OSBA Leadership Academy begins new class

Lawyer leadersThe Ohio State Bar Association will begin on Feb. 1, 2013, the fourth class of its Leadership Academy designed to identify future leaders in the legal community and provide them with support and training.

“The OSBA initiated the Leadership Academy as a way for young lawyers 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 Judge Patrick F. Fischer, 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 on 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, economic development; etc. 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 CLE 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 2013 participants includes: 
Stephanie Adams
Grange Insurance
Columbus, OH 43016

Lucas M. Blower
Brouse McDowell
Akron, OH 44333

Kurt W. Bruderly
The Law Offices of Kurt W. Bruderly, LLC
Toledo, OH 43551

Lindsey K. Donehue
Lindsey K. Donehue
Cambridge, OH 43725

Daniel Fausey
Ohio Attorney General's Office, Taxation
Columbus, OH 43202

Lindsay Marsico Johnson
Freund Freeze & Arnold Co., LPA
Dayton, OH 45066

John C. Kaspar
Gray & Duning
Lebanon, OH 45242

Angela Kirk
Manley Deas Kochalski LLC
Columbus, OH 43206

Michael L. Lipinski
U.S. Dept of Health & Human Services, Office of the Ntl Coordinator for Health IT
Mentor, OH 44060

Yulanda McCarty-Harris
Cleveland State University
Cleveland, OH 44512

John A. Minter
Asst. Marion County Prosecutor
Marion, OH 43015

Eugenio Mollo, Jr.
Advocates for Basic Legal Equality, Inc.
Toledo, OH 43612

Melissa A. Schiffel
Fairfield Co. Prosecuting Attorney's Office
Lancaster, OH 43551

Michael Schmeltzer
Amer Cunningham Co., LPA
Akron, OH 44321

Philip B. Sineneng
Thompson Hine LLP
Columbus, OH 43215 *

Adrienne L. Stemen
McDonald Hopkins, LLC
Cleveland, OH 44113

Brandie L. Swickrath
Allen Co. Common Pleas Court, Juv. Div.
Lima, OH 45807

Editor's note: Zip codes are home zips unless otherwise indicated (*=business zip).

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 on nomination. Selection is based on many factors, including stated commitment to the goals of the Academy; and diversity (geographic, gender, ethnic, racial, age, disability, etc.). Visit www.ohiobar.org/la to find out more.

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