The OWBA-OWBF Leading the Way Award Celebration will take place on November 18 at The Reception House at Raymond Memorial in Columbus, Ohio. At this time, the Ohio Women’s Bar Association and Ohio Woman’s Bar Foundation will join together to honor Judge Laurel Beatty Blunt with the prestigious OWBA-OWBF Leading the Way Award. Judge Blunt attended Spelman College in Atlanta, Georgia, where she received a B.S. in Psychology magna cum laude in 1996. She subsequently attended Vanderbilt University Law School and received a Doctor of Jurisprudence in 1999. She was licensed to practice law in Ohio in November 1999.
Judge Beatty Blunt started her legal career at Frost Brown Todd in Cincinnati where she was a member of the litigation department, focusing primarily on commercial and diet drug defense litigation. She then returned to her hometown of Columbus and joined Kegler Brown Hill & Ritter where she was a member of the litigation, creditor's rights and bankruptcy, and government affairs departments. Afterwards she handled small business, probate, and personal injury matters for Otto Beatty, Jr. & Associates where she sat first and second chair in several trials.
Judge Beatty Blunt then served as Director of Legislative Affairs and Counsel to the Voting Rights Institute for the Ohio Secretary of State. In that role, she served as liaison to the Ohio General Assembly and 88 county boards of elections. She also oversaw the drafting of legislation, obtained sponsors for bills, and provided testimony and information on bills pertaining to the Secretary of State's office.
In 2009, Governor Ted Strickland appointed Judge Beatty Blunt to serve on the Franklin County Court of Common Pleas. In that capacity, she has jurisdiction over felony criminal cases, administrative appeals, and civil matters in which the sum or matters in dispute exceed $15,000. She has presided over a variety of issues from sentencing on murder and rape cases to multi-million dollar civil litigation. She was overwhelmingly elected in November 2010, earning 68% of the vote in Franklin County and re-elected in 2016 to a second term. In November of 2018, Judge Beatty Blunt was elected to the Tenth District Court of Appeals which hears appeals from the court on which she previously served, as well as appeals from other divisions of the Franklin County Common Pleas-Probate, Domestic Relations, and Juvenile, in addition to appeals from the Franklin County Municipal Court, the Ohio Court of Claims, and various administrative agencies.
Judge Beatty Blunt is currently a member of the Supreme Court of Ohio Board on Continuing Legal Education. She also serves on numerous law-related panels and is a member of the Ohio Women's Bar Association, Ohio State Bar Association, Columbus Bar Association, Women Lawyers of Franklin County, and John Mercer Langston Bar Association. She is a past member of the Board of Trustees of the YWCA of Central Ohio, the United Way of Central Ohio Board of Trustees and the Greater Columbus Infant Mortality Task Force.
Judge Beatty Blunt is married to Chief Petty Officer Richard Blunt, II, Retired Intelligence Specialist, U.S. Navy. They are proud parents to Leah and Spence.
The 2021 OWBA-OWBF Leading the Way Award combines two historical awards for both organizations: the OWBA Founder's Award and the OWBF Leading the Way Award. Past recipients of both awards have been recognized for their commitment, service and leadership that has paved the way for other women in the law to follow.
Another opportunity we have it at this event is to recognize and honor past and present leaders of the OWBA and OWBF, OWBF Leadership Institute Alumnae, and welcome the 2021-2022 Leadership Institute Class. It would be our great honor to recognize you personally at the event if you are able to attend.
You can learn more information about this event and register on our website or by contacting the OWBA office at (866) 932-6922 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
Interested in supporting the OWBA and OWBF with event sponsorship? Please find sponsorship opportunities by contacting the OWBA office at (866) 932-6922 or email@example.com.
Thank you for your support of the Ohio Women’s Bar Association and Foundation. We truly hope you will attend and look forward to seeing you in Columbus on November 18!