Law and Leadership Institute welcomes new executive officers

The Law and Leadership Institute (LLI) has turned to Steve Jemison, its current board president and former Procter & Gamble chief legal officer, as chief executive officer and board president. Heather Creed, formerly managing director of Academic Programs at Legal Outreach in New York, has been selected as chief operating officer. Creed will be responsible for LLI’s day-to-day operations and Jemison will oversee all aspects of the organization but will focus particularly on fundraising. After four plus years of exemplary service, current Executive Director Hope Sharett has decided to step down.

Jemison has volunteered for this post because he firmly believes in the opportunity that LLI offers underserved kids in Ohio communities:

"I was a poor kid growing up in Chicago city schools. I know what it means to have someone believe that there could be a bigger, better future for me and to support that belief with their time and talents. This is a chance for me to do the same with our high school kids throughout the state of Ohio. LLI is special because it makes a difference in the lives of our kids, one student at a time."

LLI is based on Legal Outreach, a similar pipeline program started in New York. Creed feels uniquely qualified for this role:

"I have spent the last two years as managing director of academic programs at Legal Outreach, where I have seen the realities of obstacles encountered by students in struggling public schools. But I have also seen the strides that can be made when students are given interesting and challenging material in an engaging format and are allowed no excuses. Understanding the importance of this work made me a more effective administrator at Legal Outreach and will make me an effective leader at LLI."

Jemison and Creed will assume their responsibilities effective April 1, 2014.

The Law and Leadership Institute is a statewide initiative that inspires and prepares nearly 400 high school 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 is made possible, in part, by support from the Ohio State Bar Association and grants from the Ohio State Bar Foundation, the Supreme Court of Ohio, the Law School Admission Council, the American Electric Power Foundation, the Federal District Courts Southern and Northern Districts of Ohio, the Kettering Foundation, Ohio Law Schools and other public and private funders.

To learn more about the Law and Leadership Institute, visit or contact LLI at or (614) 485-3503.



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