Ohio State Bar Association certifies paralegals



CONTACT:  Maggie Ostrowski 
​​​(614) 487-4425

COLUMBUS -- (July 9, 2018) The Ohio State Bar Association (OSBA) today announced that 12 paralegal professionals have met the requirements to earn "OSBA Certified Paralegal" designation,  joining the 231 current OSBA Certified Paralegals across Ohio. (Please see list below).


"We congratulate the latest group of Ohio paralegals to achieve their certifications," said OSBA 2018-19 President Robin Weaver. "Paralegals are critical to the success of our justice system and this program is incredibly helpful for attorneys and law firms seeking highly qualified professionals to join their practice."


By definition, a paralegal is a person, qualified by education, training or work experience, who is employed or retained by a lawyer, law office, corporation, governmental agency or other entity and who performs substantive legal work for which a lawyer is responsible. To be eligible for the OSBA paralegal certification program, an applicant must meet specified requirements related to education/experience, continuing legal education, and references, and then must pass a written exam. For a detailed description of OSBA paralegal certification requirements, please visit the OSBA website.


OSBA Certified Paralegals are certified for four years, and must meet reporting obligations to maintain certification. At the end of the certification period, a paralegal may be recertified if the continuing legal education and reference requirements continue to be met.


About the Ohio State Bar Association 

The Ohio State Bar Association, founded in 1880, is a voluntary association representing approximately 26,000 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.

2018 OSBA Certified Paralegals

(Home zip codes provided unless otherwise indicated; city names indicate firm locations)


Mary F. Collins/The Cincinnati Insurance Co. - 45067


Emilie E. Forman/Ohio State Bar Association - 43215

Leah R. Beswick/Saia and Piatt, Inc. - 43206

Samantha L. Holton/Manley Deas Kochalski LLC – 43212

Amanda Oyer/Law Office of Gary L. Grubler – 43009



Julie Carr/MIM Software Inc. – 44077



Julie McNabb/Tracy & Tracy - 45005



Rebekah E. Shalashnow/Wegman Hessler & Vanderburg – 44124



Candace Polcar/Ziccarelli & Martello - 44060


Laura L. Dierks/Semro Henry & Barga LTD – 43551

Laural Seewer/Malone Ault & Farell - 43614



Shannon Musser/Kisling Nestico & Redick, LLC - 44436​

If you are a paralegal, don't miss Paralegal Day at the OSBA Convention/Legal Forum on Aug. 24! Activities include "Strudels, Spirits, and Cobbled Streets: Architecture & Ghost Tour​"! Check out the full agenda to find out more.




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