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Richard C. Pfeiffer, Jr., Columbus City Attorney, honored with 2014 David D. White Award

2/6/2014  - 

The David D. White Award is given annually to an individual who embodies Mr. White’s spirit of community service and social consciousness and who champions the causes of the local African American community. Columbus City Attorney, Richard C. Pfeiffer, Jr., embodies all of these qualities in his actions as a public servant and in how he manages his office. He is the 2014 recipient of the David D. White Award.

A true believer in the value of diversity, one of City Attorney Pfeiffer’s core goals is to achieve a staff as diverse as the city of Columbus. The City Attorney’s Office has traditionally hired more African American attorneys than many of the law firms in Columbus. More importantly, his office has retained a significant portion of these attorneys. City Attorney Pfeiffer is also an Advisory Committee Member of the Columbus Bar Association’s Managing Partners Diversity Initiative and serves on the African American and African Studies Community Extension Center Advisory Board.

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Notwithstanding his work on these boards, City Attorney Pfeiffer is highly visible in the African American community. For example, even in non-election years, City Attorney Pfeiffer supports black-owned businesses and frequents African American churches.

City Attorney Pfeiffer served as the first judge of the Franklin County Environmental Court. While serving as judge in Environmental Court, he reached out to the community and handled each case with personalized care. Judge Pfeiffer sat at the same table directly across from each defendant and talked to them to understand their issues. This Court became known as the People’s Court because of his personalized touch.

City Attorney Pfeiffer will be recognized at a reception on Thursday, March 6 at 5:00 p.m. at the firm of Taft, Stettinius & Hollister LLP, 65 East State Street. Contact Terri Botsko for further information or register online for the event.

25 Years of the David D. White Award
2014 marks the 25th year that Capital University Law School and the African American Law Alumni Association have presented the David D. White Award to individuals who have made a significant contribution to the African American community. The award is presented at an annual reception hosted by a Columbus area law firm or organization. This event helps support the David D. White Scholarship Endowment at Capital University Law School, created in 1989 by the African American Law Alumni Association.

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The award and scholarship memorialize the outstanding accomplishments of the Law School’s first African American graduate, David D. White. Mr. White graduated from the Columbus School of Law (now Capital

University Law School) in 1931. The first African American attorney licensed to practice in Columbus, Mr. White practiced for more than 57 years as a partner in the firm of Bell, White and Ross. He was a member of the Columbus Bar Association Board of Governors, the Ohio Public Defender Commission, the Ohio State Bar Association’s Council of Delegates and the Ohio Civil Rights Commission. Mr. White passed away in 1992, and was honored posthumously as one of the first year’s inductees into the Law School Hall of Honor.

Previous David D. White Award Recipients

1990 David D. White, L’31
1991 William T. Johnson, CU’68, L’72
1992 Louis Bernard LaCour, L’61
1993 Clenzo B. Fox, L’66
1994 Hon. John A. Howard, L’49
1995 Janice G. White, L’77
1996 Robert J. Weiler, L’83.H’05
1997 John W. Waddy Jr., L’78
1998 Janet E. Jackson
1999 Hon. Robert M. Duncan
2000 Hon. Yvette McGee Brown
2001 Carl D. Smallwood
2002 Larry H. James
2003 Senator Ben Espy
2004 Jack G. Gibbs Jr., L’81
2005 Hon. Algenon L. Marbley, H’00
2006 Patsy A. Thomas, L’94
2007 Mayor Michael B. Coleman, H’01
2008 Douglas J. Haynes, L’81 (posthumously)
2009 Floyd D. Weatherspooon
2010 Hon. H. Alfred Glascor
2011 Jack A. Guttenberg
2012 Janet L. Green Marbley, L’79
2013 Jerry O. Allen, CU’75, L’84