State bar president to honor area lawyers

CONTACT:  Kenneth A. Brown, OSBA, 800-282-6556 or 614-487-4426
Columbus, OHIO (Oct. 2, 2013) – The president of the Ohio State Bar Association (OSBA) will visit Van Wert on Wednesday, Oct. 16, to speak to area attorneys about current issues facing the legal profession and to recognize senior lawyers in the area.

Jonathan Hollingsworth, 2013-2014 OSBA president, will address the OSBA District 3 annual luncheon meeting at Willow Bend Country Club (579 Hospital Dr., Van Wert). OSBA District 3 includes 502 members who practice in Defiance, Fulton, Hancock, Henry, Paulding, Putnam, Van Wert, Williams and Wood counties.

Judge James W. Bachman and Thomas Staten Middleton of Bowling Green will be recognized for their 50 years of service to the profession. Lucille S. Mitchell of Wayne and Judge Richard J. Rinebolt of Findlay will be recognized for their 65 years of service to the legal profession.

Alan J. Lehenbauer, District 3 representative on the OSBA Board of Governors, will preside over the meeting, which will include the election of two members to the OSBA Council of Delegates. John E. Hatcher, president of the Van Wert Country Bar Association, will deliver welcoming remarks. OSBA members are welcome to attend the business meeting at no charge.

Prior to the noon luncheon meeting and recognition, an optional 2.5-hour continuing legal education (CLE) seminar will be offered from 9 a.m. to 11:30 a.m. (registration and continental breakfast begins at 8:30 a.m.). Advance seminar registration is $70 for OSBA members and $85 for non-members; lunch registration is $25 for members and $30 for non-members. After Oct. 9, $25 will be added to the total registration fee. The OSBA Young Lawyers Section invites all local young lawyers (age 36 or younger or in practice for five years or less) to attend the annual district luncheon for free, with registration completed by the early registration deadline.

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.  



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