September 01, 2016 GPSolo | Column

Solo, Small Firm And General Practice Division News: 2016 Difference Makers Award Winners

Congratulations to GPSolo’s 2016 Difference Makers Award winners, who are being honored at the 2016 Solo & Small Firm Summit in Cincinnati, Ohio, on September 30. The Difference Makers Awards recognize extraordinary lawyers who “made a difference” by breaking down barriers and through community service, pro bono work, and service to the profession.

The Difference Maker Award is being given to Jill P. Meyer of Cincinnati, Ohio. Meyer is president and CEO of the Cincinnati USA Regional Chamber, one of the largest metro chambers in the nation, leading it on a course designed specifically to grow the vibrancy and economic prosperity of the Cincinnati region. She is focused on partnering the Chamber with its members and other key organizations committed to driving future success for the region.

The Making a Difference by Breaking Barriers Award is being given to Judge Nathaniel R. Jones (Ret.) of Cincinnati, Ohio. Following his retirement in March 2002 from the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Sixth Circuit, Judge Jones assumed an of counsel position with Blank Rome LLP. From December 2006 through June 2011 he served as the firm’s first chief diversity and inclusion officer. In addition, he serves as honorary co-chair and director of the National Underground Railroad Freedom Center in Cincinnati, after serving as co-chair until its opening in August 2004.

The Making a Difference Through Service to the Community Award is being given to Robert S. Tintner of Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. Tintner is a litigation partner with Fox Rothschild LLP. A leader in the community, he serves on Philadelphia VIP’s Tangled Title Fund, a program funded by the City of Philadelphia’s Office of Housing and Community Development to help prevent homelessness and urban blight. The Tangled Title Fund is vital to keeping people in their homes. He also co-chairs the Pro Bono Committee at Fox Rothschild, a national law firm with 750 practicing attorneys from coast to coast.

The Making a Difference through Pro Bono Work Award is being given to Angela Vigil of Miami, Florida. Vigil is a partner and executive director at Baker & McKenzie, LLP. She focuses her practice on children’s law, civil rights, and criminal law. She frequently lectures at various national and international conferences on issues related to professional responsibility in children’s law, juvenile justice practice, the representation of juvenile sex offenders, the transfer of children to adult criminal court, and interviewing and counseling child clients. She is chair of the ABA Commission on Domestic and Sexual Violence and a member of the ABA Working Group on Unaccompanied Minor Immigrants.

The Making a Difference Through Service to the Profession Award is being given to William K. Weisenberg of Columbus, Ohio. Weisenberg is senior policy advisor to the Ohio State Bar Association. From 1990 to 1997 he served on the Ohio Commission on Dispute Resolution and Conflict Management as an appointee of the Chief Justice of the Ohio Supreme Court, and from 1993 to 1997 he served on the ABA Special Committee on Funding the Justice System. He served as chair of the ABA Standing Committee on Judicial Independence (2008–2011) and is co-chair of the National Center for State Courts National Ad Hoc Advisory Committee on Judicial Campaign Oversight. He recently served as the co–vice chair of the ABA Task Force on the Preservation of the Justice System.