PDT Staff Writer
Former 89th District State Representative, attorney Todd Book of Portsmouth has been elected to serve a three-year term as District 8 representative on the Board of Governors of the Ohio State Bar Association. District 8 includes 342 attorneys who reside or practice in Scioto, Adams, Brown, Gallia, Highland, Jackson, Lawrence, Pickaway, Pike, Ross and Vinton counties.
Book, a partner in the Portsmouth firm of Harcha, Book & Beck, LLC, and four-term member of the Ohio House of Representatives, was elected to his new post by area lawyers at an OSBA district meeting. He succeeds retiring District 8 representative Mark McCown. He will also serve as a member of the OSBA Board of Governors’ Government Affairs Committee.
“The Bar Association is a volunteer organization that looks out for the people of the state of Ohio as it relatest to the profession of the practice of law,” Book said. “And they provide a lot of services for attorneys to make them better practitioners, and they also provide a lot of services to the public in general in their relationship with attorney’s.”
The 21-member Board of Governors meets monthly to manage the association’s business affairs, set policy, review pending legislation and conduct other business on behalf of the 25,000 Ohio lawyers who are OSBA members.
“I was amazed at how many things the Ohio State Bar Association is in,” Book said. “They have their own insurance company, for health insurance as well as legal liability insurance. They’re involved in a lot of community-type activities helping with various civic involvement.”
Book received his bachelor’s degree in political science from Western Michigan University and his law degree from the Marshall-Wythe School of Law at the College of William and Mary. Book’s wife, Emily, tuturs dyslexic students, and the couple has three children - Cassidy, Avery, and Meredith. Book is a member of the Portsmouth Civic Forum and a trustee of the Second Presbyterian Church.
Frank Lewis may be reached at 740-353-3101, ext. 232, or at firstname.lastname@example.org.