Columbus (May 29, 2014)—On June 12-13, the Law and Leadership Institute (LLI) will hold its Leadership Training and Reception to prepare nearly 70 law students and law school administrators from across Ohio to serve as instructors to more than 425 high school students at the 2014 LLI Summer Institute.
The Leadership Training and Reception will be held at The Ohio State University 4H Center, where law students and law school administrators will participate in workshops focused on LLI’s original curriculum. The curriculum they will be trained to use introduces high school students to the law and legal system. It also provides students with the skills and resources necessary for academic and professional success, including strengthening analytical abilities, writing and expression skills, and coursework on leadership and preparation for college admissions.
The law student/administrator instructors will also learn how to effectively manage a classroom, prepare lesson plans and create tests to evaluate student progress. “The Leadership Conference is an important opportunity for all LLI sites statewide to come together and refocus on our mission for the coming year,” stated Heather Creed, LLI chief operations officer. “Our students are at the heart of everything we do, and the better prepared our staff is, the more effectively they can serve the students.”
Workshop presenters include the Hon. Jeffrey Sutton, Sixth Circuit Court of Appeals and LLI Board member; Dean Kathy Northern and Professor Katherine Kelly, OSU Moritz College of Law; Professor Julie Silver, Eastern Kentucky University; Columbus attorneys Monica Dorman and Ryan Suskey; and Columbus teacher Melissa Kendralla of South-Western City Schools, who is an LLI board member. Veteran LLI instructors will also share their classroom experiences with the participants.
The Leadership Training features keynote presentations by Sarah Biehl, policy director of the Children’s Defense Fund-Ohio, on “Education as a Matter of Social Justice,” and Darren Nealy, director of student services at the University of Michigan Law School, on “Diversity and Importance of Cultural Competency.”
On June 12, the Law and Leadership Institute also will host the 2014 Leadership Reception at the law offices of Porter, Wright, Morris & Arthur. Chief Justice Maureen O’Connor will accept the Exemplary Legal Supporter award on behalf of the Supreme Court of Ohio. Vorys, Sater, Seymour and Pease LLP will be honored with the Exemplary Law Firm award. Akron Public School teacher and LLI instructor, AnnMarie Crofoot, and Mark Stall, general counsel for Toyota Industries North America, will be honored as Exemplary Volunteers.
The Law and Leadership Institute is a statewide initiative in collaboration with Ohio’s 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. LLI provides effective and innovative programming to more than 400 high school students on 8 law school campuses across Ohio. The Law and Leadership is made possible, in part, by grants from the Ohio State Bar Foundation, the Law School Admission Council and the American Electric Power Foundation, each a multi-year sustaining partner of LLI.