LLI recognizes extraordinary efforts of OSBA executive Bill Weisenberg

Some people think about making a difference. Some talk about it. It is the rare person who turns those thoughts and words into action. William K. Weisenberg, a 35-year veteran staff member of the Ohio State Bar Association, is one of those rare people. He was instrumental in starting Ohio’s Law & Leadership Institute (LLI), a statewide initiative to prepare students from underserved communities for success through a comprehensive four-year academic program in law, leadership, analytical thinking, problem-solving, writing skills and professionalism.  

On June 15, 2014, the LLI Board of Trustees unanimously voted to name OSBA Assistant Director Bill Weisenberg as an emeritus member of the board. Emeritus status is reserved for trustees who complete two full three-year terms and merit the distinction based on their extraordinary support of LLI and its mission.

Weisenberg was selected for emeritus status to recognize his collaborative work with the Supreme Court of Ohio, Ohio’s nine law schools and its legal community to create LLI, and his dedication to the expansion of program opportunities for LLI students throughout the state.

Steve Jemison, LLI president and CEO, said of Weisenberg, “Bill is a visionary. Not only was he a driving force in creating LLI in 2008, but he continues to dedicate his time and talents to publicly support the organization and its fundraising activities.” He added, “Bill’s dedication to LLI will benefit our students for many, many years to come.”

Weisenberg noted, “Our youth represent our future. While many of Ohio’s young people have ample opportunity for academic and professional success, many still do not. LLI can open doors to that kind of success, and I am pleased to be a small part of that effort.”

Since its inception in 2008, nearly 900 students have participated in the LLI program, which is offered in Ohio’s six largest urban areas on the campuses of eight law schools across the state. The first graduates of the program have just completed their first year of college.
   
The Law and Leadership Institute is a statewide initiative in collaboration with Ohio’s legal community that inspires and prepares students from underserved communities for post-secondary and professional success through a comprehensive four-year academic program in law, leadership, analytical thinking, problem solving, writing skills, and professionalism. LLI provides effective and innovative programming to more than 400 high school students on eight law school campuses across Ohio. The Law and Leadership Institute is made possible, in part, by grants from the Ohio State Bar Foundation, the Law School Admission Council and the American Electric Power Foundation, each a multi-year sustaining partner of LLI.

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