OSBA Leadership Academy begins new class

CONTACT: Kenneth Brown – 800-282-6556 or 614-487-4426

Columbus, Ohio (Jan. 15, 2014) –
The Ohio State Bar Association (OSBA) has begun the fifth class of its Leadership Academy designed to identify future leaders in the legal community and provide them with support and training.

“Last weekend, we brought together this new group of promising and talented young lawyers who will work over the coming year to hone their leadership skills. The OSBA initiated the Leadership Academy as a way for participants to learn how to become leaders in their firms, in their communities, and in the legal profession. This program shares the vast resources of the Ohio State Bar Association with participants, introduces them to the broader legal community, and provides them with enhanced leadership skills they can use in their practices and in their communities,” said Jonathan Hollingsworth, OSBA president. 

Specifically, OSBA’s Leadership Academy seeks to:
  • Identify and train lawyers for future opportunities for leadership in the Association, the profession and in the community;
  • Nurture effective leadership with respect to ethical, professional and community service issues;
  • Raise the level of awareness among lawyers regarding the broad range of issues facing the legal profession and to build relationships among legal leaders across state and experience levels; and
  • Create a cadre of lawyers upon which the OSBA, state and local government entities, local bar associations and community organizations can call on for leadership and service.
This interactive leadership training program is conducted during a seven-month period. Sessions cover issues such as leadership; ethics and professionalism; state and local government; access to justice; community service; and economic development. Participants learn skills to become effective writers and public speakers. They become problem solvers and effective lawyer leaders. Speakers and mentors include leaders from the bench and bar, state and local government and the community. At least 12 credit hours of continuing legal education are available for the program. At the conclusion of the program, participants are asked to prepare an individual leadership plan based on their experiences in the Academy.

Members of the new class include lawyers from large and small firms, in large cities and small towns, from a variety of legal disciplines. The list of the 2014 participants includes:
Sarah B. Baker
Roetzel & Andress, LPA
Akron, OH 44308
(home – 44313)
Terri E. Brunsdon
Brunsdon Law Firm LLC
Akron, OH 44311
(home – 44224)
J. Aaron Byrd
Frost Brown Todd LLC
Cincinnati, OH 4520
(home 41091 – Union, KY)
Clayton Crates
Arthur, O'Neil, Mertz, Michel & Brown Co., LPA
Defiance, OH 43512
(home – 43512)
George L. Davis IV
George L. Davis, III Co., L.L.C.
Portsmouth, OH 45662
(home - 45662)
Christen N. Finley
The Law Firm of Richard M. Lewis, LLC
South Point, OH 45680
(home – 45680)
Bridget A. Franklin
Brouse McDowell LPA
Akron, OH 44311
Michael J. Frantz Jr.
Frantz Ward, LLP
Cleveland, OH 44114
(home – 44012)   
Holly Gleason
Franklin County Municipal Court
Columbus, OH 43215
(home-New Concord – 43762)
Christa A. Grywalsky Heckman
Zashin & Rich Co., L.P.A.
Cleveland, OH 44113
(home – 44070)
Sara H. Jodka
Porter Wright Morris & Arthur LLP
Columbus, OH 43217
(home – 43221)
Anne P. Keeton
Subashi & Wildermuth
Dayton, OH 45440
(home - 45429)
Catherine F. Lacho
Frost Brown Todd LLC
Columbus, OH 43215
(home – 43215)
Timothy M. McKeen
Steptoe & Johnson PLLC
Wheeling, WV 26003
(home – Yorkville, OH 43971)

Tennille E. Newton
Plassman, Rupp, Hagans & Newton
Archbold, OH 43502
Zachary D. Prendergast
Graydon Head & Ritchey LLP
Cincinnati, OH 45202
(home – 45202)
James J. Reagan
Cincinnati Insurance Company
Akron, OH 44308
(home – 44149)
Emily C. Samlow
Wood County Common Pleas Court
Bowling Green, OH 43402
(home 43525)
Christopher Marlowe Shook
Morrow, Gordon & Byrd, Ltd.
Newark, OH 43055
(home – 43073)
Frederick W. Stratmann
Ohio Department of Veterans’ Services
Columbus, OH 43215
(home – 43082)
Mariah Butler Vogelgesang
Cleveland State University
Cleveland, OH 44114
(home – 44012)
Class size for Academy programs is limited to a maximum of 24 lawyers.  Candidates must be in practice at least five years but less than 10 years.  Invitation to the Leadership Academy is made by the president of the Association upon application. Selection is based on many factors, including stated commitment to the goals of the Academy and diversity (geographic, gender, ethnic, racial, age, disability, etc.).

The Ohio State Bar Association, founded in 1880, is a voluntary association representing approximately 25,000 members of the bench and bar of Ohio, as well as nearly 4,000 paralegals and law students. Through its activities and the activities of its related organizations, the OSBA serves both its members and the public by promoting the highest standards in the practice of law and the administration of justice.

The OSBA’s core purpose is to advance the professional interests of members of the Ohio State Bar Association. The Association’s core values are member satisfaction, professionalism, foresight and quality services and products. The OSBA’s goal is to make membership in the Ohio State Bar Association indispensable to Ohio lawyers.



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