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Columbus, Ohio (May 8,
2013) – Akron attorney Frank E. Quirk today received the
2013 Eugene R. Weir Award for Ethics and Professionalism. The Weir Award
recognizes exceptional professional responsibility among Ohio lawyers and was
presented to Quirk during the Ohio State Bar Association (OSBA) Annual
Convention in Cleveland.
“Frank has embodied professionalism and
ethics throughout his career, so it is only fitting to honor him with the Weir
Award,” OSBA President Judge Patrick Fischer said. “He not only lives these
principles in both his professional and personal life, but he also teaches and
promotes these values to colleagues and others in the legal community.”
The OSBA Board of Governors established
the Weir Award in 1998 to honor the memory of Eugene R. Weir, a former member
of the board. Weir championed improvements in lawyer regulation and strongly
advocated for the promotion of professionalism and legal ethics. Each year this
award is given to one lawyer who has worked to promote and uphold legal
professionalism and ethics.
When Quirk was asked what receiving this
award meant to him, he said, “I will be forever grateful for being selected for
this high honor. To be included with the other attorneys who have received this
award is extremely gratifying, and I thank the OSBA for this recognition.”
Quirk has practiced law in Akron at
Brouse McDowell since 1961, and served as the firm’s managing partner from
1989-1998. He currently serves of counsel to the firm and advises and consults
on matters of legal ethics, lawyer malpractice and discipline.
Quirk is also the director of the
Miller-Becker Center for Professional Responsibility at the University of Akron
Law School. The Miller-Becker Center presents programs on topical ethics and
professionalism issues to members of the bench and bar.
From 1983-1984, Quirk served as president
of the Akron Bar Association and remains active with the local bar today. He is
the recipient of the Akron Bar’s Liberty Bell Award that is “bestowed to an individual whose work
exemplifies dedication to the U.S. Constitution and the Bill of Rights, either
through a demonstrated commitment to educating others and/or representation of
earned both his undergraduate and law degrees from The Ohio State University in
1957 and 1959, respectively.
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.