State bar president to honor area senior lawyers

CONTACT:  Kenneth A. Brown – 800-282-6556 or 614-487-4426

COLUMBUS (Mar. 3, 2014) - The president of the Ohio State Bar Association (OSBA) will visit Cleveland on Tuesday, March 18, to speak to area attorneys about current issues facing the legal profession and to honor senior attorneys.

Dayton attorney Jonathan Hollingsworth, 2013-2014 OSBA president, will address the annual luncheon meeting of OSBA District 12 at the Renaissance Cleveland Hotel (24 Public Square). OSBA District 12 includes 4,807 members who practice in Cuyahoga County. 


Ronald V. Johnson, District 12 representative on the OSBA Board of Governors, will preside over the meeting, and Jonathan B Leiken, Cleveland Metropolitan Bar Association president, will deliver welcoming remarks.


Area residents being recognized for 50 years in the practice of law include Thomas H. Barnard of Shaker Heights, Jeffrey A. Belkin of Beachwood, Jason C. Blackford of Beachwood, John P. Calandra of Strongsville, John H. Carson of Cleveland, Irwin J. Dinn of Moreland Hills, Neil K. Evans of Beachwood, James R. Goldberg of Cleveland, J. Ross Haffey of Gates Mills, John W. Jeffers of Hudson, Elliot M. Kaufman of Shaker Heights, Richard C. Klein of Moreland Hills, Eugene L. Kramer of Lakewood, Edward J. Maher of Cleveland, Gary W. Melsher of Pepper Pike, Joseph J. Naegele of Rocky River, Spencer Neth of Cleveland Heights, Charles J. O’Toole of Cleveland, Richard E. Rubinstein of Cleveland, Niki Z. Schwartz of Shaker Heights, Lewis A. Zipkin of Cleveland Heights and George C. Zucco of Strongsville. Attorneys being recognized for 65 years in the practice of law include Conrad J. Morgenstern of Beachwood and Albert J. Rhoa of South Euclid. Also, Brent A. Shelley of Solon will be presented with the Ohio State Bar Foundation Community Service Award for Attorneys 40 and Under.


Prior to the noon luncheon meeting and recognition, an optional 2.5-hour continuing legal education seminar about the Medicare application process will be offered from 9 a.m. to 11:30 a.m. Registration and continental breakfast will begin at 8:30 a.m. Advance luncheon registration is $35 for members, $45 for nonmembers and free for young lawyers. Advance seminar registration is $75 for members (including young lawyers) and $95 for nonmembers. After March 11, $25 will be added to the total registration fee.


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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