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Columbus attorney travels to Africa as part of international volunteer program

CONTACT: Stephanie Beougher, OSBA, 800-282-6556 or 614-487-4415

Chad ReadlerColumbus, OHIO (Sept. 19, 2011) – Chad Readler, a partner at Jones Day in Columbus, recently traveled to Nairobi, Kenya to help train lawyers in the African nation. He calls it a “once in a lifetime experience.”

“During the week-long training, we assisted the lawyers in this emerging democracy with their trial advocacy skills through a mock trial,” Readler said. “I benefitted immensely from the opportunity to get to work with these young lawyers, experience the culture and get a better understanding of the issues that country is facing.”

Readler participated with more than 20 other lawyers and judges from around the world in the Lawyers Without Borders (LWOB) program. LWOB brings lawyers together from around the world to give back through pro bono service—supporting rule of law, economic development, peace building and sustainability in the legal sector throughout the world. Kenya enacted a new constitution in 2010, and Readler’s group addressed recently enacted sexual assault statutes by holding a mock trial on gender violence.

Readler has worked on other international rule of law projects, but this is the first time he has traveled to a foreign country to participate in training. Readler highly recommends the program. “If you’re a lawyer and have the chance to take one of these trips, make the time and do it. It was an experience that will stay with me forever.”

Readler is a 1997 graduate of the University of Michigan Law School. His law practice at Jones Day has an emphasis on appellate litigation. He is a Fellow of the Ohio State Bar Foundation and a frequent continuing legal education (CLE) speaker for the Ohio State Bar Association. He also chairs the Commission on the Ohio Judicial Center. In the community, he was a founder of the Crittenton Community School in Columbus and is chair of the Ohio Alliance for Public Charter Schools. Readler lives in Columbus with his six-year-old daughter.

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.

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Note: Readler’s home address is 43054. He comments on his Kenyan experience in a video interview available on the Ohio State Bar Association YouTube channel at http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=CSopW4GwKzQ.

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