Having a lawyer’s guidance through a home closing or the creation of a small business may seem like a matter of course to some, but the Cincinnati Bar Association has launched a campaign for those who try to go it alone. The campaign urges the public to find a good attorney to smooth out the rough edges of such transactions.

The 135-year-old bar association, whose members practice principally in Hamilton County, put together a multi-faceted campaign involving advertising, public relations and education to increase awareness of the services attorneys provide.

Using the theme “bringing the law to life,” the bar association is trumpeting the benefits of employing a knowledgeable and trustworthy legal advisor who can help open a business, set up a trust for a new baby or navigate an adoption or divorce.

The campaign includes billboard and print advertising, radio spots, an improved website and other communications efforts. A major selling point will be the association’s lawyer referral service.

John Norwine, bar association executive director, says the campaign was driven by members. “CBA members had indicated that they wanted the bar to do more to support a positive image for our organization and for the profession itself. That has been a good reason to look at our public image in a number of ways from our logo, which has been refreshed, to our media relations,” he says.
 
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