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Anderson receives Ohio State Bar Foundation’s highest honor

Columbus, OH (September 15, 2016) –Sandra J. Anderson will receive the Ritter Award at the Ohio State Bar Foundation’s Annual Awards Dinner on October 7 at the Embassy Suites Columbus-Dublin. This honor is given annually to an Ohio attorney whose career has been exemplified by a lifetime of service to the legal profession.

Anderson has always been competitive but she went to a small, consolidated high school in southern Ohio with no female athletic teams (pre Title IX days). The school, however, did offer an interscholastic, competitive debate team. This early debate experience and her acquired love of research, advocacy and problem-solving were further developed when she competed for the Ohio University’s Forensics Team. Going to law school at Northwestern after such training was a natural next step. She believed law was a way to promote integrity and honor on issues that matter.

After law school, Anderson clerked for Judge George Edwards, U.S. Court of Appeals for the Sixth Circuit. From there, she went on to practice civil litigation with Columbus-based Vorys, Sater, Seymour and Pease, LLP, for 33 years. She finished her legal career as the associate vice president and deputy general counsel for The Ohio State University Office of Legal Affairs.

“In the course of her highly successful civil practice, she set a standard of professional excellence and won the confidence of courts, clients and colleagues,” said John J. Kulewicz who wrote in support of Anderson’s nomination. He added, “Anderson has shown strong leadership, sound judgement and a genuine commitment to the public good.”

Anderson serves as current board chair of the Equality Ohio Education Fund, an organization that advocates and educates to achieve fair treatment and equal opportunity for all Ohioans regardless of their sexual orientation, gender identity or expression. Alana Jochum, Equality Ohio’s executive director said, “Sandra is a warm, calm, competent attorney and an advocate of social justice. We are proud and deeply humbled to have her as our Board Chair.”

As president of the Columbus Bar Association in 1996, Anderson became the first woman elected in its 125 history. She then served as president of the Columbus Bar Foundation and as a board trustee for the Ohio State Bar Foundation, Life Success Seminars, and for the New Directions Career Center. She has also been a delegate on the Ohio State Bar Association’s Council of Delegates, a Fellow of the American College of Trial Lawyers, and an adjunct professor in Trial Advocacy for the Moritz College of Law at The Ohio State University. Appointed by Chief Justice Thomas Moyer, she served for six years on the Ohio Supreme Court Board of Commissioners on Grievances and Discipline, including as chair in her final year.  In addition, she served on Ohio University’s Board of Trustees for nine years, twice as chair. She currently serves on the Ohio University Foundation Board.

About the Award 

The Ritter Award is the highest honor awarded by the Foundation. This award is given for a lifetime of service. The award recognizes the accomplishments of the honoree in attaining and promoting the highest level of professionalism, integrity and ethics in the practice of law while assisting other attorneys, the courts and the public to envision and cause changes that improve the justice system in Ohio.

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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