September 16, 2016

Ohio lawyer to receive ABA GPSolo Difference Makers Award for service to the profession

CHICAGO, Sept. 16, 2016 — William K. Weisenberg will receive the 2016 Making a Difference through Service to the Profession Award during the American Bar Association GPSolo 2016 Solo & Small Firm Summit on Friday, Sept. 30, in Cincinnati. This award honors an attorney living or deceased who made a significant contribution to the legal profession through service to the profession.

Weisenberg serves as senior policy advisor for the Ohio State Bar Association, having previously served as assistant executive director for public affairs, governmental relations and diversity initiatives.  He is a 1966 graduate of Syracuse University and a 1969 graduate of New York Law School. He is admitted both to the New York and Ohio bars. 

Prior to joining the Ohio State Bar Association staff, he served as chief counsel to the Ohio House of Representatives Judiciary Committee.   

From 1990 to 1997, Weisenberg 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 from 2008 to 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. 

He is a member of the Ohio State Bar Association, American Bar Association and Columbus Bar Association.  He is a Life Fellow of the Ohio State Bar Foundation and a fellow of the Columbus Bar Foundation and American Bar Foundation. He is a member of the National Association of Bar Executives and a former chair of its Governmental Relations Section. He served as the NABE Delegate to the ABA House of Delegates from 2006-13 and currently serves as an OSBA delegate to the House of Delegates.   

In 1997, he received the Ohio Legal Assistance Foundation Presidential Award for his efforts in improving access to justice for Ohio’s poor, the 1998 Ohio Lobbying Association President’s Award, the 2000 Ohio State Bar Foundation Award for Outstanding Research or Service in Law or Government, the 2011 Ohio State Bar Medal, the highest honor given by the Ohio State Bar Association, 2013 ABA Grassroots Advocacy Award, 2013 National Association of Bar Executives Bolton Award for Outstanding Leadership and Ohio Center for Law Related Education 2013 Founders’ Award.  

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