OCBA Awards


At the Annual Meeting each year, the OCBA honors our members who have made significant contributions to the OCBA, the legal profession and the community through the presentation of our annual awards. We also recognize our members who have been practicing law for 40 years. 


To view the video of the 2021 Annual Meeting & Awards Ceremony, click on the image above. 


OCBA Annual Awards

Biennial Diversity in the Legal Profession Awards



Distinguished Career Achievement
Hon. Gene Schnelz (posthumously)

Distinguished Public Servant
Hon. Shalina D. Kumar and Hon. Kathleen A. Ryan

Distinguished Service
Kaitlin A. Brown

Allene and Martin Doctoroff Liberty Bell
Darlene King

Michael J. Sullivan

Pro Bono - Lakeshore Legal Aid
LaVonne Bannister Jackson

S. Gerald Gorcyca Meritorious Service to Veterans
Hon. Fred M. Mester (ret.)

Bonnie L. Beutler Outstanding New Lawyer
Katherine R. Schiefer

Committees of the Year
Business Court and Counsel Committee
Diversity and Inclusion Committee


40-Year Honorees
Hon. Michelle Friedman Appel
Thomas G. Appleman
Daniel B. Bates
Michael Burwell
Roger H. Cummings
Michael P. Dean
Albert J. Dib
John A. Dominic
Ernest J. Essad
John A. Forrest 
H. William Freeman
Jack A. Gibson Jr.
Bruce W. Haffey
George J.A. Heitmanis
Heidi D. Hudson
Arthur W. Jalkanen
Joseph E. Kozely Jr.
Eric A. Linden
Betty Lou Lowenthal
Joseph S. Mierzejewski
Denise L. Mitcham
G. Gus Morris
Steven I. Moss
Hon. Colleen A. O’Brien
D. Ann Parker
Steven M. Potter
Carol A. Rosati
Don Lee Rosenberg
Susan J. Sadler
Kay A. Schwarzberg
Richard E. Segal
William R. Seikaly
Katherine Wainright Shensky
John M. Skrzynski
Stephen P. Stella
Joseph W. Thomas
Timothy R. Van Dusen
Etta B. Zivian