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Posted by: Gina Scherzer on Aug 10, 2020


It is with heavy hearts that we share the news of the passing of Judge James D. Jensen who served as president of the Toledo Bar Association from 1998 -1999.

Described as a caring man who never knew a stranger, Judge Jensen was an influence to both the Association and lawyers. His compassion and support of others demonstrates his strong leadership. During his term as president, Judge Jensen worked closely with the three vice presidents, the executive board and staff to put a long term vision in place and worked collaboratively to accomplish it. It was Judge Jensen who recognized the lack of diversity on the board and implemented a Diversity appointment made by the president after the board elections, this diversity board appointment is still practiced today. He strongly encouraged support in the Pro Bono Legal Services Program and also believed in providing resources and mentorship for attorneys just starting their careers.

Current TBA President, Bill Meyer spoke fondly of Judge Jensen stating that “he will be described with many accolades due to a life well lived. A "mensch" ,in German, is a person of integrity and honor. The opposite of mensch is a person who treats others cruelly and without compassion. Simply stated, Judge Jim Jensen was a mensch.” Below is a fond recollection of his long time support for the Food Basket program to benefit the Salvation Army (photographed in 1998).

Our condolences go out to his family and the many friends he made in our community. For Judge Jensen’s obituary, read here.



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