It started with a speech by Justice Alice Robie Resnick, April 1991, that sparked the idea about establishing a statewide women’s bar association. Nurtured by Justice Resnick, the Hon- orable Patricia Hemann and Pamela Hagle Hultin, this spark turned into a vision and on Sept. 23, 1991, the Ohio Women’s Bar Association became a re- ality. Twenty-six women attended that first meeting. They, along with the firstclass of founding members, are hon- ored with this award.
The Ohio Women’s Bar Association honors Chief Justice Maureen O’Connor with the Founders’ Award honoring her achievements and professional excel- lence in the legal profession.
The Founders' Award is OWBA's high- est recognition for professional excel- lence. Established in 1998, the first recipient of the award was one of OWBA founders, Justice Alice Robie Resnick. The Founders' Award is pre- sented to an outstanding OWBA mem- ber who has contributed to the OWBA and the legal profession, has rendered services to improve the administration of justice, and has helped pave the way for women in the legal profession. In addition, the award acknowledges the recipient's willingness to give back to the legal community, as well as the general public, while demonstrating professional excellence.
Founders’ Award Recipients:
Justice Alice Robie Resnick (1998) Pamela N. Hultin (1999)
Magistrate Judge Patricia A. Hemann (2000)
Barbara J. Smith (2001) Louise P. Dempsey (2002)
Magistrate Judge Vernelis K. Armstrong (2003)
Sandra J. Anderson (2004)
Mickey Rabin (2005)
Joyce D. Edelman (2006)
Holly Taft Sydlow and Kerin Lyn Kaminski (2007)
Judge Mary Jane Trapp (2009)
Sponsors for this prestigious event in- clude Kohrman Jackson & Krantz PLL; Porter Wright Morris & Arthur LLP; Chester Willcox & Saxbe, LLP; Mac Murray Petersen & Shuster; Weltman, Weinberg & Reis Co., L.P.A.; Thacker Martinsek; Vorys, Sater, Seymour and Pease LLP; The University of Akron School of Law; Kegler, Brown, Hill & Ritter; Cooper & Walinski, LPA; and Weston Hurd LLP.