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Ohio State Bar Foundation honors Keller Blackburn for community service

Columbus, OH (April 1, 2015) – Keller Blackburn will receive the Ohio State Bar Foundation’s Community Service Award for Attorneys 40 & Under for District 17 this April.

As Athens County Prosecutor, Blackburn has had caseloads as high as 240 in a year.  As prosecuting attorney, he works to ensure justice is done, and as community member, he also wants to develop a strong community in which to live and raise a family.  To do so, he has launched the Community Justice Initiative program to expand drug and alcohol treatment, to steer offenders toward productive lives while avoiding prison, to stop the cycle of recidivism, and to engage all members of society in community crime prevention efforts.  “My job is to do the next right thing for society, be it in the courtroom or in the community.”

Those efforts include the establishment through the Athens Foundation of the Keller Fresh Start Fund to address Athens’s County drug problem as well as his involvement in Rotary, the Nelsonville Area Chamber of Commerce, the Nelsonville Parade of Hills and the Trimble Township Bridgebuilders.

Blackburn graduated from The Ohio State University in 2002 with a degree in political science.  He then received his J.D. in 2006 from the Cleveland-Marshall College of Law.  He currently sits on the Legislative Committee, Executive Committee, and Public Relations Committee of the Ohio Prosecuting Attorneys Association as well as serving on the Supreme Court Task Force on the Funding of Ohio Courts. He is also a member of the Ohio State Bar Association.

About the Award

The Community Service Award for Attorneys 40 and Under is presented to attorneys, 40 years of age or younger, who contribute substantial time and effort in service to a local social service or to a local civil, artistic or cultural organization.  The service must be outside the recipients’ practice of law and given without compensation.  Emphasis is placed on current service.  Recipients represent the ideals of the legal profession and, by example, are a credit to the profession. 

About the Ohio State Bar Foundation

The Ohio State Bar Foundation is a 501(c) (3) public charity that works to advance the law and build a better justice system.  Through our grants and programs, we educate and perform outreach to the public to make the law fair for all Ohioans.  For more information about the Ohio State Bar Foundation, please visit www.osbf.net

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