Norman J. Ogilvie, Jr. Receives George D. Martin Professionalism Award


Lancaster, Ohio – Today, Dagger Law Of Counsel Norman J. Ogilvie, Jr. was recognized by the Fairfield County Bar Association for his high standards of professionalism as a recipient of the George D. Martin Professionalism Award.

George D. Martin (1907-1993) was a man of uncommon personal and professional integrity. Having graduated Harvard Law School in 1933, he practiced law in Lancaster until 1986. Upon his retirement he was a volunteer law clerk of the Common Pleas Court.

The award criteria states the recipient should be the consummate professional George was and be a dedicated practitioner of law and whose integrity is unquestionable. The recipient should have a history of promoting respect for the law and be active in the community.

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50 Years of Law

This month, Norman J. Ogilvie, Jr. is being recognized by The Ohio State Bar Association for his 50 years of service to the profession.

The legal profession looked a lot different 50 years ago when Ogilvie started at what is now Dagger, Johnston, Miller, Ogilvie & Hampson, LLP. The pace was slower, there were fewer attorneys, there were typewriters and carbon paper to write endless briefs, research was more involved without the Internet and the bar exam was a three-day test.

Ogilvie was sworn in December 1968. At the time, he was serving in the U.S. Army and was home on leave for Christmas. He served in the Vietnam War his last year in the service. When he was through, he returned home to Lancaster to pursue his career as a lawyer and started at the same firm he’s at today.

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Associates Educate Young legal Minds at Ohio University’s Summer Law & Trial Institute

Attorney Christopher Darden said it best: “I chose to go to law school because I thought that someday, somehow I’d make a difference.”

As ambitious lawyers, we strive to do just that: to make a difference someday, somehow, in the lives of our neighbors and communities. This summer two of our associates had the pleasure of educating the young minds of aspiring law professionals at Ohio University’s Summer Law & Trial Institute (SLTI). This 12-day immersive program aims to engage and challenge high school juniors and seniors in the field of Ohio law. This highly competitive program seeks to create the next generation of legal, advocacy and community experts by exposing these students to the criminal justice system through academic study and hands-on learning.

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New Developments in Ohio Gun Laws

As of March 21, 2017 a new Ohio law has allowed for more situations where carrying a concealed firearm is permissible. This new law does not change the process for obtaining a concealed carry license. For some brief background, in order for someone to obtain a concealed carry license in Ohio they must be at least 21 years old, be an Ohio resident for at least 45 days, and be a resident of their county for at least 30 days. Additionally, an individual must satisfy certain educational requirements; typically this is met by completing a course of instructions that includes at least 8 hours of training with a minimum of 2 hours of in-person training and range time. Other type of military or law enforcement training may also meet this educational requirement. After satisfying these initial conditions, the applicant must contact the local sheriff where he or she will complete a background check, provide fingerprints, verify an acceptable form of I.D., collect required payment for the license, and review the application and educational requirements of the individual. After this, the sheriff will determine whether or not to issue the concealed carry license, and if he or she grants it, the individual is a licensed concealed carrier for 5 years.

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