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Marks receives OSBF’s Ramey Award for Distinguished Community Service

Edward G. Marks received the Ramey Award for Distinguished Community Service at the Ohio State Bar Foundation’s Annual Meeting and Awards Dinner on Nov. 8 in Columbus.

A recently retired attorney from the Cincinnati office of Barron Peck Bennie & Schlemmer, Marks has devoted substantial time and talent to many legal organizations throughout his career. Marks has served two terms on the Ohio State Bar Association Board of Governors, four terms on the Cincinnati Bar Association Board of Governors and as a Life Fellow of both the Ohio State Bar Foundation and the American Bar Foundation.

In addition to having enriched the legal profession, he continues to devote many hours to his community through service to The Ensemble Theater of Cincinnati, Cincinnati’s Mercantile Library, the Corbett Foundation and the Cincinnati Arts Association, and played an important role in fundraising $31 million for The School for Creative and Performing Arts. He also donates much of his time to the Jewish community locally, regionally and internationally in various educational, legal and ecumenical roles.

Early in his career, Marks moderated a weekly educational television program, Ask Your Lawyer on Cincinnati’s ABC affiliate. The show aired for nearly 10 years, providing an important service to the general public. He also contributed heavily to several editions of the Ohio State Bar Association’s general consumer handbook, The Law & You, and continues his commitment to education through his board memberships and his teaching duties for the Leavitt Institute for International Development, an international initiative to provide educational resources to Eastern European law schools.

Marks defines the practice of law as a commitment to helping people avoid disputes or resolve disputes; he does not see it as an exercise in “winning at all costs.” For Marks, true wealth is being satisfied with what you have and, more importantly, being willing to share what you have to others. As David Lefton said of Marks when nominating him for the Ramey Award, “I learned from him the value of donating some of my time to others, and it has enriched me in many ways, just as he said it would.”

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