We believe lawyers, judges, community members and organizations who fight to improve the law and build a better justice system deserve to be recognized for their efforts. Our award winners lead their communities in volunteer service both in and outside of the legal profession.
Do you know a civic-minded attorney, committed to serving the community who deserves to be recognized? Tell us how amazing they are and nominate them for one of our awards!
The theme of the 2022 Annual Awards Celebration, "Strong Foundation, Strong Future," is represented by a tree, an inspiring reminder of the Foundation’s history, its accomplishments, and the exciting future to come. Strong Foundation is a nod to everyone who has contributed so much to cultivating this organization to be where it is today, and a Strong Future, the exciting growth and the fruits of our labor. We are excited to build on this strong foundation to create a strong future and a more just world for all.
The 2022 celebration featured a new, refreshed format and took place at the Exchange in Dublin. We are proud to honor such amazing attorneys and organizations, and thank everyone whose support made this program possible.
Judge Annalisa Williams, Akron
With a lifetime of service within the Akron community, the larger public, and the legal profession, Judge Williams exemplifies every aspect of the Ritter Award, the highest honor awarded by the Foundation. The OSBF’s Ritter Award recognizes the accomplishments of the honoree in attaining and promoting the highest level of professionalism, integrity, and ethics in the practice of law.
Inajo Davis Chappell, Solon
Inajo Davis Chappell is a civic leader, volunteer, and champion of causes to advance change in the legal system for historically marginalized communities of color in Ohio. Through her service in numerous community organizations, most often in leadership roles, she has had a transformative impact on the Cleveland community.
Carl Smallwood, Columbus
Carl Smallwood has been a leader in diversity, equality, and inclusion efforts throughout his distinguished career. Smallwood is being honored for his work cultivating diversity, equality, and inclusion in the legal system.
Valissa Turner Howard, Cleveland
Valissa Howard is this year’s recipient of the OSBF’s Community Service Award for Attorneys 40 and under, presented to an attorney who contributes substantial time and effort in service to a local social service, or a local civic, artistic, or cultural organization.
Building Bridges, Dayton
Since its founding in 1974, Building Bridges has grown into a multi-faceted organization providing early intervention and intensive rehabilitation programming for court involved, at-risk youth.