OSBA president to honor area lawyers in Toledo on September 20

CONTACT: Maggie Ostrowski

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New OSBA Board of Governors Representative Paula Hicks-Hudson to Preside over Annual District 4 Meeting


Columbus, Ohio (September 13, 2017) – The President of the Ohio State Bar Association (OSBA) will visit Toled​o on Wednesday, September 20, 2017, where he will recognize area attorneys for their service to the profession and the community.


Randall M. Comer, 2017-2018 OSBA President, will address the OSBA District 4 Annual Meeting at The Toledo Club (235 14th Street, Toledo, OH 43604). OSBA District 4 includes more than 1,000 attorneys who practice in Lucas, Ottawa, and Sandusky counties. Members to be honored for 50 years in practice and service to the profession* include:


Howard G. Bruss of Toledo

Richard A. Chase of Toledo

Douglas K. Jordan of Toledo

Richard L. Kolb of Toledo

B. Gary McBride of Toledo

James M. Morton of Toledo

James J. Petlow of Toledo

Mervin S. Sharfman of Toledo

James Walter of Toledo

Donald K. Wedding of Toledo


The Ohio State Bar Foundation will also present its Community Service Award for Attorneys 40 and Under to Katherine S. Decker of Ottawa Hills.


The Honorable Paula Hicks-Hudson, the new District 4 representative to the OSBA Board of Governors, will preside over the meeting, which begins at 12:00 p.m., and will include the election of members to the OSBA Council of Delegates, with the terms commencing on July 1, 2018.


President Comer will discuss the future of the legal profession and what attorneys can do to relate to and support their clients amid a time of great technological, cultural and economic change.


Immediately preceding the luncheon meeting and recognition, attorneys may attend an optional 2.5-hour continuing legal education professional conduct seminar from 9:00 a.m. to 11:30 a.m.


For registration details, visit: https://yourosba.ohiobar.org/find-products?q=district4.




*Note – All honorees have been invited, but may not be present at the luncheon.


Please contact Maggie at (614) 487-4425 or mostrowski@ohiobar.org prior to the event for more information regarding individual honorees. 


About Paula Hicks-Hudson, District 4 Representative to the OSBA Board of Governors

Toledo Mayor Paula Hicks-Hudson joined the OSBA Board of Governors on July 1, 2017, having been elected to a three-year term. Mayor Hicks-Hudson earned her undergraduate degree from Spelman College and her law degree from the University of Iowa College of Law. Prior her election as Mayor of Toledo, she served as president of the Toledo City Council, and also worked as an assistant Lucas County prosecutor, an assistant public defender, and assistant state attorney general. She and her husband, Freeman Hudson, have two children: Hope and Freestar and six grandchildren.


About OSBA President Randall Comer

Randall Comer began his term as President of the Ohio State Bar Association on July 1, 2017. A native of Springfield, Ohio, he has been a partner at Martin, Browne, Hull & Harper since 2008, where he specializes in general defense litigation with an emphasis on labor, employment, and workers' compensation matters. Randall earned his bachelor's degree from the College of Charleston and his law degree from the University of Cincinnati College of Law, where he was editor in chief of the UC Law Review. Counting his family as his greatest blessing, Randall enjoys spending time with his wife, Tamara, and three children: Grace, Grant and Matthew.


About the Ohio State Bar Association

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.



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