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Betty Montgomery to Receive Esther H. Brocker Award

11/5/2018  -  You might say Betty Montgomery is Ohio’s “woman of firsts”: first female auditor of state, first female attorney general, first female state senator from the Second District, first female prosecuting attorney for the City of Perrysburg, and first female Wood County prosecuting attorney (and the only woman prosecutor in the state). But first and foremost, Betty Montgomery is a dedicated public servant. Because of these accomplishments – and many others – Capital University is proud to name her as the 2018 recipient of the Esther H. Brocker Award. Ms. Montgomery will be honored at a reception on Thursday, November 8, from 5:30 pm to 7 pm hosted by the Columbus office of Taft, Stettinius, & Hollister.

The Esther H. Brocker Award honors a woman who has made significant contributions to advancing the status of females in the legal profession and the Columbus community. Past honorees include former U.S. Representative Deborah Pryce, L’76; Chief Justice Maureen O’Connor, Supreme Court of Ohio; and former Supreme Court of Ohio Justices Evelyn Lundberg Stratton, H’99, and Yvette McGee Brown.

The award is named in honor of Capital’s first woman graduate, Esther H. Brocker, who graduated in 1926. Brocker opened a successful private law practice in Lancaster, Ohio, after graduation, handling criminal cases and probate work. She served two terms as Lancaster’s city solicitor, and was elected vice president of the Fairfield County Bar Association in 1960. She worked as an attorney until age 83, and died in 1972 at age 88. She was honored posthumously as an inductee into the Law School Hall of Honor in 2012.

Like Esther, Betty Montgomery’s long career in public service has included a number of highlights. As state senator for the Second District in northwest Ohio, Montgomery’s work included drafting Ohio’s first Living Will Law, Ohio’s first brownfields legislation, and Ohio’s Victim’s Rights Law. As Ohio attorney general, Montgomery dramatically increased state support for local law enforcement, and rebuilt all of Ohio’s crime labs. She introduced DNA evidence and 21st century technology to Ohio, thus helping the office join just four percent of the nation’s law enforcement agencies by earning accreditation for both the Ohio Peace Officer Training Academy and the Ohio Bureau of Identification and Investigation. Her office was awarded the American Bar Association Pro Bono Award (one of only five awards given nationally), as well as recognition for excellence in Supreme Court advocacy, winning seven “Best of Brief” awards in her eight years as attorney general. Her office’s Consumer Protection section was also recognized as the most outstanding consumer protection agency in the country by the National Association of Consumer Agency Administrators (NACAA).

President of Montgomery Consulting Group LLC, which was founded in 2007, Montgomery is also an attorney of counsel with MacMurray & Shuster LLP. She is a graduate of Bowling Green State University (1970) and the University of Toledo College of Law (1976).

Tickets are $50 and proceeds of the event benefit the Esther H. Brocker Scholarship, awarded annually to a current Capital University Law School student.

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