CONTACT: Kenneth A. Brown, OSBA, 800-282-6556 or 614-487-4426
Columbus, OHIO (May 7, 2012) –Jeremy Young has gone from playing the part of a mock trial student lawyer to serving as a lawyer volunteer for the competition.
The Ohio Mock Trial, a statewide, moot-court style competition for high school students organized by the Ohio Center for Law-Related Education (OCLRE), marked its 29th anniversary in 2011. During his senior year at Buckeye High School in Medina County, Young participated in the program and won the award for best lawyer in the area competition. He said of this experience, “Although it was not immediately apparent to me afterward that I wanted to be a lawyer, Mock Trial was one of the experiences that ultimately inspired me to pursue a legal career.”
In the spring of 2010, Young was encouraged by a fellow attorney at Roetzel & Andress of Columbus to volunteer as a Mock Trial judge, and to join the committee that drafts the case file every year for the competition. Young explains, “Ohio boasts the second largest high school mock trial program in the country, generating an original, topical, newsworthy case every year that provides students the opportunity to better understand constitutional issues.” He adds that one of the most rewarding aspects of Mock Trial volunteer service is being able to use his expertise to help students learn about the legal system. “I was standing in their shoes when I was in high school, and if their experience in the program has led them to consider a legal career, I’m proof that it can be done.”
A member of the Ohio State Bar Association (OSBA) since 2007, Young’s practice at Roetzel & Andress is in the area of civil litigation. He focuses on business and commercial litigation, and personal injury defense, and has developed a specialty in eminent domain. He is currently pursuing a certification in appellate law through the OSBA’s attorney certification program.
Young received a bachelor’s degree in English literature from The Ohio State University and a law degree from OSU’s Moritz College of Law. Outside of work, Young serves on the board of trustees for the Hampstead Village Homeowners Association in New Albany. He and his wife, Jill, enjoy volunteering as coaches for Special Olympics, and recently coached soccer for the Westerville Special Olympics. They reside in New Albany with their daughter, Caitlin, and the family dog, Oliver.
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 legal assistants 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.