Kenneth A. Brown, OSBA, 800-282-6556 or 614-487-4426
Columbus, OHIO (August 10, 2010) – It took three attempts for corporate lawyer Nancy Brown to fully retire, but retirement has not stopped her from keeping a hand in the legal profession as a volunteer.
“It was very important to me to find new outlets that would be intellectually challenging,” Brown says about her involvement in the legal field as a retired lawyer. “I had spent my whole career in corporate law. Between work and family, I had little time to give back to the community, but now I have an opportunity to correct that imbalance.”
Brown received her law degree from The Ohio State University Moritz College of Law and spent almost 30 years as in-house counsel for Borden, Inc. Brown says she enjoyed the diversity of legal challenges presented by working for a large corporation, and still manages to maintain a level of diversity in retirement.
An active member of the Ohio State Bar Association (OSBA), Brown is a member of the Dispute Resolution Committee. She also serves on the board of the American Civil Liberties Union of Ohio, as a volunteer guardian-ad-litem with Court Appointed Special Advocates (CASA) and as a home foreclosure mediator through Ohio’s “Save the Dream” project.
As a board member and chair of the Advocacy Committee for the League of Women Voters of Ohio (LWVO), Brown has been involved in judicial reform efforts that are currently being explored in conjunction with the OSBA. “Since the U.S. Supreme Court struck down prohibitions on electioneering communications by corporations and unions,” says Brown, “it becomes even more important that we move to a system that eliminates or greatly reduces the role of money in selecting our Supreme Court judges.”
Brown believes an excellent way for lawyers to stay involved after retirement is through networking with other newly retired lawyers. She attributes her involvement with CASA to meeting an emeritus attorney passionate about the program. "I’m grateful for the network of other newly retired lawyers who helped to guide me,” Brown said. “I may have retired from my legal practice, but I didn’t retire from the profession.”
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