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  • 06 Jun 2013 11:35 PM | Kim Fantaci (Administrator)

    The Board of Governors of the Ohio State Bar Association (OSBA) today announced the unanimous selection of Mary Amos Augsburger as the OSBA’s new executive director. She will assume the duties of executive director on July 1, 2013.

    Augsburger succeeds Denny L. Ramey who will retire at the end of June after an impressive 33-year tenure with the OSBA. She becomes only the fourth executive director in the OSBA’s 133-year history. 

    “The OSBA has a national reputation for service to its members and its entrepreneurial spirit, so it was important to select a new executive director to carry on that proud tradition,” said OSBA President Judge Pat Fischer. “A unanimous board selected Mary with an eye on the future to help us continue to meet the needs of Ohio lawyers and the clients they serve.”

    Augsburger most recently has served as legislative counsel for the OSBA.  Prior to joining the Association, she served as chief counsel in the Ohio Senate, chief counsel for the Ohio Division of Financial Institutions and director of policy and public affairs for the Ohio Auditor of State.

    Augsburger earned her law degree from Capital University and her undergraduate degree from The Ohio State University.  She and husband Ryan reside in Upper Arlington, Ohio, and have a new son, Alex. 

    “I am looking forward to working with our leadership, our members, and our talented staff to continue the Association’s great work and to prepare the OSBA for both the challenges and the opportunities that lie ahead,” said Augsburger. 

    The Ohio State Bar Association, founded in 1880, is a voluntary association representing approximately 25,000 members of the bench and bar of Ohio, as well as nearly 4,000 paralegals and law students. Through its activities and the activities of its related organizations, the OSBA serves both its members and the public by promoting the highest standards in the practice of law and the administration of justice.

    From the date of its founding, the Association’s objectives, according to its Constitution, have been to:

                 Advance the science of jurisprudence;

                 Promote improvement of the law and administration of justice;

                 Uphold integrity, honor and courtesy in the legal profession and encourage and enforce adherence to high standards of professional conduct;

                 Take positions on matters of public interest as deemed advisable;

                 Encourage thorough legal education;

                 Cultivate cordial relations among members of the Bar; and

                 Perpetuate the history of the profession and the Association.

    The OSBA’s core purpose is to advance the professional interests of members of the Ohio State Bar Association. The Association’s core values are member satisfaction, professionalism, foresight and quality services and products. The OSBA’s goal is to make membership in the Ohio State Bar Association indispensable to Ohio lawyers.

  • 06 May 2013 10:15 AM | Kim Fantaci (Administrator)
    Susan E. Petersen, a founding partner of Petersen & Petersen, has been elected to membership in the American Board of Trial Advocates (ABOTA), and the Ohio Chapter of ABOTA. Membership in ABOTA is by invitation only. Prospective members must have at least five years of active experience as trial lawyers, have tried at least 10 civil jury trials to conclusion and have additional litigation experience. They must demonstrate the virtues of civility, integrity and professionalism.

    Since its founding in 1958, ABOTA’s primary mission is the preservation and promotion of the civil jury trial by educating the American public about the history and value of the right to trial by jury. Admission to the national association is limited to experienced trial lawyers and judges who have demonstrated high personal character and an honorable reputation. Its membership includes lawyers from the plaintiff and defense bars, as well as judges from all 50 states, the District of Columbia, and Puerto Rico.

    Susan Petersen was also recently selected for inclusion in Ohio Super Lawyers List for 2013. Only 5 percent of lawyers in the state are named to the Ohio Super Lawyers list. The attorneys on the list are selected after considerable polling and peer evaluation efforts with detailed research that evaluates each candidate based on 12 indications of peer recognition and professional achievement. The process to be named to the Super Lawyers list involves checks and balances that produce a well-rounded and diverse listing of attorneys.

    The objective of Super Lawyers is to create a list that is useful to consumers of legal services and is a credible rating system to be used in choosing legal counsel. Inclusion on this list is not a guarantee of quality, but is one piece of information that consumers can consider when searching for a lawyer.

    These are just two in a list of Attorney Petersen’s accolades which include selection for a second time to the National Trial Lawyers Association’s list of Ohio’s Top 100 Trial Lawyers; a 2009 selection by Crain’s Cleveland Business Magazine to its prestigious list of Forty under 40, and certified membership in the Million Dollar Advocates Forum, recognized as the most prestigious group of trial lawyers in the United States. She is currently serving a ninth term on the Board of Directors of the Cleveland Academy of Trial Attorneys, and a fourth term on the Board of Trustees for the Ohio Association for Justice. She previously served as President of the Ohio Women’s Bar Association.

    Susan Petersen continues to focus her practice in the representation of injury victims in the areas of wrongful death, medical malpractice, personal injury, product liability, nursing home negligence, automobile accident, and employment discrimination matters. Over the years, she has handled cases resulting in substantial compensation awards for injured clients all over Ohio, including Cuyahoga, Lake and Geauga Counties, and her hometown of Youngstown
  • 01 May 2013 1:54 PM | Kim Fantaci (Administrator)

    Columbus, Ohio -- On May 2, 2013, the Ohio Women’s Bar Foundation (OWBF) will swear in its 4th President, Marilena DiSilvio, of Cleveland, Ohio.

    After a career as a registered nurse, Marilena joined Reminger Co., L.P.A. in 1997. Her background and experience made her an invaluable leader in the firm's Medical Malpractice and Healthcare Law Practice Group. Marilena has significant experience in the representation of healthcare providers and healthcare facilities and has tried over 40 medical malpractice cases. She also has expertise in Healthcare Law.

    From an administrative standpoint, Marilena is a member of the firm's executive and management committees. She is also responsible for managing the nurse consultants throughout the firm and is intimately involved with the education and mentoring of the firm's young lawyers.

    Marilena has been recognized as both an Ohio Rising Star and as an Ohio Super Lawyer multiple times. She has also been recognized by Marquis 'Who's Who of American Women.' Marilena has been elected to the American Board of Trial Advocates (ABOTA). She is also a 2011-12 OWBF Leadership Institute class member.

  • 01 May 2013 12:49 PM | Kim Fantaci (Administrator)
    Columbus, Ohio -- On May 2, 2013, the Ohio Women’s Bar Association (OWBA) will swear in its 22nd President, Magistrate Judge Stephanie Bowman of Cincinnati, Ohio. 
    Magistrate Judge Stephanie K. Bowman was born in Kankakee, Illinois. She received her B.A. in Political Science from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign in 1997 and received her J.D. from DePaul University, College of Law in 2000.

    Magistrate Judge Bowman spent the first year of her legal career practicing immigration law at McKinney & Namei. In late 2001, she joined Barrett & Weber, LPA as an associate attorney where her practice focused on the fields of estate planning, zoning, real estate, business transactions and litigation. She joined the court family in 2006 as a chambers law clerk to the Honorable Michael R. Barrett. Magistrate Judge Bowman was appointed to her first eight-year term as a United States Magistrate Judge for the Southern District of Ohio on October 29, 2010.

    Magistrate Judge Bowman is President of the Ohio Women's Bar Association, a Fellow of the Cincinnati Academy of Leadership for Lawyers and member of the Steering Committee, a member of the Cincinnati Bar Association, a member of the Federal Magistrate Judges Association, and a member of the Potter Stewart Inn of Court. Magistrate Judge Bowman was named an Ohio Rising Star by Super Lawyers in 2005.
  • 22 Apr 2013 8:44 AM | Kim Fantaci (Administrator)

    Our Pro Bono Legal Clinic at the YWCA Family Center will be conducted next Tuesday, April 23, 2013, and we invite you to participate with us to provide legal counsel to homeless families in a brief-advice clinic format. We will begin seeing clients at 6:15 p.m., and we usually receive 20-25 clients during the evening at which we endeavor to conclude by 8:00 p.m.

    Clients present with concerns involving domestic/family law issues, criminal expungement questions, landlord/tenant disputes, creditor or bankruptcy struggles, and other challenges. If you are available, we would love for you to attend. Please reply to this e-mail by or before next Monday, April 22nd.

    The YWCA Family Center is located at 900 Harvey Court, off Fifth Avenue between Leonard Avenue and Nelson Road. The property is surrounded by iron fencing and there is security personnel in place. When you arrive at the Center, please enter through the “Volunteer Entrance” which is located approximately 20 yards away from the main entrance. The staff of the YWCA will ask you to sign in.

    If you have any questions or concerns, please do not hesitate to contact me. Please remember that I am not able to access this e-mail account during daytime business hours, but I will respond to you in the evenings or over the weekend.

    I look forward to hearing from you, and working with you on Tuesday!

  • 04 Apr 2013 3:06 PM | Kim Fantaci (Administrator)
    The Ohio Supreme Court appointed actuary Sally W. Cuni as the first woman and first non-lawyer to head the Clients’ Security Fund Board of Commissioners. The board is an agency of the state’s Supreme Court that compensates clients of dishonest attorneys when a theft has occurred or when an attorney dies before he or she is able to complete the required work. Read more
  • 21 Mar 2013 10:08 AM | Kim Fantaci (Administrator)
    Retired U.S. Supreme Court Justice Sandra Day O’Connor spoke to members and guests of the Chief Justice Thomas J. Moyer Legacy Foundation about civic discourse through education at the Thomas J. Moyer Ohio Judicial Center on March 19. Read more.
  • 20 Mar 2013 1:39 PM | Kim Fantaci (Administrator)
    Below is the from the Ohio Women's Bar Association Network Newsletter, President's Message by Michelle Proia Roe. It appeared in the Winter 2013 issue.

    Recently, Ohio admitted new attorneys into our profession. Almost 18 years ago, I remember being in the same seat, very uncertain about my future prospects. I sat for two bar exams in an attempt to increase my job chances. While most of my classmates at Pitt Law School finished up with Day 2 (and the final day) of their Pennsylvania Bar Exam, I headed with two classmates to New Jersey to sit for a third day for the New Jersey Bar Exam.

    I worked two jobs after graduating from law school while I was waiting for my bar exam results. During the day, I handled wire transfers at Mellon Bank in Pittsburgh. I’d transfer huge sums of money internationally for lucrative bank customers. My 8-5 job would end, and then I’d race by foot across town to work my evening job starting at 5:30 p.m. I worked at Macy’s at night and collected on past due accounts. My shift would end at 9 p.m. and again I would rush to take the bus back to my apartment for an hour long, stop-and-go ride home. I could not afford my own car yet. Macy’s was also my weekend job, as I worked seven days a week.

    I remember sitting in my apartment often worried about how I was going to pay next month’s rent. I was debating about whether I should move back to my hometown in upstate New York, and I know my parents were probably growing quite anxious with my situation. I always tried to hide my fear when I spoke with them. No one was really interested in interviewing you for a real legal job unless and until you passed the bar. When I ripped open that envelope from the Pennsylvania Supreme Court in late November, I was so happy to get the good news.

    Unfortunately, many firms were not hiring over the holiday season, but interviews picked up a bit in January. Attorney Fred Mercer gave me a chance and hired me as a plaintiff’s personal injury lawyer in his small office, and I was proud even though I made far less as a new attorney than our office secretary. I worked until at least 8 p.m. every week night and showed up to the office every Saturday so Fred and I could review case updates from the week. I was still relying on the city bus system, and I just dreaded snowstorms since that meant I could be waiting at least two hours for a bus to appear. That job gave me client contact and put me in court almost every day of the week, which I now know was priceless.

    I was offered an opportunity to go in-house only a few years out of school after I decided to speak with a recruiter. Being a business lawyer was my dream. The position was in Wheeling, West Virginia, which meant a 90-minute commute each way on a good traffic day from my Pittsburgh apartment. Luckily, I was able to afford a used car by then. I took the job, even though they would only initially hire me as a temporary attorney on a three-month probationary period. I would not have benefits, and I would not be guaranteed a permanent position. I trusted my gut, accepted the challenge and transformed into a corporate lawyer.

    My struggles did not end then, nor do I expect them to completely dissipate during the remainder of my career. I am where I am today not in spite of what I went through, but because of what I went through. I worked hard and always did more than what was expected of me. I believed in myself and, when I started to doubt, I relied on the love of my family to get me through. The same stands true today.
  • 18 Mar 2013 8:36 AM | Kim Fantaci (Administrator)
    Among old adages about lawyers, one often heard is that those who would represent themselves have a fool for a client. And, on a related note, there’s a common view that lawyers should not serve on boards of directors--lest they run into conflicts about making strategic decisions versus giving legal advice. Read more
  • 14 Mar 2013 2:10 PM | Kim Fantaci (Administrator)
    The Ohio Women's Bar Foundation is now accepting applications for the Leadership Institute. The Deadline is April 15, 2013.

    The Leadership Institute is a program of the Ohio Women’s Bar Foundation. It was created by top women leaders in Ohio to assist women lawyers in developing their leadership skills. The Leadership Institute is very proud of the notable women leaders serving on our Advisory Committee.

    Why a Leadership Institute for Women?
    Oftentimes, law firms and corporations do not invest money in leadership training for attorneys. Even if the firm or corporation does provide leadership training, such training is unlikely to focus on the particular challenges that women face on their career path. The Leadership Institute is designed to lend a hand and to help women who are emerging leaders with practical knowledge and strategies on business development so as to attain significant leadership roles.

    Our Mission
    The mission of the Leadership Institute is to advance inclusiveness within the legal profession and supplement the professional skills of women lawyers by enhancing their leadership, business development, and communication skills for the benefit of the diverse communities in which they work, live, and serve.

    The Program
    You will receive betw
    een 20-24 hours of CLE credit (pending). All sessions are 9:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. and will be held in Central Ohio. For the convenience of those applying, below are the dates of the sessions. Candidates are required to attend all sessions. Click here for an application.

    Session 1: Rainmaking and Practical Business Development Strategies
    September 19-20, 2013
    Hilton Columbus/Polaris
    (Includes an afternoon ice breaker, evening dinner and lodging if needed on Sept. 19 and a full day session on Sept. 20)

    Session 2: Executive Coaching, Branding and Career Strategy
    October 17, 2013

    Session 3: Public Speaking
    November 21, 2013

    Session 4: Effective Communication
    January 16, 2014

    Session 5: Social Media
    February 20, 2014

    Session 6: Effective Leadership
    March 20, 2014

    Graduation: May 22, 2014

    Cost: $1,250
    Class size: 14-17 members
    Requirements: 5+ years in practice and OWBA member
    Application deadline: April 15, 2013

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