2021 John W. Warrington Community Service Award: Randal S. Bloch

Jun 22, 2021

Born in Cincinnati, Randal Bloch attended the University of Wisconsin, earning a B.A. in 1970, followed by a J.D. from Brooklyn Law School in 1973. She was admitted to law in 1973 and began her legal career with the U.S. District Court, Southern District of Ohio and U.S. Court of Appeals, Sixth Circuit; 1978, U.S. Supreme Court. In 1979 the law firm of Wagner & Bloch, where Bloch is currently of Counsel, was established.

Bloch played an integral part in the creation and development of The Family Visitation Center (FVC), a collaboration between the Hamilton County Court of Domestic Relations, Hamilton County Juvenile Court and The Children's Home. In her nomination of Bloch, attorney Melissa Millard commended Bloch for her, “incredible time-consuming task of developing a supervised parenting center in Hamilton County. The FVC offers parents who receive court ordered parental time a safe, supportive, and neutral space to visit and interact with their children. Millard went on to say, how impressed she is with Bloch’s dedication and passion to “serve the under-served in our community.” As a family law practitioner, Bloch saw a need for families to have a nurturing environment where they could feel like regular families again. She has often been heard saying, “I couldn’t retire until this program and center was up and running.”

Bloch is forever giving her of time and talents. She goes beyond the basic needs. She frequently serves as an unsolicited mentor to new lawyers. She is dedicated professionally and personally to helping improve the profession and the lives of those who are impacted by family-related issues. In addition to the FVC, Bloch is involved with the Hamilton County Domestic Relations Court Family Law Clinic; Impact100, Focus Area and Governance Committees; Mentor, Ohio Women’s Bar Association.

Bloch is a senior lecturer on family law for the Cincinnati Bar Association and is a Family Law Certified Specialist by the Ohio State Bar Association. She co-authored a chapter on the Uniform Child Custody Jurisdiction and Enforcement Act for Sowald Morganstern Domestic Relations Law.

The John W. Warrington Community Service Award recognizes a CBA attorney member or members who have performed extraordinary volunteer service to our community. This annual award is funded through a donation to the Cincinnati Bar Foundation by the law firm of Graydon Head & Ritchey, and the award recipient is selected by the Community Service Board Committee of the CBA in honor of attorney John W. Warrington.print