Ohio State Bar Association honors area attorneys for longtime service during annual meeting in Portsmouth

Columbus, Ohio (November 10, 2017) – During his four years as the District 8 Representative to the OSBA Boar​d of Governors, Judge Howard “Hank” Harcha has had the opportunity to recognize a number of area attorneys for their longtime service to the profession.

On Thursday, Nov. 9—his last annual meeting as Governor—he had the distinct honor of recognizing his own father—Howard H. Harcha, Jr. of Portsmouth—for dedicating 65 years to the practice of law. He also recognized Chesapeake attorney Richard B. Meyers, who has practiced law for more than 50 years.

During the meeting, which was held at the Holiday Inn Portsmouth, Derick Fisher of Ironton was elected to succeed Harcha on the OSBA governing board for a three-year term starting in July of 2018, and Richard Clagg of Wellston was elected to a two-year term on the OSBA’s policy-making Council of Delegates, also starting in July of 2018.


(Pictured from left to right: Judge Hank Harcha III and his dad, Howard H. Harcha, Jr.)


(Pictured from left to right: Attorney Richard B. Meyers and OSBA President Randall M. Comer)

About the Honorees
Howard H. Harcha Jr.

Howard resides in Portsmouth and is currently retired. Prior to this, Howard served as the assistant prosecutor in Scioto County. Howard has also been the President of the Scioto County Bar Association, a member of the Ohio State Bar Association’s Board of Governors, and a member of Community Legal Aid Services’ Member Advisory Board. Howard earned his J.D. from The Ohio State University Moritz College of Law. He has received a Pro Bono Award from Community Legal Aid Services for his volunteer work in the community. Howard credits the Ohio State Bar Association for providing him with lifelong friendships in the legal industry, and urges young lawyers to join the organization.

Richard B. Meyers
Richard resides in Chesapeake and practices with Meyers, Neville and Baker. Prior to this, he served as the Prosecuting Attorney in Lawrence County and spent 25 years teaching Law Enforcement as a professor at Ohio University Southern. Richard received his B.S. from Miami University and his J.D. from the University of Cincinnati College of Law. He is a member of the Chesapeake Community Center Board and the Lion’s Club.

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.

OSBA District 8 includes more than 300 attorneys who practice in Adams, Brown, Gallia, Highland, Jackson, Lawrence, Pickaway, Pike, Ross, Scioto, and Vinton counties.

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