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Jackson receives OSBF’s highest honor

Reginald S. Jackson, Jr.Ohio State Bar Association Senior Lawyers Section Chair Reginald S. Jackson received the Ritter Award at the Ohio State Bar Foundation’s Annual Meeting and Awards Dinner on Nov. 8 in Columbus.

A co-founder of Connelly, Jackson, and Collier LLP in Toledo, Jackson has practiced law for more than 40 years. During this time, he has served as president of the OSBA, the Ohio State Bar Foundation, the Toledo Bar Association and the Toledo Junior Bar Association. He has also mentored young lawyers through the Supreme Court of Ohio’s Lawyer to Lawyer program, taught as an adjunct professor at the University of Toledo College of Law, and served on the boards of LAWPAC and the Ohio Lawyers Assistance Program

He has also served his community through leadership roles in the Boys and Girls Clubs of Toledo, Toledo’s Rotary Club and its Foundation and the Maumee Ohio Civil Service Commission, as well as for Legal Aid of Western Ohio and Advocates for Basic Legal Equality (LAWO and ABLE).

Writing in support of Jackson’s Ritter Award nomination, fellow lawyer Janine Avila states, “Reg is so much more than his professional accomplishments. What is striking about him is his genuine love of people. He goes the extra mile for others and does so with humility.”

According to Jackson, going the extra mile is a lesson he learned from his grandmother. She taught him to carry a dust rag with him when walking through a room. “Leave it a little better than you found it,” she said. “We’re not here long, so make a difference.”

Having already received the OSBA’s Ohio Bar Medal, Toledo’s Order of the Heel, University of Toledo’s Distinguished Toledo Lawyer Award, and the Ohio State Bar Foundation’s Distinguished Life Fellow designation, Jackson’s receipt of this year’s Ritter Award is testament to the many ways in which he has “made a difference” throughout his career.

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