OSBA Leadership Academy graduates new class

The Ohio State Bar Association graduated the third class of its Leadership Academy, which is designed to identify future leaders in the legal community and provide them with support and training, on July 13 at OSBA headquarters in Columbus.

(Pictured left to right: Front row: Mechelle Zarou, Lindsay Navarre, Chief Justice Maureen O’Connor, Diem Kaelber, Tricia Bell.
Second row: OSBA President Judge Patrick Fischer, Visalakshi  Gembala, Michele Noble, Jennifer Myers, Denise Ferguson, Jennifer Bouhall, OSBA Immediate Past President Carol Marx.
Third row: Theresa Nelson Ruck, Tabitha Justice, Christopher Carino, Frederick Fisher, Suzann Moskowitz, Audrey Varwig.
Back row: Robert Skidmore, Robert Krummen, George Hamm, Gary Stedronsky, Lori Ross, Ian English.
Not pictured: Kendra Carpenter, Jennifer Griveas and Paul Harris.)
The OSBA initiated the Leadership Academy to help prepare young lawyers to become leaders in their firms, in their communities and in the legal profession. This program familiarizes participants with the vast resources of the OSBA, introduces them to the broader legal community, and provides them with enhanced leadership skills. 
Members of the graduating class include lawyers from large and small firms, in large cities and small towns, from a variety of legal disciplines.  
The list of the 2012 graduates includes:  
Tricia Bell, Esq.
Taft, Stettinius & Hollister
Jennifer (Jenna) Bouhall, Esq.
Summit County Common Pleas Court
Christopher F. Cariño, Esq.
Brouse McDowell
Kendra L. Carpenter, Esq.
Sprankle Carpenter LLC
Ian B. English, Esq.
Lucas County Prosecutor's Office
Denise E. Ferguson, Esq.
Denise E. Ferguson, Esq.
Frederick (Derick) C. Fisher, Esq.
McCown & Fisher
Visalakshi R. (Sala) Gembala, Esq.
Catholic Charities Health and Human Services
Jennifer M. Griveas, Esq.
Eliza Jennings Senior Care Network
George  R. (GR) Hamm, Esq.
Scioto County Common Pleas Court
Paul R. Harris, Esq.
Ulmer & Berne LLP
Tabitha Justice, Esq.
Subashi & Wildermuth
Diem N. Kaelber, Esq.
Buckley King LPA
Robert (Rob) J. Krummen, Esq.
Vorys, Sater, Seymour & Pease LLP
Suzann R. Moskowitz, Esq.
The Moskowitz Firm LLC
Jennifer L. Myers, Esq.
Poling & Petrello
Lindsay D. Navarre, Esq.
Lucas County Prosecutor's Office
Michele L. Noble, Esq.
Thompson Hine LLP
Lori A. Ross, Esq.
Strauss & Troy LPA
Theresa Nelson Ruck, Esq.
Sams, Fischer, Packard & Schuessler, LLC
West Chester
Robert C. Skidmore, Esq.
Skidmore & Hall Co., LPA
Gary T. Stedronsky, Esq.
Ennis, Roberts & Fischer Co., LPA
Audrey E. Varwig, Esq.
Dickie McCamey & Chilcote PC
Mechelle Zarou, Esq.
Shumaker, Loop & Kendrick, LLP
Specifically, OSBA’s Leadership Academy seeks to: 

  • Identify and train lawyers for future opportunities for leadership in the OSBA, 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 the state and experience levels; and
  • Create a cadre of lawyers upon 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 continuing legal education (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.
Class size for Academy programs is limited to 24 lawyers. Candidates must be in practice at least five years but fewer than 10 years. Invitation to the Leadership Academy is made by the president of the Association upon 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.).



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