William Weisenberg earns bar association awards

COLUMBUS – William K. Weisenberg, assistant executive director for public affairs, government relations, and diversity initiatives for the Ohio State Bar Association, has been selected as the recipient of the 2013 National Association of Bar Executives Bolton Award, the 2013 American Bar Association Grassroots Advocacy Award and the 2013 Ohio Center for Law Related Education Founders’ Award.

The Bolton Award, NABE’s highest accolade, is presented each year to a member who exhibits professionalism, character and integrity and who has demonstrated significant contributions to the organized bar and legal profession. Weisenberg will receive the Bolton Award at the NABE’s annual meeting in San Francisco in August. The award will be presented at a joint luncheon of the National Conference of Bar Presidents, the National Conference of Bar Foundations and NABE held in conjunction with the annual meeting of the ABA. NABE is an independent, voluntary association established to serve the management staff of bar associations and law-related organizations.

The ABA Grassroots Advocacy Award was presented to Weisenberg at a Capitol Hill reception in Washington, D.C., in April as part of ABA Day. The award recognizes Weisenberg’s advocacy on behalf of the justice system and the legal profession in Ohio and the nation’s capital.

The OCLRE Founders’ Award will be presented to Weisenberg during the 2013 OCLRE Law and Citizenship Conference on Sept. 23. The award recognizes individuals or organizations who have made significant contributions to the ideals and growth of law-related education.

Weisenberg was selected for the OCLRE award in recognition of his longstanding commitment to the purpose of OCLRE, for his significant support in connecting OCLRE with the Ohio General Assembly and for his collaborative efforts with the Supreme Court of Ohio and the Ohio Attorney General’s Office to secure adequate funding and expand programmatic opportunities.

Hailing from New York, where he received his undergraduate degree from Syracuse University and his law degree from New York Law School, Weisenberg started his career in the U.S. Department of Health, Education and Welfare before his eventual shift to advocacy on law-related issues. Before his work with the OSBA, Weisenberg served as chief legal counsel for the Ohio House Judiciary Committee.