OCLRE names new executive director

The Ohio Center for Law-Related Education (OCLRE) Board of Trustees selected Lisa Eschleman as the new executive director, effective Aug. 1, 2012.

Eschleman will bring more than 25 years of experience to the OCLRE, including leadership positions in non-profit organizations and private law practice. Most recently, Eschleman served as chair of the Environmental Review Appeals Commission. In addition, she has 17 years of teaching experience as an adjunct professor with The Ohio State University Moritz College of Law and Capital University Law School.   

“I am excited to have the opportunity to serve as executive director of the Center,” said Eschleman. “Law-related education has long been a passion of mine, and I look forward to being part of the Center’s growth and continued service to provide original law and citizenship programs for Ohio.”

Eschleman will take the place of former Executive Director Deborah DeHaan, a position DeHaan held for 13 years. Upon DeHaan’s announcement that she would retire, the Board of Trustees began a thorough search for the next Executive Director. There were many qualified applicants; however, the Board of Trustees ultimately decided that Eschleman was the best fit.

“We were very impressed by both her enthusiasm for law-related education as well as her level of experience working with non-profits, teaching and law,” said President of the Center’s Board of Trustees, Marion Smithberger. “We are all excited to work with Lisa and see her impact on the Center.”

The OCLRE’s programs include:

  • The Ohio Mock Trial Program
    Students learn firsthand about the law, court procedures and the judicial system while building critical 21st century skills;
  • Project Citizen
    A civic education project for middle and high school students designed to promote competent and responsible participation in state and local government through monitoring and influencing public policy;
  • We the People
    This nationally acclaimed program helps middle and high school students understand the history and principles of our constitutional government through simulated congressional hearings on constitutional rights and responsibilities;
  • Youth for Justice
    Students identify problems in their community, then design and implement solutions to remedy them;
  • Law & Citizenship Conference
    A two-day conference of workshops that give teachers the tools they need to engage and energize their social studies and civics classes; and
  • Ohio Government in Action Conference
    The Ohio Constitution comes to life as teachers get an insider view of Ohio government and meet state lawmakers and Supreme Court pf Ohio justices.



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