2015 Award Recipients
1. Attorney in the Private Sector Award Recipient:
Sally Bloomfield – Bricker & Eckler
Sally Bloomfield has worked tirelessly in her commitment to pro bono work benefiting the local community. A partner in Bricker & Eckler’s Regulated Industries group, Sally has worked for more than 30 years in the areas of public utility and administrative law all while maintaining an unswerving dedication to her pro bono efforts. As a partner and pro bono coordinator at Bricker & Eckler, she encourages volunteerism within her firm and personally volunteers for projects such as the Volunteer Resource Center (VRC), LASC-sponsored Interfaith Clinics, and the annual Homeless Veterans Stand Down legal clinic. In 2012, Sally partnered with Sherri Lazear of Baker & Hostetler to develop the LASC-sponsored brief advice and referral clinic at the YWCA Family Center, and in addition to regularly volunteering at the clinic herself, she has since ensured that the clinic has been fully staffed with volunteers for its aggressive three-week cycle. Sally continues to expand on her volunteer efforts in order to meet the needs of vulnerable clients. Sally is currently the Chair of the YWCA Endowment Trust and the Franklin County Convention Facilities Authority and is also a member of countless charitable organizations and boards such as the Ohio Legal Assistance Foundation board, the American Red Cross Columbus advisory board, and the National Council to the Moritz College of Law. Sally is a 1969 graduate of The Ohio State University College of Law and currently lives in Columbus with her husband David, who teaches as an adjunct at Moritz.
2. Attorney in the Public Sector and Non-Profit Sector Award Recipient:
Gene King – Ohio Poverty Law Center
Gene King recently retired as Director of the Ohio Poverty Law Center, marking an outstanding career-long dedication to serving low- income Ohioans. From 1982, until his retirement in 2014, Gene was a staff attorney, managing attorney and then director of the legal services state support center at Ohio State Legal Services Association and the Ohio Poverty Law Center. Gene focused his practice on legislative and policy advocacy to expand access to, and payments for, health care for low-income Ohioans, including the more than two million Ohioans now receiving Medicaid. He has been a leader in statewide groups advocating for expanded access and services for low-income health care consumers. For nearly 30 years, he chaired a statewide legal services task force on health care and coordinated the health advocacy of legal aid programs in Ohio. Gene participated in and chaired many boards and commissions including the ODJFS Medical Care Advisory Committee, Ohio Best RX Commission, Medicaid Eligibility Policy Advisory Committee, Disability Medical Assistance Advisory Council, Universal Health Care Action Network of Ohio, Committee on Regional Training, OSBA Paralegal Certification Commission, and Health Path Foundation of Ohio. A lifelong Ohioan and 1983 graduate of The Ohio State University College of Law, Gene has worked closely throughout his career with the Public Interest Law Foundation, Pro Bono Research Group, and other student organizations at Moritz to encourage and support students to pursue public interest legal careers. Gene and his wife, Nancy, Juvenile Unit Chief at the Franklin CountyPublic Defender, live in Upper Arlington.