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Sally W. Bloomfield '69 Takes Reins of Columbus Bar Association

Alex Lagusch, Sally Bloomfield and Charles C. Warner
Sally W. Bloomfield '69 flanked by Alex Lagusch, Columbus Bar Association Executive Director (left) and Charles C. Warner '70 at swearing-in ceremony

Before a crowd of 400 Columbus attorneys and friends on June 3, Sally W. Bloomfield '69 took the leadership reins of the Columbus Bar Association (CBA). Her term of office will reflect her personal commitment to service.

"Whatever form it takes, the new (Ohio) requirement will elevate pro bono work from 'extra' to 'essential.' It is our job to create an infrastructure and support network within the Columbus Bar Association so we can embrace our full role as attorneys in our community. This is not a burden - it is an important opportunity for the legal profession to turn our eyes, minds, hearts and hands toward legal needs that are not being met, and there are many," she said drawing on her own experience.

In addition to membership in the pro bono program of the CBA's Lawyers for Justice Program, Sally has served the community in a variety of leadership roles including board and/or officer responsibilities for the American Red Cross, Salvation Army, Franklin County Mental Health Board, United Way of Franklin County, Community Housing Network, YWCA, and Riverfront Housing Network. In 1988, Sally chaired the group that built the Columbus Convention Center.

Her service to profession is equally prolific. At the state level, Sally is a member of the Ohio State Bar Association's (OSBA) Council of Delegates and past chair of its Public Utilities Committee. In 2001, OSBA honored Sally's lifetime contributions to the Ohio Bar with the Nettie Cronise Lutes Award. She is a past president of the Ohio State Bar Foundation and recipient of its Distinguished Service Award.

Sally is a past member of the CBA's Ethics and Grievance Mediation Committee. In 2002, she received the CBA's Bar Service Medal in recognition of her long history of distinguished service to the bar. She is a past president of the Columbus Bar Foundation and recipient of its first Distinguished Service Award.

The Ohio State University has benefited from her leadership as well. Daughter of one Moritz graduate and mother of another, Sally's loyalty runs deep. She is the current chair of the Moritz College of Law's National Alumni Council. She was just elected to the steering committee of The Ohio State University Alumni Advisory Council. Sally has served on the boards of the OSU Alumni Association and the Friends of WOSU. In 1996, Sally was honored by Ohio State with its Citizenship Award.

Citizenship is another thrust of Sally's term. She has promised to counter current attacks on the judiciary with sound information for the public, including the Columbus Bar's annual judicial performance and judicial preference polls. "We are talking about a political issue, but not a partisan one. The role of an independent judiciary is critical to our democracy - to any democracy - and it must be protected," she said in bar ceremony remarks.

Sally is a partner at the law firm of Bricker & Eckler and chairs its Energy, Telecommunications and Water practice. Classmates and friends wishing to congratulate her can reach Sally at http://www.bricker.com/legalservices/attorney/bios/SBLOO.asp