gender Fairness and its Young Lawyers Section Advisory Council. She is also the OSBA's young lawyer delegate to the American Bar Association House of Delegates. In her community, she serves on the Alumnae Board for the Columbus School for Girls and is president of the University of Virginia Club of Central Ohio. Chappelear is a 2002 graduate of the University of Virginia and a 2007 graduate of The Ohio State University Moritz College of Law.
Kristin E. Hildebrant has been reappointed to chair the Education Law Committee. A graduate of The Ohio State University Moritz College of Law, Hildebrant is a supervising attorney at Ohio Legal Rights Service (OLRS). At OLRS, she represents children and parents in special education cases and individuals with disabilities in class-based litigation. She participates on the Ohio Rehabilitation Services Commission’s Brain Injury Advisory Committee and is a member of the Sarah Jane Brain Foundation National Advisory Board, which developed the first national pediatric-acquired brain injury plan. She has worked with Columbus City Schools to implement and maintain a project to identify and serve students with traumatic brain injury. Currently, Hildebrant is a trial attorney in a statewide class action involving Ohio’s implementation of Medicaid’s Early and Periodic Screening, Diagnosis and Treatment (EPSDT) program for children. In her community, she served for seven years as a board member of an independent school and volunteered for Ohio Nature Education, a non-profit organization providing nature education programs to schools and other community organizations. She currently volunteers at Newark Catholic, her son’s high school.
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.