leading a state's worth of Association attorneys or strumming the
strings at a rock show, OSBA President Martin E. Mohler knows how to
handle the pressure and deliver an amazing performance.Why did you become a lawyer? Was there anyone in particular who inspired you?
was interested in becoming a lawyer at an early age. While no one in my
family was an attorney, I became interested as I began to read and
study various court cases. I majored in English in college, which
prepared me for law school. The profession has been good to me, and I’m
trying to give a little back.What are the benefits of being an OSBA member?
benefits of becoming an OSBA member are many. Perhaps the most
gratifying are the relationships. I have friends throughout the state.
The networking and services we provide (Casemaker, OBLIC, CLE, etc.) are
superior. We are truly indispensable to Ohio lawyers. I want the OSBA
to continue to advocate for Ohio lawyers on a number of fronts. The OSBA
represents lawyers with our elected officials, and has maintained—and
will continue to maintain—an active legislative agenda thanks to the
good work of all of our committees and sections. It is my personal goal
to see that we fully represent the lawyers of Ohio.What can the OSBA do for young lawyers? How do you plan on getting young lawyers involved in the OSBA?
of my children are attorneys, and it’s important for me to see them
derive the same benefits that I have been able to enjoy from my work
with bar associations, both at the state and local level. I have always
supported the work of the OSBA’s Young Lawyers Section and its efforts
to involve young lawyers in the bar association. Personally, I take
pride in trying to mentor and recruit young lawyers and to help them
appreciate the value of bar affiliation. I have appointed more young
lawyers to leadership roles in the committees and sections, both to help
them and to help the OSBA grow and perpetuate the same level of quality
service our members are accustomed to. And, for our law students, we
provide free OSBA memberships and opportunities like Distinguished
Alumni programs in Ohio’s law schools.How is the OSBA going to deal with the challenges of the aging of the profession?
Senior Lawyers Section has made great strides in assisting our seasoned
lawyers. We need to keep them engaged and active in the OSBA. Seminars
and articles provided by the Senior Lawyers Section provide a wealth of
information to our older members on diverse topics such as Social
Security, Medicare, health insurance, disposing of a law practice and
others. We’re also linking our seasoned attorneys with younger lawyers
so that they can share their experiences.What is the one thing you’re determined to accomplish during your term?
intend to build on the programs initiated by Pat Fischer and Jon
Hollingsworth. In addition, specialty courts, diversity and legal
services will be priorities. I especially want to explore how we promote
specialty courts and dockets, and to recognize the unique needs and
implications of certain types of cases and the benefit these specialty
courts can have. We need to continue and expand our focus on showing
respect for our service men and women, and our veterans. They leave and
sometimes encounter combat, and some come back with special problems
that can best be addressed by veterans’ courts. I want the OSBA to
continue to speak loudly for legal services for veterans, and for
veterans’ courts to allow for the fair administration of justice.Thanks for taking the time to chat with us. Is there anything else you would like to add?
is another key issue for me. Our profession, thankfully, has grown to
reflect our communities and the people we serve, as well as the people
who may have been traditionally underserved. A primary focus for me will
be the continued expansion of OSBA and the inclusion of all
lawyers—those just entering the practice, women, and lawyers of color
and from other minority groups who have sometimes been