July 6, 2006
New lawyer spotlight: Rebecca Price
~ written by Biru Chen, Columbus Bar Communications Intern
After a long day behind her desk at Kegler Brown Hill & Ritter, Rebecca Price packs up her papers and excitedly heads out to visit Royal Decade. Affectionately nicknamed “Fancy,” this beautiful black horse with white accents greets Price with equal enthusiasm.
“I grew up showing horses and just never lost my love for them,” Price said. “Spending time with Fancy is my after-work therapy.”
She usually visits Fancy three or four times a week, during which she brushes, rides and exercises her. Fancy, now sixteen years old, has been under her care for the past fifteen years, and this proud parent beams with pride while recalling Fancy’s achievements.
“I am amazed at what a fantastic teacher Fancy is,” she said. “During a riding lesson with a young girl new to this sport, Fancy was just as much a teacher as I was throughout the whole lesson.”
In addition to spending time with Fancy, Price is also extremely active in taking leadership roles in the Columbus Bar. This is her third and last year as the chair of the New Lawyer’s committee, and under her leadership, the group has grown more popular and well-attended.
“One of our more popular events is a luncheon with the Common Pleas Court judges, where they talk about what to do and what not to do in court and give great tips to new lawyers,” she said. “Also, the wine tasting social event at Spagos has become quite well-attended.”
The vision that Price has been working towards with the New Lawyer’s committee is for newer lawyers to be able to make new and close friends to last a their whole careers.
“As a young lawyer, it is so neat to see the thirty-year members of the Columbus Bar as friends,” she said. “That’s the kind of relationship I hope new lawyers now will have with their colleagues in thirty years.”
Price volunteers her time with the Interfaith Legal Clinic as well, and was on the steering committee for that organization for the past three years. This group provides legal service to clients who can not afford it, and give advice and direction to many people.
“Many clients [through Interfaith] have had horrible experiences, and it is so helpful to just sit and talk them through their issues,” Price said.
Price has successfully managed the delicate balance between service, work and family. At work, she said she enjoys the daily challenges and client contacts. The formal training Kegler Brown Hill & Ritter provides for new associate was very helpful, Price said, and she hopes to advance her career at that firm.
“These past three years at my firm have been wonderful,” she said. “I hope that in the future, some new lawyer can look up to me as I do to the more experienced lawyers here.”