Young Columbus lawyer touts value of diversity, involvement
Candice Christon, an attorney in Columbus, believes that involvement with professional and community organizations is vital to a successful legal practice, not only because of the support it offers, but also for the richness that a variety of perspectives brings.
Christon is a national board member for the Women for Economic and Leadership Development (WELD). WELD has connected Christon to women from a wide variety of professions and lifestyles. According to Christon, the connections she has made through WELD have helped with career research as well as with brainstorming and fostering new projects. She said, "Being around so many different women of different professions is a great way to become exposed to ideas and opportunities you may never have considered before."
After taking time to study abroad in London and earning a B.A. in English from The Ohio State University, Christon pursued her law degree at Capital University Law School. At Capital, she was involved with several student organizations, including the Black Law Students Association and the Corporate and Business Law Association. These organizations gave Christon her first taste of professional community involvement, and led to her current service as a mentor to law students and young emerging professionals.
Christon's post-law school career developed in Columbus, and she acknowledges that being familiar with the area made her more aware of opportunities. "But," she notes, "the opportunities we get are more dependent on the person. If you're willing to go get it for yourself, you will." She added that taking time to nurture connections may be more important than finding an ideal practice location.
As a legal professional, Christon was chosen as a member of the Ohio State Bar Association (OSBA) Leadership Academy Class of 2015. The Academy identifies promising new lawyers and trains them for future opportunities in leadership in the Association, as well as in their profession and community. Christon's selection for Academy membership is an achievement, since only 24 lawyers are chosen to participate each year.
Christon has appreciated this and other opportunities that her career in the law has afforded her. She reports, "I have enjoyed my experiences in law so far and I feel like being a well-rounded individual is important for growth. I take in so much from working with others and I hope to see more diversity of personalities and backgrounds in the future."