Upper Arlington lawyer takes committee lead in public service for education; discusses “Tina’s Law”

CONTACT: Kenneth A. Brown, OSBA, 800-282-6556 or 614-487-4426
Columbus, OHIO (April 26, 2010) – The Ohio State Bar Association’s (OSBA) Education Law Committee’s mission urges committee members to take an active part in the legislative process to ensure laws are working for education law practitioners and for Ohio’s schools. As the committee’s chair, Lisa Burleson has been monitoring a new state law dubbed “Tina’s Law,” which is aimed at addressing dating violence.
“This law expands the terms ‘bullying’ and ‘harassment’ that we’ve been addressing for quite some time in schools and expands the types of behaviors that are considered inappropriate,” Burleson says. She adds that Ohio schools are preparing to implement policies and programming to meet the new law’s requirements for next school year.
Burleson sees her role as helping to make her community to become a better place to live. “I believe very strongly in public education,” Burleson says. “The ability to give back to my community by providing counsel to public school districts is an amazing feeling.” She also volunteers for a free monthly legal clinic offered through her church.
Burleson is a graduate of Capital University Law School. She has been a member of the OSBA since 2002 and previously served on the Labor and Employment Law Committee. She and her husband, Chris, currently reside in Upper Arlington with their two children, Gunnar and Gabriella.
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.
EDITORS NOTE: Burleson’s residence zip code is 43212. A video interview with Burleson about Tina’s law is available at http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=2EQ1hr4Fvbc.



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