Meet the OSBA's 2017 Leadership Academy class!

June 15, 2017

Congratulations to the Ohio State Bar Association's 2017 Leadership Academy class! On May 3, 2017, this group of extraordinary future leaders became the eighth class to graduate from the program.

(Pictured left to right: Front row: Bradley Adams, Air Force Materiel Command Law Office and Adams Law, Ltd; Tonya Hunter, Marathon Petroleum Company LP; Nick Kowalski, Montgomery County Court of Common Pleas; Rachel Sabo, The Friedmann Firm LLC; Brandon Pauley, Roderick Linton Belfance LLP;  Brittany Fausey, Anspach Meeks Ellenberger LLP; Matthew Fitzsimmons, The Fitzsimmons Law Office LLC; Christina Spencer, Hollingsworth & Washington, LLC; Adam Mathews, Dearie, Fischer & Mathews LLC; Melissa LaRocco, Legal Aid of Western Ohio, Inc.

Back row: Ian Weber, Weaner, Yoder, Hill & Weber, Ltd; Elizabeth Mote, Kitrick, Lewis & Harris Co., LPA; Matthew Grashoff, Brouse McDowell, LPA; Mindy Yocum, Yocum Law Office; Casey Davis, Buckinham Doolittle & Burroughs LLC; Betty Burley, The Burley Law Office; John Buchenic, The Law Office of John Buchenic Esq. Ltd; Anne McNab, Frost Brown Todd LLC; John Vigorito, Arthur, O'Neil, Mertz, Michel & Brown Co., LPA; Susan Suriano, Grossman Law Offices; Adam Motycka, U.S. Bankruptcy Court, Northern District of Ohio; Tonya McCreary Williams, McCreary Law, LLC; Gene Edwards, Franklin County Municipal Court.)


The Leadership Academy was designed for the OSBA to identify and train lawyers for future opportunities for leadership in the Association, the profession, and their community. Within six interactive sessions, participants are introduced to several prolific speakers and are given the opportunity to discuss engaging topics such as:

  • How to Be Effective with Clients, In-House Counsel, Partners and Judges;
  • Addressing Clients' Needs: The Partner's View Point, The Associate's Viewpoint; and
  • Branding Yourself: How Lawyers Can Use Social Media and Traditional Marketing.

They are given the support to enhance many of their important skills, including writing and public speaking. By the time that they graduate, they are transformed into problem solvers and effective lawyer leaders.

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