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Speaker: Lawyers need compassion

PHOTO BY JILL GOSCHE Randall Comer, president of Ohio State Bar Association, speaks at Camden Falls Reception & Conference Center Wednesday afternoon.

A leader in the legal community told lawyers they must place greater emphasis on their role as counselors.

Randall Comer, president of Ohio State Bar Association, told colleagues they became lawyers because they want to help people. He provided the definition of compassion.

“It’s simply a desire to help others,” he said.

Comer spoke during Ohio State Bar Association’s District 5 annual meeting at Camden Falls Reception & Conference Center Wednesday afternoon.

Seneca County Bar Association hosted the event, which was for Crawford, Delaware, Marion, Morrow, Seneca and Wyandot counties.

Comer said the field is in a period of change. He said there are technological, economic and cultural changes, and behind retiring attorneys are “millennials” in their 30s.

Comer said it is a brave, new world for lawyers and the profession.

About two years ago, a past OSBA president put together Ohio Courts Futures Commission to look at issues and what would be happening. The report was completed during the summer.

Comer said OSBA is the chief lobbyist for the profession and is to continue its advocacy role.

He said a new project is under way: OSBA has undertaken a new website.

Comer said the new site is to have a digital engagement platform to better connect the public with attorneys.

During the program, the group recognized W. Duncan Whitney of Delaware, who has practiced law for 50 years, and Brian Gernert of Bucyrus, who received the Ohio State Bar Foundation Community Service Award for Attorneys 40 and Under.

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