LAW & LEADERSHIP INSTITUTE ANNUAL REPORT
A MESSAGE FROM THE EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR In 2018, we celebrated ten years of the Law & Leadership Institute! This gave us the opportunity to reflect on the work that has been done, thank the people who have supported us along the way, and look forward to what is to come. During the last two years we have seen all of the students who complete the program graduate from high school, well over 90% go to college, and another two students go to law school. We are grateful to those who make it possible to work with our amazing students and honor your sacrifice by continuing to provide robust programming while spending conservatively. As we near 2020, we look forward to seeing the continued growth of our students, our graduates, and the program as a whole.Â
The Law and Leadership Institute, LLC is a statewide initiative in collaboration with the legal community that inspires and prepares students from underserved communities for post-secondary and professional success through a comprehensive four-year academic program in law, leadership, analytical thinking, problem solving, writing skills and professionalism.
Honorable Jeffery Hopkins President, Law and Leadership Institute, LLC U.S. Bankruptcy Court, Southern District of Ohio
Kandee Robinson Akron Site Administrator Brant Lee Law School Liaison Professor of Law; Director of Diversity & Social Justice Initiatives University of Akron School of Law
Michael L. Robinson, Esq. Vice President, Law and Leadership Institute, LLC Attorney at Law Lindsay Ford Ellis, Esq. Secretary, Law and Leadership Institute, LLC Assistant General Counsel, OhioHealth
Myla Cardona-Jones Cincinnati Site Administrator
Merle F. Wilberding, Esq. Treasurer, Law and Leadership Institute, LLC Attorney, Coolidge Wall David W. Alexander Partner, Squire Patton Boggs
Jewel Heath Cleveland Site Administrator
Karim A. Ali Partner, Porter Wright, Morris & Arthur F. Daniel Balmert Managing Partner of Akron office, Vorys Sater Seymour and Pease LLP, Ret. Neema Bell Partner, Shumaker, Loop & Kendrick, LLP, Ret.
Alyson Suter Alber Law School Liaison Associate Dean for Enrollment Planning & Strategic Initiatives Case Western Reserve University School of Law Gina Huffman Law School Liaison Assistant Director, Law Admission Cleveland-Marshall College of Law
Michael B. Coleman Partner and Director, Business and Government Strategies, IceMiller Frank DeSantis Partner, Thompson Hine
Victoria Peterson and Megan Parker Columbus Site Administrators
LIsa Eschleman Executive Director, Ohio Center for Law Related Education, Ret. Melissa Kendralla Educator, Southwestern City School District Alan Michaels Professor and Edwin M. Cooperman Chair in Law, The Ohio State University Moritz College of Law
Staci Rucker Law School Liaison Assistant Dean for Academic Affairs, Student Affairs & Diversity University of Cincinnati College of Law
BOARD OF DIRECTORS
Kathy Northern Law School Liaison Associate Dean for Admissions;Director of Diversity and Inclusion and the Jones Day /Robert M.Duncan Associate Professor of Law The Ohio State University Moritz College of Law Marcelius Braxton Law School Liaison Assistant Dean of Diversity & Inclusion Capital University Law School
Honorable Carla Moore Ninth District Court of Appeals, Ret.
Patricia McAlpine Dayton Site Administrator
Honorable Michael J. Newman U.S. District Court, Southern District of Ohio
Maureen Anderson Law School Liaison Associate Professor University of Dayton School of Law
Kathy Northern Associate Dean for Admissions; Director of Diversity and Inclusion and the Jones Day /Robert M.Duncan Associate Professor of Law, The Ohio State University Moritz College of Law
Marilyn F. Preston Site Administrator Professor of Legal Research and Writing University of Toledo College of Law
Ken Patel Vice President & General Counsel, Procter & Gamble Bob Weiler, Sr. Board Chairman, The Robert Weiler Company E.J. Wunsch Chief Legal Officer and Secretary, The Wendy's Company Steve Jemison, Esq. Board Member Emeritus, Law and Leadership Institute, LLC Chief Legal Officer, Procter & Gamble Ret. Nancy H. Rogers Board Member Emeritus, Law and Leadership Institute, LLC Professor Emeritus, The Ohio State University Moritz College of Law Carl Smallwood Board Member Emeritus, Law and Leadership Institute, LLC Partner, Vorys, Sater, Seymour and Pease LLP, Ret. William Weisenberg Board Member Emeritus, Law and Leadership Institute, LLC Policy Advisor and Consultant, The Ohio State Bar Association
CENTRAL OFFICE STAFF
Heather A. Creed Executive Director Ron Brown Education Specialist Jasman Clay Legal Specialist Katie Kaufman Administrative Assistant
OF LLI Other Multiracial 3% 5%
64% will be the 1st in their family to go to college
African American 73%
Average Family Income 28%
LLI students spend nearly 700 hours over the course of 4 years gaining vision for what is possible for their futures, building community with like-minded peers, and developing the skills necessary to achieve their academic and professional goals. Each year of the program students build writing, critical thinking, and public speaking skills while working toward completing a culminating activity at the Supreme Court of Ohio.
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STUDENT IMPROVEMENT 84.1%
Ability to Work Well with Others 0%
Percent of students who somewhat or significantly improved according to instructors' evaluations compiled by the Ohio University Voinovich School of Leadership and Public Affairs
COLLEGE MATRICULATION CLASS OF 2018: 95%
CLASS OF 2019: 97%
CELEBRATING OUR GRADUATES
In 2018, LLI started hosting a special evening to honor graduates and their families for all they accomplished during their 4 years with LLI. The families beam with pride as the graduates announce their future plans. We share the pride as the classes of 2018 and 2019 attend the schools below.
Alabama State University Bowling Green State University Capital University Central State University College of Wooster Columbus College of Art & Design Concordia University Ann Arbor Elon University Hampton University Howard University Kent State University Miami University Morgan State University Mount St. Joseph University
New York University Northern Kentucky University Northwestern University Otterbein University Sinclair Community College Tennessee State University The Ohio State University University of Akron University of Cincinnati University of Dayton University of North Florida University of Saint Francis University of Toledo Wittenberg University
Imokhai Okolo University of Akron School of law 3L
Alexis Apparicio The Ohio State University Moritz College of Law 3L
Arielle Hooks Duke University School of law 2L
Candace Milner The Ohio State University Moritz College of Law 1L
"Throughout my adolescent years, I knew achieving my goals was possible, however, envisioning how to achieve them was often difficult. An illustration of educational leadership could not be found in my family, considering that my father graduated high school barely able to read, and my mother did not complete high school. Additionally, my grandmother, who raised my sister and me, did not attend high school. Since my family was unable to educate me on the best ways to navigate my journey to higher education, I turned to the Law and Leadership Institute to guide me. Over time the program helped me discover that I wanted to be a lawyer. It was extremely inspiring to be around lawyers, law students, and law professors who assured me that I could be successful in the legal field. Despite facing various obstacles, I remained motivated and refused to give up on my goal of becoming a lawyer.â€? - Law school application essay of Arielle Hooks, LLI Graduate, Duke University School of Law 2L
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SUPPORTERS IN 2018-2019 ACCESSLEX ADVOCATES FOR BASIC LEGAL EQUALITY AKRON BAR FOUNDATION AKRON COMMUNITY FOUNDATION BAKERHOSTETLER BRICKER & ECKLER CAFFEE, HALTER & GRISWOLD, LLP CINCINNATI BAR FOUNDATION COLUMBUS BAR ASSOCIATION COLUMBUS BAR FOUNDATION COMMUNITY LEGAL AID SERVICES, INC. COOLIDGE WALL EASTMAN & SMITH LTD. EDWARD L. GILBERT CO. ENNIS BRITTON CO, LPA FROST BROWN TODD GREER LAW FIRM KASTNER WESTMAN AND WILKINS KEGLER BROWN HILL & RITTER KEYBANK FOUNDATION LEGAL AID OF WESTERN OHIO LEXISNEXIS CARES MACMURRAY & SHUSTER LLP MURRAY AND AGNES SEASONGOOD GOOD GOVERNMENT FOUNDATION NATIONWIDE OHIO STATE BAR FOUNDATION PORTER WRIGHT MORRIS & ARTHUR PROCTER & GAMBLE ROBISON CURPHEY & O'CONNELL ROETZEL & ANDRESS SHANDA SPURLOCK MEMORIAL FUND OF THE GREATER CINCINNATI FOUNDATION SHUMAKER LOOP & KENDRICK SQUIRE PATTON BOGGS STARK & KNOLL CO., LPA SUPREME COURT OF OHIO TAFT STETTINIUS & HOLLISTER THE DANIEL AND SUSAN PFAU FOUNDATION THE DAYTON FOUNDATION THE GREATER CINCINNATI FOUNDATION THE HARRY C. MOORES FOUNDATION THE MATRIOTS-PAC THE MAYNARD FAMILY FOUNDATION THE WENDY'S COMPANY THOMPSON HINE TOLEDO BAR ASSOCIATION U.S. DISTRICT COURT, NORTHERN DISTRICT OF OHIO U.S. DISTRICT COURT, SOUTHERN DISTRICT OF OHIO VORYS SATER SEYMOUR AND PEASE LLP
DAVID ALEXANDER THE HONORABLE VERNELIS ARMSTRONG JAMES ARNOLD PHILOMENA ASHDOWN
F. DANIEL BALMERT BELINDA BARNES KATHRYN BELFANCE JNEEMA BELL SALLY BLOOMFIELD KATRINA BONG STEPHEN BUCHENROTH KIMBALL CAREY RANDALL COMER DAVID COOK STUART CUBBON PAUL DEMARCO FRANK DESANTIS RICHARD DOVE ANTHONY EHLER STEVEN ELLCESSOR LISA ESCHLEMAN TOBA FELDMAN JAMES FLYNN LINDSAY FORD ELLIS STEVEN FORRY PAUL FRANZ AND SHARI LOO JUSTICE JUDITH FRENCH CAROL FRIEL EDWARD L. GILBERT SYLVIA LYNN GILLIS GREGORY GOROSPE PAUL HARRIS JEFFREY HEINTZ JENNIFER HOLADAY JONATHAN HOLLINGSWORTH BARBARA HOWARD JAMES HUGHES III DAN JAFFE J. SCOTT JAMIESON CREOLA JOHNSON MAYOR WADE KAPSZUKIEWICZ MELISSA KENDRALLA MARIE-JOELLE KHOUZAM JOESPH KODISH GARY LEPPLA DAVID LEWIS JEFFREY LINDEMANN KERMIT LOWERY STEVEN MARKS MICHAEL AND ELIZABETH MATTINA ELIZABETH MCNELLIE ALLISON MEENA FRANK MERRILL DEOBRAH MERRITT ROBERT AND AMY MILLER ROBERT MINOR LESLEE MIRALDI BROCK MISKIMEN MARTIN MOHLER THE HONORABLE CARLA MOORE RICHARD AND SALLY MOORE DAVID AND MARCIA MOYER JENNIFER NELSON CARNEY TERRY OVERBEY KEN PATEL
MICHAEL PETRUCCI JEROME PHILLIPS HEATHER POTTS WALTER REYNOLDS THE HONORABLE WALTER RICE CARMEN ROBERTO MICHAEL ROBINSON NANCY AND DOUG ROGERS DIANNE ROSENBERG STANLEY ROSS MICHAEL SAAD JEFFREY SHERMAN THE HONORABLE ARLENE SINGER CARL SMALLWOOD MARION SMITHBERGER MARK STALL JACK STAPH MARK EDWARD STONE ANDREW STORAR JOSEPH STULBERG THE HONORABLE JEFFREY SUTTON ROBERT WARE ROBERT WEILER WILLIAM WEISENBERG ALEC WIGHTMAN MERLE WILBERDING BENJAMIN WILSON C. CRAIG WOODS E.J. AND SARA WUNSCH
In Kind Supporters OHIO STATE BAR ASSOCIATION OHIO CENTER FOR LAW-RELATED EDUCATION SUPREME COURT OF OHIO UNIVERSITY OF AKRON SCHOOL OF LAW CAPITAL UNIVERSITY SCHOOL OF LAW CASE WESTERM RESERVE UNIVERSITY SCHOOL OF LAW UNIVERSITY OF CINCINNATI COLLEGE OF LAW CLEVELAND MARSHALL COLLEGE OF LAW THE OHIO STATE UNIVERSITY MORITZ COLLEGE OF LAW UNIVERSITY OF DAYTON SCHOOL OF LAW UNIVERSITY OF TOLEDO COLLEGE OF LAW
CELEBRATION With remarks from Ohio Supreme Court Chief Justice Maureen O'Connor, on September 20, 2018, we celebrated 10 years of the Law & Leadership Institute with a cocktail reception at the Ohio Statehouse honoring some of the individuals and organizations who have helped us make the program possible.
10 YEAR ANNIVERSARY HONOREES
Ohio State Bar Foundation Nancy Rogers The Supreme Court of Ohio Carl Smallwood Ohio State Bar Association Hope Sharett JoAnn Sahl Ohio law schools Steve Jemison Columbus Bar Foundation US District Courts for the Northern & Southern Districts of Ohio Key Bank
high school graduation rate
college matriculation rate
500 law student instructors
300 individual donors
DIVERSITY IN LEADERSHIP
An essential component of the LLI program is having law students serve as instructors for the high school students. It is that part of the program we have started to overhaul and make more robust through the Diversity in Leadership Fellowship. The Fellowship involves working with 1L students to help them explore issues of diversity and inclusion in the legal profession and in civic leadership. Through statewide workshops, we bring in public officials and board members of non-profit organizations, speakers offering perspectives from the judiciary, corporate offices, firms, government offices, and experts in issues of Diversity & Inclusion. The fellows also prepare to be effective instructors for our students during the summer. The fellowship provides the double benefit of attracting high caliber law students to work with our high school students while hopefully making the law students more attractive candidates as they consider these important issues in our profession. The philosophy of the fellowship is similar to that of Teach for America. Many TFA corps members do not remain in the classroom but take their experiences there to serve in leadership positions in other professions. “Our corps members find that classroom leadership is foundational for their long-term leadership. They gain context, clarity, and conviction to lead a life of impact in every career sector." Through the Diversity in Leadership Fellowship, the fellows gain the "context, clarity, and conviction" to impact the administration of justice regardless of their future career path.
INITIAL SUCCESS The pilot year of the fellowship started with the hiring of 19 fellows in March 2019. The fellows represented the following law schools: Capital University Law School Cleveland-Marshall College of Law Ohio Northern University Claude W. Pettit College of Law Salmon P. Chase College of Law The Ohio State University Moritz College of Law University of Dayton School of Law University of Toledo College of Law
Diversity in Leadership Advisory Council Thanks to the leadership and vision of the Ohio State Bar Foundation in providing significant funding for the pilot year of the fellowship, the Columbus Bar Foundation's Managing Partners Diversity Initiative started the Diversity in Leadership Advisory Council. The managing partners designated attorneys early in their practice to support the
University of Akron School of Law
fellowship through advising the
The demographics of the fellows
meeting with the fellows for lunch
include: 68% Female 32% Male
fellows on their research projects, discussions during their workshops, and participating with the fellows in their work with the students.
In its first year, both fellows and students have responded favorably to the fellowship. One fellow was in tears at the end of the summer program because her experience with the students was so positive. Another is using the research project as an opportunity to write a book about obstacles single parents face in higher education and the legal profession. Likewise, many students cited their instructors as being the most valuable part of the program. Some included comments such as: "The most valuable part of the program was our teacher. He went above and beyond to make this year fun and interesting for us." "Teachers made the curriculum easy
32% African American
to connect with."
26% Hispanic 32% Caucasian 03 10% Multiracial
"I had an amazing teacher. He was helpful, relatable, and responsible. He made each day better."
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