Dayton Law Class of '84 Boasts Two 2014 ABA Winners

By Dean Paul McGreal

From the desk of Dean Paul McGreal:

Last week, I traveled to the American Bar Association’s annual meeting to support two distinguished alumni as they received national awards.  You may recall from a prior column that Kermit Lowery, Class of 1984, received the ABA’s Pro Bono Publico Award.  At the Award luncheon, the ABA showed a video honoring Mr. Lowery’s service to the community, with touching commentary from fellow UDSL alumni Judge Kate Huffman; Lynn Reynolds, Vice President and Head of Legal, North America for LexisNexis; and Kelly Henrici, Executive Director, Greater Dayton Volunteer Lawyers Project. Lowery is following in the footsteps of his classmate, Arvin Miller III, who received the Pro Bono Publico Award in 1991.

The next day, the ABA’s Tort Trial and Insurance Practice Section honored Ronald Richman, also Class of 1984, with the Andrew C. Hecker Memorial Award.  The award is given “to those lawyers who have consistently demonstrated, and continue to demonstrate, the qualities of leadership, outreach, enthusiasm, professionalism and pride” in the section’s work. Richman's award included the following words:

"During the 20-plus years that he has actively served [the Section], Ron Richman has devoted countless hours to innumerable Section activities, including training the general committee leaders who create the core value of ... membership, and as an enthusiastic leader of our membership and diversity efforts."

That is a truly amazing legacy for the Class of 1984 as they celebrate thirty years in the profession. These recognitions also highlight how participation in local, state and national bar associations is an important part of how our alumni PRACTICExcellence in their professional lives.

Congratulations to both our distinguished alumni.

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