OSBA members honored with OSBF awards

Jackson receives OSBF's highest honor

Reginald S. JacksonOhio 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 lawyerJanine 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.

Khoury receives OSBF's Statewide Community Service Award for Attorneys 40 and Under

Nicole I. Khoury received the Community Service Award for Attorneys 40 and Under at the Ohio State Bar Foundation’s Annual Meeting and Awards Dinner on Nov. 8 in Columbus.

A Toledo criminal defense attorney and part-time public defender for Lucas County, Khoury is also well-known as the lead singer for Arctic Clam, a Toledo-based rock cover band. By day she meets clients in their jail cells, but at night, fans flock to see her perform in numerous Toledo venues as covers such diverse artists as Janis Joplin, Radiohead, Johnny Cash and Lady Gaga.

Khoury first combined her passion for the law with her love of music in 2008 when she started Project iAm, a foundation that provides Northwest Ohio families affected by autism with resources and financial assistance. Khoury was inspired to establish the foundation through her association with a friend whose child struggles with the disorder. She learned first-hand that families rarely have the time or energy to advocate effectively for the needs of their autistic children, and need financial help to secure appropriate resources and treatment. 

A self-described “doer,” Khoury single-handedly launched Project iAm from her home to meet the needs of families in her community. With support from her fellow musicians and lawyers, she has held yearly Acoustics for Autism concerts and other fundraising events that have brought more than $55,000 in scholarship aid to the foundation since 2008. 

Khoury, who manages all of the concerts on a shoestring budget, has no problem wearing her sweats to move chairs for 4,000 attendees at a fundraiser and accepts no compensation for her hard work. For her dedication to iAm, the Toledo Bar Association in 2012 recognized the impact she has made in the community.  According to Project iAM’s mission, all children laugh, cry, love and play, no matter what their differences may be.

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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