Pietrzen honored by state bar foundation for community service
Columbus, OH (April 16, 2012)— Julie L. Pietrzen received the Ohio State Bar Foundation’s Community Service Award for Attorneys 40 & Under at the Ohio State Bar Association’s District 12 Annual Meeting at the Ritz-Carlton Cleveland on April 11.
Pietrzen has excelled in her service to the profession. An associate with the Cleveland-based firm of Frantz Ward LLP, she also serves as the secretary of the West Side Ecumenical Ministries (WSEM) Junior Advisory Board. WSEM is a non-profit organization that provides assistance to more than 48,000 children, youth and adults in need on Cleveland's west side. She also donates her time to the Cleveland Metropolitan Bar Association’s 3Rs program. This program, which involves members of the Cleveland legal community in partnership with the Cleveland Metropolitan School District (CMSD) and East Cleveland City Schools, provides opportunities for lawyers to personally connect with and serve high school students.
Prior to her career as a lawyer, Pietrzen was a social worker for four years in Detroit, Michigan. “Working with at-risk people grounded me when I eventually went to law school at Case Western,” said Pietrzen. “I learned the valuable lesson that just showing up and listening may be the most important step when helping others.”
In addition to her volunteer community service, Pietrzen serves as the province president of the International Legal Fraternity Phi Delta Phi. She is also a member of the Cleveland Metropolitan Bar Association, the Ohio State Bar Association and the American Bar Association.
Speaking of the role of lawyers in the community, she offered, “I believe in my community, and I believe in our ability as lawyers to make a difference.”
Pietrzen received her B.A. from Albion College and her law degree from Case Western Reserve University.
About the Award
The Community Service Award for Attorneys 40 and Under is presented to attorneys, 40 years of age or younger, who contribute substantial time and effort in service to a local social service or to a local civic, artistic or cultural organization. The service must be outside the recipients’ practice of law and given without compensation. Emphasis is placed on current service. Recipients represent the ideals of the legal profession and, by example, are a credit to the profession. NOTE: The Community Service Award is presented to attorneys in each of the Ohio State Bar Association’s 18 districts, and the statewide award recipient is chosen from these district honorees.
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.