Awards criteria
 

We hold a high standard because it makes our awards more meaningful. Consider the criteria below, then nominate an attorney or community member who makes extraordinary effort.   NOMINATE BY JUNE 1.


Ritter Award

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 which improve the justice system in Ohio.

 

Ramey Award for Distinguished Community Service

Given annually to an Ohio attorney whose career has been exemplified by: dedication of the goals and values sought to be furthered by the Foundation; a lifetime of service to the public and the community; and integrity, honor, courtesy and professionalism. This service must be outside the recipients' practice of law and must be given without compensation.


Outstanding Program or Organization Award

Given annually to a program or organization that promotes the dissemination of information about, increase access to, and/or generates improvements in the Ohio justice system.  



Community Service Award for Attorneys 40 and Under

This award is presented to attorneys, 40 years of age or younger, who contribute substantial time and effort in service to a local social service, or a local civic, artistic or cultural organization. The service must be outside the recipients’ practice of law and must be given without compensation. Emphasis is placed on current service. Recipients should represent the ideals of the legal profession and, by example, be a credit to the profession. NOTE: This award is presented to honorees in each of the OSBA Districts. The statewide award recipient is chosen from these district honorees.