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Columbus, Ohio (April 28, 2016) – Thomas W. Weeks of Columbus, executive director of the Ohio State Legal Services Association (OSLSA) since 1985, has been selected as the 2016 recipient of the Ohio State Bar Association's highest honor, the Ohio Bar Medal award. Weeks received the award during the OSBA's All-Ohio Legal Forum in Cincinnati today.
The Ohio Bar Medal recognizes individuals whose service to the legal profession, the community and humanity is unusually exemplary.
"Tom's passion for service has defined his entire career," said OSBA President John Holschuh Jr. "We applaud his leadership and dedication to helping those Ohioans who cannot otherwise afford legal services find the assistance they need."
As executive director of OSLSA, Weeks is responsible for the leadership of Southeastern Ohio Legal Services, which serves 30 central and southeastern Ohio counties through six offices; the Legal Aid Society of Columbus, which serves Franklin County and five surrounding counties through two offices, and the Ohio Poverty Law Center, a statewide legislative and policy advocacy and support organization.
Weeks earned his undergraduate degree, with honors, from Oberlin College and his law degree, magna cum laude, from the University of Michigan. Earlier in his career, he was an attorney with the Cleveland Legal Aid Society.
An active member of a variety of community organizations, Weeks has served on the board of the National Employment Law Project since 1994, and as a member of the Supreme Court of Ohio Committee on Dispute Resolution, the Supreme Court of Ohio Task Force on Pro Se and Indigent Litigation, the Ohio Legal Needs Assessment Committee, and the Ohio State Bar Association Council of Delegates.
In recognition of professional achievements, Weeks has received the Ohio State Bar Foundation's Public or Government Service Award, the Ohio Legal Assistance Foundation's Denis Murphy Award, the Columbus Bar Association's Award of Merit, and the Columbus Bar Foundation's President's Award.
The Ohio State Bar Association, founded in 1880, is a voluntary association representing approximately 22,000 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.