2014 Award Recipients
Attorney in the Public and Non-Profit Sector Award Recipient – Dianna Parker Howie
Dianna Parker Howie’s career exemplifies a strong commitment to public interest work. A former PILF president, Dianna volunteered with local public interest organizations throughout law school. After graduation, she was an Equal Justice Works Fellow for two years, where she worked on education advocacy for students experiencing homelessness. Dianna then joined Legal Aid’s housing team for more than four years, representing low-income tenants in eviction actions and subsidy terminations. In 2012, Dianna became Legal Aid’s Pro Bono Coordinator, a position that allows her to improve the lives of and empower low-income residents and senior citizens of Columbus by connecting them with high-quality pro bono legal representation. Dianna has maintained a strong connection with Moritz, frequently speaking at PILF events and helping increase and facilitate Moritz student involvement in volunteer activities with Legal Aid. In 2013, the College recognized her contributions when she was awarded the Alumni Public Service Award for Commitment to Promoting and Providing Access to the Justice System.
Attorney in the Private Sector Award Recipient – Stephen E. Chappelear
Steve Chappelear has demonstrated an outstanding commitment to the Columbus legal community throughout his career. Steve is currently the senior litigator in Frost Brown Todd’s Columbus office, with over thirty-six years of litigation experience. He is a past president of the Ohio State Bar Association, the Columbus Bar Association, and the Ohio State Bar Foundation, and remains active in a variety of other organizations. Steve is a participant in the CBA Lawyers for Justice volunteer pro bono program and regularly represents clients in pro bono matters. A graduate of The Ohio State University and Moritz College of Law, Steve maintains a strong connection to his alma mater. He is a past president of the OSU Moritz College of Law Alumni Society, and currently serves on the law school’s National Council and on the Board of Directors of the Ohio State University Alumni Association. Steve has participated in the Mentoring and More program at Moritz and served as a volunteer judge in appellate advocacy, trial advocacy, and negotiation competitions. He has been a strong supporter of PILF over the years and has been instrumental in securing funding for a number of PILF fellowships.