The Annual Ohio State Bar Association Luncheon Meeting for District 9 was held at The Zanesville-Muskingum County Welcome Center. Lawyers practicing in Coshocton, Fairfield, Knox, Licking, Muskingum, and Perry counties honored distinguished senior lawyers, and elected three new members to the OSBA Board of Governors.
"We go around the state, 18 districts do this throughout the year, and today's turn was Zanesville," said OSBA President, Judge Pat Fischer.
Fischer says one of the current issues facing the legal profession is Court Funding. He says funding has been cut in many U.S. courts, causing one county in Ohio to stop issuing subpoenas because the county commissioner wouldn't issue anymore copy paper for the printer. Another issue facing lawyers is a high unemployment rate.
"We're graduating twice as many lawyers as there are jobs in Ohio. And they're graduating with an average from ABA accredited law schools of $100,000 dollars in debt. A lot of them can't even practice law, they're working outside the legal profession and that is really depressing in the legal economy."
Fischer says Zanesville is a great community and says we have some of the best lawyers in the state.