Spears honored by state bar foundation for lifetime of service
Columbus, OH— Harold D. Spears received the Honorary Life Fellowship Award from the Ohio State Bar Foundation on November 4 in Columbus.
Harold, or as his friends know him, “Hal,” was recognized for his dedication to the legal profession and the community.
After graduating magna cum laude from Marshall College, Hal received a scholarship to study at the Duke University School of Law. A WWII Navy combat veteran, Hal was elected as Ironton’s city prosecutor in 1953. He bravely took on big-time gambling syndicates, burglary rings and even the Mafia. Three of his high-profile murder cases became the subject of stories published in national detective magazines. Following two terms as prosecutor, Hal went on to be elected probate and juvenile court judge. Soon thereafter, he began to practice law privately and established a successful firm that continues today with his son and grandson. “Hal is a gifted attorney and a man of the highest standards of personal and professional qualities,” said Hal’s son-in-law Joseph Halcomb.
Over the years, Harold has served as Chairman for the Volunteer Services and Rehabilitation Committee of the Ohio Mental Health Association and as president of the Lawrence County Bar Association. He was recognized by the Ohio State Bar Association for 60 years of service to the legal profession and has been listed as one of the top ten most influential people in Lawrence County by the Ironton Tribune.
Harold Spears’ lifetime dedication to leadership and the law has been a blessing to countless people.
About the Award
Given annually to an Ohio attorney whose career has been exemplified by: dedication of the goals and values sought to be furthered by the Foundation; a lifetime of service to the public and the community; and integrity, honor, courtesy and professionalism. This service must be outside the recipients' practice of law and must be given without compensation.
About the Ohio State Bar Foundation
The Ohio State Bar Foundation is a 501(c)(3) public charity that works to advance the law and build a better justice system. Through our grants and programs, we educate and perform outreach to the public to make the law fair for all Ohioans. For more information about the Ohio State Bar Foundation, please visit www.osbf.net.
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