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Nominations Accepted

The OWBA is seeking nominations for its Twelfth Annual FAMILY FRIENDLY AWARD.  Many legal employers recognize that alternative work arrangements (“AWA”) help retain the best talent in their offices.  The OWBA will recognize the legal employer in Ohio who best exemplifies the commitment to work-life balance arrangements at its 2014 Annual Meeting.  Do you work for such an employer?  Take time to nominate them for the 2014 FAMILY FRIENDLY AWARD!  Simply fill out the nomination form and send it to by April 21, 2014.

The OWBA is at the forefront of a profession-wide effort to promote meaningful AWAs in both private and public practice.  The FAMILY FRIENDLY AWARD honors those employers who assure that lawyers can take care of their families and still pursue a successful career.  Spread the word about your employer’s family friendly policies and practices – nominate them today!  They will receive special recognition.

Past recipients of the FAMILY FRIENDLY AWARD are:

2003       Reminger & Reminger Co., L.P.A.

2004       Bricker & Eckler LLP

2005       Cuyahoga County Prosecutor William D. Mason; and

              Geauga County Prosecutor David P. Joyce

2006       Eastman & Smith Ltd. (Toledo) and Betty D. Montgomery (Columbus)

2007       Squire, Sanders & Dempsey L.L.P.

2008       Cooper & Walinski, LLP

2009       Calfee, Halter & Griswold LLP and Javitch, Block & Rathbone LLP

2010       McGinty, Hilow & Spellacy Co., LPA and Ohio Attorney General Richard        
              Cordray’s Office

2011       Perez & Morris LLC

2012       Benesch Friedlander Coplan & Aronoff LLP

2013       Faruki Ireland & Cox P.L.L.

Any employer previously nominated can be nominated again!  Remember the deadline for nominations is April 21, 2014.  If you have questions contact OWBA at (866) 932-6922 or

Click here for a copy of the application.

Betty Montgomery to Receive Award

Our friend Betty Montgomery, will receive the 2014 Democracy In Action Award from the League of Women Voters of Metropolitan Columbus on May 6. The Democracy In Action award is the League's highest honor.  It is given annually to a person or organization that has demonstrated outstanding participation in civic affairs and service to the community.  Recipients embody a strong belief that our democratic system of government works best when citizens are active and informed, and they demonstrate a long-term commitment to and zeal for increasing the level of political activism and knowledge within the community.                                           

"The Democracy In Action award ceremony is inspiring and fun," said Amy Pulles, president of the League of Women Voters of Metropolitan Columbus.  "We'll share Betty's accomplishments, but we'll also hear some charming personal stories from the event's Honorary Co-Chairs."

The Honorary Co-Chairs for the event are former Ohio House Speaker JoAnn Davidson; James Tilling, OPERS Board of Trustees; and Deb Hackathorn, VP of COSI Columbus.

Betty Montgomery was a clerk for the Lucas County Common Pleas Court and then assistant prosecuting attorney in Wood County.  In 1988 she was elected a member of the Ohio State Senate, where she served on numerous committees dealing with legal and environmental issues.  In 1990 she was elected Ohio’s first woman Attorney General and was an outspoken supporter of victim’s rights and lobbied the state legislature and governor to increase funding to local law enforcement agencies.  She is known for efforts to protect Ohio consumers from fraudulent businesses.  As Ohio’s Attorney General, Betty received national recognition for excellence in service and advocacy in many areas including legal work before the U.S. Supreme Court.  She served as Ohio's first woman Auditor of the State from 2002 to 2006.  Betty chairs the Jo Ann Davidson Ohio Leadership Institute and serves on the Boards of Prevent Blindness Ohio, the Capitol Square Foundation, the Ohio Women’s Bar Association Foundation, and the Ohio Domestic Violence Network Advisory Board. 

The ceremony, which will be held on Tuesday, May 6, at the OSU Fawcett Center, 2400 Olentangy River Road, in Columbus, from 6:30 - 8:30 PM, is open to the public.  Tickets, which cost $75 (or $45 for League members) can be purchased on the League's website at

The League of Women Voters, a nonpartisan political organization, encourages informed and active participation in government, works to increase understanding of major public policy issues, and influences public policy through education.  In metro Columbus, the League strives to lead the creation of a central Ohio community that has fair and open governments; has an engaged and informed electorate; values the votes of all its citizens; engages in civil discourse; and has citizens equipped to take action on issues they care about.

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