Sept. 6, 2017
I am Ed Smith, a candidate for President-Elect of the OSBA. I want to take this opportunity to tell you briefly why I am asking you to vote for me.
Since taking the oath and starting my career as an Air Force JAG, I have enjoyed being a lawyer and being with lawyers. An invitation from a great OSBA lawyer led to my lengthy service on the Grievance Committee, which I chaired in 2014. That service afforded me the honor to represent the OSBA in the Ohio Supreme Court. I am currently on the Ethics Committee. I am an OSBA certified specialist in Estate Planning, Trust and Probate Law and a member of that Section, as well as SSF&GP. I am a sustaining member, a Foundation Fellow and a member of Ohio Bar College.
I have been endorsed by the Dayton Bar Association as "a proven and trusted leader" and by numerous lawyers throughout the state.
I'm also Chair of the DBA Probate Law Committee and participate in the DBA Volunteer Lawyers Project.
As board Chair of a social services agency covering a significant portion of southwest Ohio, I have extensive experience leading a large organization.
In short, I have provided leadership, service and vision to the profession and the community.
As your President, I will strive to—ensure the OSBA is providing value to its members and helping new lawyers succeed; promote integrity, diversity and inclusion in the profession; promote access to justice using lawyers; and work to make the practice of law more enjoyable and rewarding for all lawyers.
Each time we elect a new President-Elect, we rededicate our Association to its Core Purpose, engraved on a plaque in the lobby of our professional home: "To advance the professional interests of members of the Ohio State Bar Association." Everything we do as an organized bar association should benefit our members and advance our profession, while honoring our responsibilities to the citizens of Ohio.
We are under attack by those who want to do what we do, but without the knowledge, the responsibilities and the standards of accountability to which we adhere. We must protect the public from the harm inherently created by those who sell the short-cuts of drive-through law.
More importantly, we must be pro-active in promoting the benefits of our profession and educating those who need our services. We need to inform the public of all the good things lawyers do every day, and the value of our counseling, expertise, duty of loyalty, and confidentiality. Our services are crucial to the preservation of a free society, its commerce and the "pursuit of happiness."
The election will be held by electronic ballot in May 2018. Please make sure your voice is heard.
If you entrust me to be your leader, I will fight for our profession with the goal that the practice of law in Ohio will remain the noble profession we all envision.
Ed Smith, Dayton