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Akron attorney announces candidacy for 2014 OSBA president-elect

Melissa Graham-HurdMelissa Graham-Hurd, Esq., announced her candidacy for president-elect of the Ohio State Bar Association. The election will take place at the Association’s Annual Convention in Columbus April 30 to May 2, 2014.

Melissa Graham-Hurd obtained her law degree from the University of Akron School of Law after graduating from the University of Akron, earning two Bachelor of Arts degrees, in English and French, and a certificate in Peace Studies (Conflict Management).

Melissa has been an active and contributing member of the OSBA, most recently on its Board of Governors, where she served as vice chair of the Budget and Headquarters Committee. She has served on the Council of Delegates since 2001, co-chaired the Special Committee to Review the Gender Fairness Task Force Report, 2009 to 2012, participated in the 2010 OSBA Commission on Judicial Candidates, and was the OSBA representative to the Ohio Supreme Court’s Advisory Committee on Children, Families, and the Courts for five years.

Melissa Graham-Hurd has served on the OSBA Family Relations Specialty Board since 2005, and has actively served the OSBA Family Law Committee since 1987, including terms as its secretary, vice chair and chair. 

Melissa served on OSBA’s certified grievance committee, is a member of the Professionalism Committee, Juvenile Committee, Solo, Small Firms and General Practice Section, and the Women in the Profession Section. Melissa is a life fellow of the Ohio State Bar Foundation, and has been a member of the Ohio Bar College since 1987.

Melissa is a member of the Akron Bar Association, serving on several committees, and chaired its Family Law Section, the Stark County Bar Association, the Ohio Women’s Bar Association, and the American Bar Association. Melissa offers volunteer service to her community through Community Legal Aid of Akron and by serving the Stark County Board of Elections. She is primarily a family law attorney, helping people through the hardest parts of their lives, occasionally accepts federal civil rights cases, and is a certified mediator. She and her husband, Dan, have been married more than 30 years.

“As the profession changes to meet the needs of clients, the OSBA is changing to meet the needs of the lawyers of Ohio. Transformation presents challenges, but also offers opportunities to better serve more efficiently, reaching out to others to work with us on our common goals, and broadening diversity of every kind. Membership in the OSBA remains indispensable to any lawyer practicing in Ohio, whether in small or large firm, business, government, or any other place people are using their law degrees. Together, we can do so much more for the people we serve and for each other. As your president-elect I will continue to serve, to collaborate with lawyers, law students, and their professors, new lawyers and retiring lawyers, in big cities and small towns, bringing us together in keeping the OSBA the best bar association in the land!”

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