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Retired Justice Stratton among Ohio State Bar honorees

Special to the Legal News

Published: August 11, 2017

Retired Ohio Supreme Court Justice Evelyn Lundberg Stratton is among the Ohio attorneys to be honored for their contributions to the legal profession at the Ohio State Bar Foundation's Annual Awards Dinner, scheduled for Oct. 6.

Ahead of the event at the Nationwide Hotel and Conference Center in Lewis Center, the foundation has announced the slate of honorees for the 2017 Ritter Award, Statewide Community Service Award for Attorneys 40 & Under, Ramey Award for Distinguished Community Service and Outstanding Program or Organization Award.

Worthington resident Stratton, who currently practices law at the Columbus offices of Vorys, Sater, Seymour and Pease LLP, was named this year's recipient of the Ritter Award, the foundation's highest honor.

The honor is to be bestowed on the retired jurist in recognition of a lifetime of service and her accomplishments promoting professionalism, integrity and ethics in the practice of law.

Attorney Michael Kelley, who practices at the Columbus firm Donald W. Kelley & Associates, has been named winner of the Statewide Community Service Award for Attorneys 40 & Under.

The award recognizes a young attorney's substantial contributions of time and effort in service to a local social service or a local civic, artistic or cultural organization.

Service must be outside the recipients' practice of law and must be given without compensation.

Galion attorney Stephen Tilson, a shareholder of the firm Hottenroth Garverick Tilson & Garverick Co., has been named Ramey Award for Distinguished Community Service, which is awarded to an Ohio attorney whose career has been exemplified by: Dedication to the goals and values sought to be furthered by the foundation; a lifetime of service to the public and to the community; and integrity, honor, courtesy and professionalism.

Service must be outside the recipients' practice of law and must be given without compensation.

The remaining award is expected to go to the Toledo organization called Sisters in Law, which is given annually to a program or organization that promotes dissemination of information about, increases access to, and/or generates improvements in, the Ohio justice system.

The foundation's annual awards dinner is a gathering of all Ohio State Bar Foundation Fellows, board members and friends from across the state, according to the press release announcing the slate of award winners.

Foundation President Andy Storar is expected to offer remarks to attendees and share highlights of the foundation's work over the past year in improving public understanding of the rule of law and building a better justice system.

The Ohio State Bar Foundation is a non-profit, grantmaking organization.

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