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OSBA Leadership Academy begins new class

Business leadersThe Ohio State Bar Association has begun the fifth class of its Leadership Academy designed to identify future leaders in the legal community and provide them with support and training.

“Last weekend, we brought together this new group of promising and talented young lawyers who will work over the coming year to hone their leadership skills. The OSBA initiated the Leadership Academy as a way for participants to learn how to become leaders in their firms, in their communities, and in the legal profession. This program shares the vast resources of the Ohio State Bar Association with participants, introduces them to the broader legal community, and provides them with enhanced leadership skills they can use in their practices and in their communities,” said Jonathan Hollingsworth, OSBA president. 

Specifically, OSBA’s Leadership Academy seeks to:
  • Identify and train lawyers for future opportunities for leadership in the Association, the profession and in the community;
  • Nurture effective leadership with respect to ethical, professional and community service issues;
  • Raise the level of awareness among lawyers regarding the broad range of issues facing the legal profession and to build relationships among legal leaders across state and experience levels; and
  • Create a cadre of lawyers upon which the OSBA, state and local government entities, local bar associations and community organizations can call on for leadership and service.
This interactive leadership training program is conducted during a seven-month period. Sessions cover issues such as leadership; ethics and professionalism; state and local government; access to justice; community service; and economic development. Participants learn skills to become effective writers and public speakers. They become problem solvers and effective lawyer leaders. Speakers and mentors include leaders from the bench and bar, state and local government and the community. At least 12 credit hours of continuing legal education are available for the program. At the conclusion of the program, participants are asked to prepare an individual leadership plan based on their experiences in the Academy.

Members of the new class include lawyers from large and small firms, in large cities and small towns, from a variety of legal disciplines. The list of the 2014 participants includes:
Sarah B. Baker
Roetzel & Andress, LPA
Akron, OH 44308
Terri E. Brunsdon
Brunsdon Law Firm LLC
Akron, OH 44311
J. Aaron Byrd
Frost Brown Todd LLC
Cincinnati, OH 4520
Clayton Crates
Arthur, O'Neil, Mertz, Michel & Brown Co., LPA
Defiance, OH 43512
George L. Davis IV
George L. Davis, III Co., L.L.C.
Portsmouth, OH 45662
Christen N. Finley
The Law Firm of Richard M. Lewis, LLC
South Point, OH 45680
Bridget A. Franklin
Brouse McDowell LPA
Akron, OH 44311
Michael J. Frantz Jr.
Frantz Ward, LLP
Cleveland, OH 44114
Holly Gleason
Franklin County Municipal Court
Columbus, OH 43215
Christa A. Grywalsky Heckman
Zashin & Rich Co., L.P.A.
Cleveland, OH 44113
Sara H. Jodka
Porter Wright Morris & Arthur LLP
Columbus, OH 43217
Anne P. Keeton
Subashi & Wildermuth
Dayton, OH 45440
Catherine F. Lacho
Frost Brown Todd LLC
Columbus, OH 43215
Timothy M. McKeen
Steptoe & Johnson PLLC
Wheeling, WV 26003

Tennille E. Newton
Plassman, Rupp, Hagans & Newton
Archbold, OH 43502
Zachary D. Prendergast
Graydon Head & Ritchey LLP
Cincinnati, OH 45202
James J. Reagan
Cincinnati Insurance Company
Akron, OH 44308
Emily C. Samlow
Wood County Common Pleas Court
Bowling Green, OH 43402
Christopher Marlowe Shook
Morrow, Gordon & Byrd, Ltd.
Newark, OH 43055
Frederick W. Stratmann
Ohio Department of Veterans’ Services
Columbus, OH 43215
Mariah Butler Vogelgesang
Cleveland State University
Cleveland, OH 44114
Class size for Academy programs is limited to a maximum of 24 lawyers. Candidates must be in practice at least five years but less than 10 years. Invitation to the Leadership Academy is made by the president of the Association upon application. Selection is based on many factors, including stated commitment to the goals of the Academy and diversity (geographic, gender, ethnic, racial, age, disability, etc.).

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