CONTACT: Kenneth A. Brown, OSBA, 800-282-6556 or 614-487-4426
Columbus, OHIO (Sept. 26, 2012) – Ohio State Bar Association (OSBA) President Judge Patrick F. Fischer has appointed William F. Hayes to chair the Aviation Law Committee for 2012-2013. The OSBA maintains 40 standing committees and 11 sections, each of which monitors a particular area of law. Committees and sections work to improve the justice system by keeping Ohio lawyers informed about the latest court decisions and regulatory changes. In addition, they comment on bills before the Ohio General Assembly and draft their own legislative proposals to improve existing laws.
Hayes currently practices law in Bowling Green, Ohio and is a commercial pilot and flight instructor. A writer and columnist for Plane and Pilot News, Hayes received both his bachelor’s of business administration (1970) and his law degree (1973) from the University of Toledo. He also served as an officer in the United States Army from 1970 to 1978. His legal experience has been varied. He has been a private practitioner, a prosecutor for the city of Perrysburg, an adjunct professor at the University of Toledo and an instructor of aviation law at Bowling Green State University. He is currently a member of the Henry County Bar Association, the Wood County Bar Association, the American Bar Association, the International Aviation and Transportation Safety Bar Association, the Lawyer Pilots Bar Association, the National Flight Instructors Association, the Aircraft Owners and Pilot’s Association and the Experimental Aircraft Association.
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.