LIMA — Allen County Bar Association members learned from Ohio Supreme Court Justice Sharon Kennedy about recent decisions by Ohio’s high court Friday afternoon at the monthly meeting.
Kennedy was elected to the Supreme Court in 2012, winning all 88 counties and 73% of the vote.
“Any time you can get a Supreme Court Justice to come to your organization to speak, that’s an important thing,” said Tony Geiger, president of the bar association.
Kennedy gave an hour-long presentation on civil cases the Supreme Court has ruled on since being elected. Her presentation included what she thought are the most noteworthy cases in the topics of construction, contracts, estate planning, family law, health, labor and employment, oil and gas, real estate, workers’ compensation and zoning.
The presentation is one that Kennedy gives often, and Geiger specially asked her to speak on this topic because of the wide variety it offered.
“We have members who do a lot of different types of law, so she was able to condense a lot of various aspects of law into an hour’s talk,” Geiger explained. “It gives us a broad base of legal education.”
An estimated 55 Allen County Bar Association members were in attendance, earning educational credits in the Continuing Legal Education Program.
Kennedy was a presenter at one of last year’s meetings, and the association enjoyed her so much they asked her back for this month’s meeting.
“Last year, I was in Lima and did an hour-long presentation on professionalism. They called me and said, ‘Would you like to come back? We had such a good time.’”
She said getting out in the community to speak with statewide bars is an honor she enjoys. In addition to professionalism and civil cases, Kennedy gives presentations on criminal cases and on substance abuse across the state to local bar associations.
“To me, it’s about connecting with a local bar,” Kennedy said. “I am one of them. I shouldn’t be looked upon higher because of what I do for a living. I should be real to them, be accessible, and help them give to their association.”
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