Two alumni honored for public service contributions at annual PILF auction
Two Central Ohio alumni were honored for their contributions to public service at The Ohio State University Moritz College of Law Public Interest Law Foundation’s (PILF) Annual Auction on March 5.
Sally Bloomfield ’69, partner at Bricker & Eckler, and Eugene King ’83, former director of the Ohio Poverty Law Center, were presented with the PILF Excellence in Public Service Award for their positive influence and impact on the Columbus community. Each year two alumni from both the public and private sectors who display the spirit of public interest work, whether through their career achievements or through volunteer activities, are selected for the award.
Bloomfield was chosen as the attorney in the private sector honoree for her work in helping to establish the YWCA Family Center Pro Bono Legal Aid Clinic and her personal commitment to pro bono work in the Columbus community. Bloomfield serves as pro bono coordinator at Bricker & Eckler, where she works to encourage firm members to volunteer on projects such as the Volunteer Resource Center (VRC), Legal Aid Society of Columbus (LASC)-sponsored interfaith clinics, and the annual Homeless Veterans Stand Down legal clinic.
King was selected as the attorney in the public and nonprofit sector honoree for his career-long dedication to public service. He recently retired from his role as director of the Ohio Poverty Law Center, a nonprofit organization that seeks to expand, protect, and enforce the legal rights of low-income Ohioans. Before that King served as director of the Ohio State Law Legal Services Association. Throughout his career, King has fought to expand access to health care for low-income Ohio residents, including the more than two million now receiving Medicaid. He has worked closely over the years with PILF, the Pro Bono Research Group, and other student organizations at Moritz to encourage and support students in their pursuit of public interest legal careers.
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