On Friday, April 30, 2021, the Ohio Women’s Bar Association presented Kimberly Amrine, Chief Diversity Officer of Frost Brown Todd LLC, with the 2021 Kurt Tunnell Diversity & Inclusion Sponsor Award at the OWBA-OWBF Annual Meeting in Columbus, Ohio. The Kurt Tunnell Diversity & Inclusion Sponsor Award recognizes an individual who has demonstrated a commitment to promoting diversity and inclusion within the profession, particularly through support and sponsorship of diverse attorneys. OWBA Treasurer and D&I Committee Chair, Jennifer Battle, presented the award to Kimberly Amrine.
During the Annual Meeting Luncheon, the following was shared from nomination letters submitted on behalf of Kim:
“In her role as Director, Kim has been a pioneer. She was appointed to her position in 2006. At that time, there was only one other law firm in the country with a director-level position dedicated to diversity and inclusion. There was no written job description or list of job duties. Kim had to use her knowledge of Frost Brown Todd and its culture, and to leverage her relationships, to recommend policies and procedures and produce outcomes. Currently, there are well over 200 professionals nationally who are devoted to diversity and inclusion in law firms. Kim routinely presents and shares her experiences with this group in conference settings and mentors many of these professionals on an ongoing basis.
Kim also works with clients and community leaders on their inclusion programming and goals. She has conducted unconscious-bias training and shared many of the programs that she developed for Frost Brown Todd with some of our largest clients. She also invests time to develop and participate in numerous pipeline efforts to increase diversity in our profession.
This past summer Kim really stepped up as a DEI leader in the wake of the social injustices plaguing the African-American community in our country. Following the police killings of George Floyd and Breonna Taylor, Kim worked with me and other firm leaders to develop and implement the FBT Racial Justice Action Plan. The plan consists of 17 short-term, mid-term, and long-term racial justice focused goals.
Throughout her career, Kim has be an incredible mentor, sponsor, and advocate for women and minorities and has championed innovative programs to promote diversity and inclusion in the legal field.”
Kurt Tunnell Diversity & Inclusion Sponsor Award Announcement:
It was announced during the Annual Meeting Luncheon that the OWBA Board of Trustees and Diversity & Inclusion Committee unanimously decided in 2019 to rename the OWBA Diversity & Inclusion Sponsor Award to the “Kurt Tunnell Diversity & Inclusion Sponsor Award”. Kurt Tunnell, former Managing Partner of Bricker & Eckler LLP, tragically passed away in a fatal bicycling accident on August 31, 2019.
Immediate Past President Mary DeGenaro shared:
“I am one of many people who were blessed to have known Kurt-a man of faith who was quietly generous with his time, talent and guidance. Kurt led an incredible personal and professional life that touched countless people and organizations in a truly impactful way. He was a former Managing Partner at Bricker & Eckler and left his unique, positive mark over his 30-pluse year career with the firm-a longevity that speaks to his loyalty and character. The OWBA honored Kurt’s commitment to sponsoring and mentoring women in the law by awarding him the 2018 D&I Sponsor Award. The goal of renaming this award is to remember Kurt’s legacy of leadership, servanthood, and sponsorship for years to come through the OWBA D&I Sponsor Award.”