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April 18, 2023

Samantha Berten Honored with Community Service Award

Cincinnati, OH (April 2023) - The Ohio State Bar Foundation (OSBF) is pleased to announce Samantha Berten as a recipient of its Community Service Award for Attorneys 40 and Under. The award is given to attorneys who work to make a difference in their communities, outside of their practice area, and without compensation. The OSBF is a public charity committed to improving the justice system and enhancing the public understanding of the rule of law throughout Ohio.

Berten demonstrates the positive impact and influence attorneys can have in their communities when they give back. She is especially dedicated to coaching and mentorship. Berten serves as a coach of the Indian Hill High School’s mock trial team and a judge for the Ohio Mock Trial competition. 

Berten is active in her community and serves on the Governance Committee for Women Helping Women, an OSBF grantee and organization that provides support services for survivors of dating violence, sexual violence, and domestic violence. She is also a member of the Women’s Committee of the Cincinnati Art Museum and serves on the Advisory Board of Pro Bono Partnership of Ohio. 

“Samantha is so deserving of this recognition,” said Ashley Oliker, 2018 OSBF Fellow and Founder and CEO of, in her nominating letter. “She encourages others to get involved in community service in Cincinnati, where she was born and raised, and is always ready to offer advice to students about law school and what it’s like to be a young lawyer. She continues to inspire and lead the next generation of lawyers.”

Berten currently serves as Legal Counsel with Fifth Third Bank where she advises business partners on legal issues related to privacy, cybersecurity, and financial crimes. Berten is a graduate of Kenyon University and earned her law degree from the University of Cincinnati College of Law. She received the OSBF’s Community Service Award for Attorneys 40 and Under on April 18 during a luncheon hosted by the Ohio State Bar Association in Cincinnati.

“I am incredibly grateful for this award, and I hope it is a reminder to myself and my peers of the importance of giving back,” said Berten. “Volunteering gives lawyers the opportunity to use our skills and gifts to help others in the unique ways that only lawyers can. I think it can be easy as a young attorney to get buried in work and assignments as we start our careers, but it is equally important to be open to volunteering opportunities, since we learn just as much if not more from work outside of our normal purview.”

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