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Now You're 18 Program: How Can I Get Involved?

Lawyers, Bar Associations and Judges:

Students in your home communities need to understand, in practical terms, what happens when they become adults in the eyes of the law. You can help. You need:
  • A local school contact;
  • A school location and student audience;
  • A date and time; and
  • The OSBA's "Now You're 18" brochure and local contact information for copying and distributing.
If you are interested in speaking to high schools students about their rights and responsibilities as adults, tale the following steps:
  1. Contact the Ohio State Bar Association's Public Relations Department at (800) 282-6556 or (614) 487-2050 or Debby Cooper, public information manager, through dcooper@ohiobar.org to get a copy of your county's "contact" information (and to obtain a copy of the "Now You're 18" brochure if you are unable to download the "pdf" version from this Web site). (The pdf format requires Adobe Acrobat to download; if this is not installed on your computer, you can do so by clicking the "Adobe Acrobat" button at the bottom of this page.)

  2. Get in touch with your local League of Women Voters for assistance in identifying and contacting area schools (locate local chapters through: http://www.lwvohio.org).

  3. Arrange an assembly date with the appropriate school official. Remember that schools need to plan such events well in advance. It may be helpful to plan a "Now You're 18" assembly around an election, prom or graduation date, when voting or alcohol-related topics (for example) are pertinent.

  4. Work with the school to provide sufficient copies of the "Now You're 18" brochure and contact information for all student attendees. Use the brochure topic(s) as a springboard for a presentation; visit the OSBA Web site ("LawFacts" pamphletsand "Law You Can Use" articles) for additional information. Adapt your presentation to match the size of the audience and the location of the gathering. Engage students whenever possible with anecdotes from actual cases and/or by soliciting and answering their questions. Visual aids also may be helpful. Work with the school official or a teacher to find out what the focus of your presentation should be and for logistical or audio-visual help.
For PDF version of brochure, click here. Brochure may be photocopied and distributed, but may not be sold for a profit.

Teachers, Administrators, and Students:

This program is easy to do and has been proven successful in many communities in Ohio. Consider providing a "Now You're 18" assembly for senior students before homecoming or prom, or as part of graduation preparations.

You need:
  • A location;
  • A date and time;
  • A student audience;
  • The OSBA's "Now You're 18" brochure for copying and distributing; and
  • A presenter.
If you are interested in starting a "Now You're 18" program in your community, take the following steps:
  1. Contact your local bar association and/or your local League of Women Voters organization and let them know you'd like a lawyer, a judge, and/or a League representative talk with students in your school about their rights and responsibilities as they become adults.
    To locate local chapters of the League of Women Voters of Ohio, go to
    http://www.lwvohio.org. Click here for a list of local bar association contacts.

    Once a lawyer or judge has been identified, work with him or her to select a convenient date and time for a presentation. Provide any necessary background information about your school and suggest a focus for the presentation (such as voting or alcohol use).

  2. Contact the Ohio State Bar Association's Public Relations Department at (800) 282-6556 or (614) 487-2050 or through dcooper@ohiobar.org if you need help finding a lawyer or judge to visit your school, and/or to obtain county contact information to be distributed along with the "Now You're 18" brochure.

  3. Use the "Now You're 18" brochure to develop lessons plans, research assignments, skits or debates. The brochure includes Web links to more detailed "rights and responsibilities" information. The brochure is in a "pdf" format and requires Adobe Acrobat software to open. Download and install this software on your computer by clicking on the "Adobe Acrobat" button provided below.

For PDF version of brochure, click here.

Brochure may be photocopied and distributed, but may not be sold for a profit.

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