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Esther H. Brocker Award and Scholarship Reception

Capital University Law School and the Women's Law Association cordially invite you to the

9th Annual Esther H. Brocker Award Reception

Honoring Kathleen M. Trafford, L'79

Wednesday, June 14, 2023

4:30 p.m. - Networking
5:15 p.m. - Award Program

Barnes & Thornburg LLP
41 South High Street, Suite 3300
Columbus, OH 43215

Kathleen Trafford 


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Esther H. Brocker Award Recipient

Kathleen M. Trafford

For over 40 years, Kathleen Trafford concentrated her practice on governmental and regulatory litigation and constitutional law. She represented private parties in disputes with governmental agencies and served as special counsel to several state and local government agencies. She handled cases involving constitutional challenges to state and local laws or orders, First Amendment claims, rate making and price discrimination, licensing disputes, trademarks, professional ethics, public records, injunctions, and special writs in the Ohio Supreme Court. She has been privileged throughout her career to have handled more than a dozen cases involving significant constitutional issues.

Ms. Trafford is a former Partner at the law firm of Porter Wright Morris & Arthur LLP having served as Chair of the Firm's Appellate Practice Group before retiring in 2021. Prior to joining the firm in 1988, she was Deputy Chief Counsel to the Ohio Attorney General.  

In addition to serving on the board of many organizations and commissions, Ms. Trafford is a past President of the Columbus Bar Association, Columbus Bar Foundation, Ohio Access to Justice Commission, Equal Justice Foundation, and Capital University Law School Board of Counselors.  She is a founding member of the American Constitutional Society Columbus Lawyer's Chapter and of the United Way of Central Ohio Women’s Leadership Counsel. Ms. Trafford is a Fellow in the American College of Trial Lawyers and served on its Board of Regents from 2013-2017. 

Ms. Trafford is the recipient of many awards in recognition of her professional contributions including:

  • Columbus Bar Association Bar Service Meal, 2016
  • Ohio State Bar Association Nettie Cronise Lutes Leadership Award, 2015
  • American Constitutional Society Distinguished Service Award, 2014
  • Columbus Bar Association Outstanding Pro Bono Service by an Individual, 2001
  • Ohio Lawyers’ Weekly Lawyer of the Year, 2000

Ms. Trafford graduated cum laude from Capital University Law School and holds a Master of Arts degree from Kent State University and a Bachelor of Arts degree from Nazareth College of Rochester.

Past Esther H. Brocker Award Recipients

2019 Sharon L. Kennedy
2018 Betty D. Montgomery
2017 Yvette McGee Brown
2016 Evelyn Lundberg Stratton
2015 Maureen O'Connor
2014 Deborah D. Pryce