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June 13, 2008
Supreme Court Appoints New Members to Commission on Professionalism

The Supreme Court of Ohio has appointed three new members to the Commission on Professionalism. Capital University Law School Professor Michael Distelhorst and Allen County Common Pleas Court Judge Richard K. Warren attended their first quarterly commission meeting today. Cleveland attorney Marvin L. Karp attended his first meeting in March.

The commission promotes professionalism among attorneys admitted to practice law in Ohio and aspires to advance the highest standards of integrity and honor among members of the legal profession. The commission created and administers the Supreme Court’s Lawyer to Lawyer Mentoring program, which pairs experienced, professional lawyers with new lawyers to provide guidance and share practical knowledge and skills during the transition from law student to legal practitioner.

The commission’s 15-member roster includes five judges, six lawyers, two law school administrators or faculty and two persons not admitted to practice law in any state. Commissioners are appointed for three-year terms and may not serve more than two consecutive full terms.

Professor Distelhorst teaches contracts and commercial law at Capital’s law school and previously taught business ethics and leadership for Capital University's School of Management. Before joining the Capital faculty, he taught accounting and finance and practiced both accounting and law. He is a Fellow of the American Bar Association and the Ohio State and Columbus Bar Foundations. He earned his law degree from Capital in 1976.

Judge Warren was first elected in 1988 and has served as the Allen County court’s administrative judge since 1997. Before coming to the bench, he served as an assistant Allen County prosecutor and practiced law with the firm of Romey & Warren for 20 years. In 2007, he was recognized for the court’s innovative sex offender treatment program. He earned his law degree from the Ohio Northern University College of Law in 1966.

Attorney Karp is a partner in the Cleveland law firm of Ulmer & Berne, where he has practiced for 50 years. His trial and appellate experience includes business, corporate and insurance litigation. He has been rated repeatedly as a top lawyer by his peers. In 2007, he received The Ohio Bar Medal for “unusually meritorious service to the legal profession and the community.” He earned his law degree from Yale University Law School in 1958.

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