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Westerville attorney receives OCLRE Founders' Award

Kenneth R. DonchatzThe Ohio Center for Law-Related Education (OCLRE) presented the 2012 Founders’ Award to Westerville attorney Kenneth R. Donchatz. Donchatz has served as the mock trial legal advisor for the Westerville North High School mock trial teams for more than 16 years.

Throughout his years of service, Donchatz has made it a priority that students learn about and understand the law and its relevance and implications in "real" life. He has participated in field trips and tours of government buildings, worked with teams at both practices and competitions and helped young people see the bigger picture, which enhanced their learning experience.

Most recently, Donchatz was involved in Westerville’s successful levy campaign that preserved the school district’s academic extra-curricular activities, including the mock trial program.

In the words of colleagues and students, Donchatz is “a hard-working, dedicated mentor and professional”; an individual of “exceptional character…dedicated to the promotion of the legal system and education"; and an “advocate [with a] true passion for law, and for educating students.”

The OCLRE Founders’ Award recognizes individuals or organizations that have made significant contributions to the ideals and growth of law-related education. Like the OCLRE Founders, for whom this award is named, recipients are visionaries who have devoted their time and talent to develop and support programs that engage students in learning about and value the rule of law, democracy and, most importantly, the importance of civic responsibility.

Past recipients have included volunteers, educators, attorneys and a former Chief Justice of the Supreme Court of Ohioall of whom have been staunch supporters and advocates of civics and law-related education.

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