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Columbus, Ohio (April 30, 2014) – State Representative Gerald Stebelton of Lancaster today received the inaugural 2014 Ohio State Bar Association (OSBA) Lawyer-Legislator Distinguished Service Award. The OSBA established the award this year to recognize Ohio lawyers who also provide exceptional service as Ohio legislators. Stebelton received the award during the OSBA Annual Convention in Columbus.
Mary Amos Augsburger, OSBA executive director and former legislative counsel, said that the association created this award to honor members of the legislature who have been “true friends of our profession.” She added, “I have had the privilege of knowing Rep. Stebelton, and I’m delighted that the Association has recognized his promotion, preservation and advancement of the administration of justice and the improvement of the law during his service in the Ohio General Assembly.”
“Rep. Stebelton was selected for his consistent help with issues important to the OSBA, and for his leadership on educational issues,” said Todd Book, OSBA legislative counsel. “From the perspective of lawyers working in the arena of motor vehicle accidents, his greatest accomplishment was to double the mandated insurance minimums for Ohio drivers.”
Stebelton is currently serving his fourth term in the Ohio House of Representatives. He represents the 77th House District, which encompasses most of Fairfield County. In addition to his work on insurance mandates for drivers, he also sponsored House Bill 461, the “collaborative divorce law” bill, which was enacted in the 129th General Assembly.
A graduate of Lancaster High School, Stebelton received his bachelor’s degree in aeronautical and astronautical engineering from The Ohio State University and his law degree from Capital University.
In addition to his work in the legislature, Stebelton is the founder of Stebelton, Aranda & Snider in Lancaster. Previous public service positions include two terms on the Lancaster City Council and two terms on the Lancaster Board of Education. Before attending law school, he worked as an engineer for Grumman Aircraft and Rockwell International. While attending law school, he worked as a contracting officer for Battelle Memorial Institute, and subsequently served as an assistant prosecutor for the Franklin County Prosecutor’s Office.
He is a member of the American, Ohio and Fairfield County bar associations, as well as the Lancaster Sherman Rotary Club, the American Association for Justice, and the American Academy of Matrimonial Lawyers. He served as chair of the Lancaster-Fairfield County Chamber of Commerce Board of Directors and has chaired many other Fairfield County community organizations including the Fairfield County United Way and the Lancaster High School Distinguished Alumni Hall of Fame Committee.
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.