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Kentucky lawyer to receive ABA GPSolo award for making a difference through service to the profession


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Kentucky lawyer to receive ABA GPSolo award for making a difference through service to the profession

By Irma Romero

CHICAGO, Sept 30, 2013 — Marcia Milby Ridings, an attorney from London, Ky., will receive one of the American Bar Association Solo, Small Firm and General Practice Division’s 2013 Difference Makers Awards for “making a difference through service to the profession.”

Ridings, an insurance litigation attorney with Hamm, Milby & Ridings since 1979, is being honored for her work advancing the legal profession and breaking barriers along the way. 

“Ridings has blazed a path of a series of firsts. She was the first woman in eastern Kentucky to litigate full time, and in 1986, she became the first woman on the Board of Governors of the Kentucky Bar Association. She ultimately became the first female president of the Kentucky Bar Association in 1995,” said Judge Jennifer A. Rymell, ABA GPSolo chair. “Her bar service is prolific. We are honored to present Ridings with this award.” 

Ridings is a member of the ABA House of Delegates. She also was recently elected as woman at-large member of the ABA Board of Governors.   

A graduate of the University of Kentucky College of Law and a former high school teacher, Ridings is deeply involved in her local community. She serves on the Girl Scout Council, the Kentucky Council on Postsecondary Education and the boards of the Laurel County Library, Kentucky Educational Television, the Baptist Healthcare System, the Kentucky Chamber of Commerce and Lawyers Mutual Insurance Co. of Kentucky. She is also chair of the Baptist Regional Medical Center.

Ridings will be presented with her award during the Difference Makers Awards program on Oct. 4 at GPSolo’s 8th Annual National Solo and Small Firm Conference in Lexington, Ky. 

With more than 22,500 members, the ABA Solo, Small Firm and General Practice Division is committed to providing unique resources exclusively for solo, small-firm and general practitioners, who represent half of the nation’s lawyers. For more information on ABA GPSolo, go to

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