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CapLaw Represents: Mary Amos Augsburger Provides Bar Leadership

5/2/2018  - 

Mary Amos Augsburger, P’98, L’02, is the Executive Director and CEO of the Ohio State Bar Association (OSBA), a position she has held for 4 years. Ms. Augsburger is first woman Executive Director and in the 137 year history of the OSBA, and only the 4th Executive Director.

Ms. Augsburger describes the OSBA as “a 26,000-member organization that is committed not only to advancing the professional interests of attorneys and legal professionals, but also to expanding access to justice and protecting the rule of law.”

She worked in public policy in the Ohio House and Senate during law school and for a short time after graduation and passing the bar exam. She then went to work at the firm of Squire Sanders before returning to her true passion of public service, working at the Ohio Department of Commerce. From there, she worked as the director of policy and public affairs at the Auditor of State’s office and then as Legislative Counsel to the OSBA before becoming Executive Director of the OSBA in 2013.

“I am so grateful that my position at the Bar affords me the opportunity to work directly with policy makers at the state and federal level,” says Ms. Augsburger, “ and alongside men and women (our member attorneys) who are as dedicated to defending the rule of law and advancing justice as I am.”

Her fondest memory of Law School was Moot Court: “I was our team’s brief writer,” she recalls. “Not only was it a good skills builder for me, but interestingly, our advisors were Brad Smith and Jeff Ferriell -- two pros from different sides of the aisle with whom I have had an opportunity to work and interact with on various public policy initiatives over the years. The legal profession truly is a small world!”

Ms. Augsburger is originally from Mansfield, Ohio. She is married and has a 5 year old son.

She holds a Bachelor degree from The Ohio State University and graduated from the Paralegal Program at Capital University Law School in 1998 and earned her JD from the Capital in 2002 while working full time at the Statehouse.

A few favorites:

  • Favorite book: The Giving Tree by Shel Silverstein
  • Favorite movie: I know lawyers all say it…but there’s a reason for it: A Few Good Men is a GREAT movie! “I want the truth!” 
  • Favorite local restaurant: Third & Hollywood in Grandview
  • My indulgence: European wines and fashion 
  • My escape: The beach, with a good legal thriller
  • My favorite quote: I have many, but here’s one: “There are no easy answers…but there are simple answers. We must have the courage to do what we know is morally right.” – Ronald Reagan 


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