Stanley to be honored by State Bar Foundation

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James K. Stanley

James K. Stanley

COLUMBUS, Ohio — Meigs County Prosecutor James K. Stanley will be among those honored on Friday evening by the Ohio State Bar Foundation.

The Ohio State Bar Foundation (OSBF) will recognize honorees at its Annual Awards Dinner on Oct. 4 at The Exchange at Bridge Park, Dublin.

This year’s honorees include an attorney who has greatly improved the lives of inmates, another who has given selflessly to more than a dozen non-profit agencies, an organization that fights tirelessly for crime victims and an attorney that is on the front lines of fighting the opioid epidemic.

Stnaley will receive the Statewide Community Service Award for Attorneys 40 & Under.

The event is a gathering of all OSBF Fellows, board members, friends and the public from across the state. Attendees will learn more about the individuals and organizations that have impacted Ohio and its residents through the Foundation’s grant-making arm.

“Our honorees this year have made extraordinary contributions in changing lives, while furthering the Foundation’s mission of improving access to justice and helping the public better understand the rule of law,” said Rob Ware, president of the Foundation. “These honorees exemplify the best that Ohio has to offer in upholding the ideals of selfless public service for the greater good.”

Honorees include:

Statewide Community Service Award for Attorneys 40 & Under: James K. Stanley, Meigs County Prosecuting Attorney, Pomeroy

Mr. Stanley has passionately combated the opioid epidemic and addiction crisis in Meigs County, Ohio and has taken proactive measures to prevent addiction and assist recovery before individuals enter the legal system.

Ritter Award Winner: Richard F. Swope with Swope and Swope, Attorneys at Law, Reynoldsburg

The Ritter Award is the highest honor awarded by the Foundation, given to an attorney for a life time of service. Mr. Swope has spent six decades representing clients, advocating for inmate rights by helping to provide better access to Ohio’s legal system.

Ramey Award for Distinguished Community Service: Donald H. Messinger, Thompson Hine, LLP, Cleveland

This award is given to an Ohio attorney whose career has been exemplified by dedication to public and community service, integrity, honor, courtesy and professionalism. Recipient Donald Messinger has undertaken significant volunteer leadership roles with multiple charitable organizations in Northeast Ohio, including United Way of Greater Cleveland, Legal Aid, Gateway Economic Development Corporation, Circle Health Services and the Cleveland Hearing and Speech Center.

Outstanding Program or Organization Award: Ohio Crime Victim Justice Center, Powell, Cincinnati and Cleveland

Given annually, this award highlights a program or organization that promotes improvement in the Ohio justice system. This year’s recipient, the Ohio Crime Victim Justice Center, is a state-wide non-profit organization that ensures that Ohio state and federal crime victims are treated fairly during the criminal justice process.

John and Ginny Elam Pro Bono Award: Michele Sherrin, Medina

The John and Ginny Elam Pro Bono Award recognizes a lawyer’s exceptional pro bono legal work in the state of Ohio. This year’s recipient, Michele Sherrin has been a long-standing Community Legal Aid volunteer. While maintaining a busy legal practice, Michele has provided pro bono services for the past 10 years to clients with a variety of legal issues.

“We have an outstanding group of award recipients this year,” said Lori Keating, executive director of the Ohio State Bar Foundation. “Each individual and organization has contributed their time, talents and expertise in helping so many Ohioans better their lives. We are deeply honored to recognize them for their contributions.”

About the Ohio State Bar Foundation

The Ohio State Bar Foundation is a 501(c)(3) grantmaking organization, and the largest bar foundation in the U.S. The OSBF works to advance the law and build a better justice system by awarding more than $750,000 in grants annually to non-profit organizations across the state of Ohio. For more information about the Ohio State Bar Foundation, or to donate to the organization, please visit

Information provided by the Ohio State Bar Foundation.

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