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OSBA’s Bill Weisenberg receives inaugural national Governmental Relations Award

William K. WeisenbergThe Governmental Relations Section of the National Association of Bar Executives (NABE) honored Ohio State Bar Association Assistant Executive Director William K. Weisenberg with its first-ever Governmental Relations Section Award for outstanding service.

The section established the award for outstanding achievement in the field of government relations, for extraordinary services to colleagues in NABE and for distinguished leadership in the Governmental Relations Section.


NABE Governmental Relations Section Chair Kim Crouch of North Carolina said, “Bill has been a dedicated member of the NABE Governmental Relations Section. We are most grateful for his service to the legal profession.”


In recognizing Weisenberg’s achievements, the NABE award committee noted that he has been a diligent advocate for the legal profession, the organized bar and the justice system, and has used his experiences to mentor and teach colleagues and volunteers.


“Bill Weisenberg is a government relations icon,” said OSBA President Jonathan Hollingsworth. “Bill is well-known in the Ohio Legislature for his incredible institutional memory, his ability to bring people to consensus, and for being an honest broker in the legislative arena. During our visits with members of Congress in the nation’s capital, it is clear that elected officials from Ohio and across the nation recognize Bill’s skill and welcome his advice and counsel.”


“I’ve had the personal pleasure of working with Bill in the legislature, and have watched his influence on the national level regarding matters important to the legal profession,” said OSBA Executive Director Mary Amos Augsburger. “There is no one more well-versed on the issues, and no one more dedicated to serving the legal profession, than Bill Weisenberg.”


Weisenberg has served as the Assistant Executive Director for Public Affairs, Governmental Relations and Diversity Initiatives of the Ohio State Bar Association since 1999; and as the Director of Government Affairs of the OSBA from 1979 to 1999. He has been a faithful member of the NABE Governmental Relations Section since 1982 and served as the section’s chair from 1985 to 1986.


Weisenberg has served on a variety of committees advocating on behalf of the justice system, including the ABA Day Planning Committee, the ABA Task Force on the Preservation of the Justice System, and as chair of the ABA Standing Committee on Judicial Independence.


Hailing from New York, where he received his undergraduate degree from Syracuse University and his law degree from New York Law School, Weisenberg started his career in the U.S. Department of Health, Education and Welfare before he eventually shifted to advocacy work on law-related issues. Before his employment with the OSBA, Weisenberg served as chief legal counsel for the Ohio House Judiciary Committee.


The award was presented to Weisenberg during the NABE Governmental Relations Section Workshop held in Scottsdale, Arizona. The Governmental Relations Section provides networking and idea-sharing about common issues facing associations and attorneys across the country. The section also serves as a clearinghouse for legislative trends affecting lawyers at the state level.

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