Wednesday May 12, 2010

Epitome of Professionalism

The Ohio Women's Bar Association presented law lecturer Denise Platfoot Lacey with its President's Choice Award that goes to a member who has exemplified extraordinary service during the year.

The Ohio Women's Bar Association honored a champion of professionalism and career development in the legal profession with its President's Choice Award.

University of Dayton School of Law faculty member Denise Platfoot Lacey received the award during the association's annual meeting and awards luncheon Wednesday, May 12, in Columbus, Ohio.

"Denise has been invaluable," said Lisa House, outgoing president of the Ohio Women's Bar Association. "She was responsible for drafting the Military Spouse's Resolution currently before the Ohio Supreme Court for consideration of adopting a provisional bar membership for those military spouses who are in the State of Ohio due to military orders, providing certain parameters are satisfied. Denise has also been very active in the several committees of the OWBA, including the judicial selection committee."

The association presents the President's Choice Award to a member who has exemplified extraordinary service during the year.

"This award is a tremendous tribute to Denise. She brings a great Catholic, Marianist spirit to the School of Law along with a wealth of talent, energy and professional experience to our externship program as program supervisor," University of Dayton School of Law Dean Lisa Kloppenberg said. "Her work with the Ohio Supreme Court has prepared her well to help our students with exceptional training. We value her experience with the Ohio Women's Bar Association and efforts to develop our Women in the Law series."

At the University of Dayton School of Law, Lacey directs the Women in the Law series. The series convenes small groups that meet to discuss issues relevant to women in the legal profession and brings in speakers who discuss their perspectives about the profession.

Before coming to the University of Dayton School of Law, Lacey served on the Ohio Supreme Court Commission for professionalism. As a member of the commission, she designed the curriculum for the Supreme Court of Ohio's Lawyer to Lawyer mentoring program. Lacey also helped drafted amendments to Ohio's new lawyer training regulations.

For more information, contact Shawn Robinson, associate director of media relations, at 937-229-3391 or srobinson@udayton.edu.