Weekly Legislative Report: OSBA to honor former Judge Joseph Cirigliano with Bar Medal

Aug. 23, 2018​

The OSBA Annual Meeting and Convention​ kicks off today, and in addition to a packed CLE agenda where diligent lawyers can get up to speed on the latest legislative changes and case law updates in their practice areas, OSBA President Robin Weaver will also be presenting the Bar’s highest honor to his honor, Joseph Cirigliano, a former judge and Elyria attorney.

Mr. Cirigliano recently retired from Wickens Herzer Panza after more than 65 years in practice and a distinguished career in public service. He served on the Lorain County Common Pleas Court, the Ninth District Court of Appeals, and a visiting judge for the Common Pleas Court for many years. He also served as Law Director for the City of North Ridgeville, a councilman for the city of Elyria and a chairperson of the Elyria Civil Service Commission. In serv​ice to the Bar and the profession, he served on the OSBA Board of Governors from 2008-2011, as a member of the OSBA Council of Delegates as well as on the Ohio Judicial College Board of Trustees and the Lorain County Bar Association Executive Committee.  

What you can’t get from his standard bio (because that’s what we do here at the OSBA Weekly Report): He is the first Bar Medal recipient to also have a theatre named after him and he’s good friends with golf legend Jack Nicklaus. That's right, after more than three decades of dedicated service on the Lorain County Community College Board of Trustees, they honored Judge Cirigliano and his wife Beverly by naming a studio theatre in the Stocker Arts Center for them. And one of the many things Judge Cirigliano did for the College was to rope his personal friend Jack Nicklaus into donating his time and talent to raise funding for scholarship money through an annual fundraiser and golf outing. More than 1,000 students have benefitted from this event and it’s still going strong.

In addition to honoring Judge Cirigliano, Justice Judith French will be presenting the John C and Ginny Elam Award for Pro Bono Service to two deserving attorneys — Grace Hoffman of Bellaire and William Dowling of Akron.  

Week Ahead​

We can afford to keep this week’s legislative report short and sweet because it’s that time of year when the level of activity at the Statehouse is directly proportional to the proximity to the statewide general Election, i.e., nothing to see here, folks. In fact, this week Ohio House Speaker Ryan Smith canceled House if-needed sessions scheduled for Sept. 19 and 20.

Tracking OSBA Legislation    

While we await the General Assembly’s return, you can always track bills we are watching and OSBA priority legislation via the Legislative section at www.OhioBar.org.

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