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Feb. 14, 2011
Supreme Court Initiative Wins National Recognition

A program piloted by the Supreme Court of Ohio in 2008 was recognized for excellence by the American Bar Association Friday at the group’s mid-year meeting in Atlanta.

The Ohio Law and Leadership Institute, which provides legally based instruction and leadership training to students in underserved communities, was lauded for establishing a pipeline program for those intending to complete college and enter the legal profession. The institute received honorable mention in the Raymond Pace and Sadie Tanner Mossell Alexander Award Competition for Excellence in Pipeline Diversity.

The Law and Leadership Institute began as a two-city initiative with 40 ninth graders in Cleveland and Columbus. Today, the program serves 286 students in Akron, Cleveland, Cincinnati, Columbus, Dayton and Toledo.

“The Law and Leadership Institute exemplifies the Supreme Court’s interest in and commitment to developing diversity throughout the legal system. This ‘pipeline project’ aids in constituting a legal system that will eventually reflect society’s diversity,” Chief Justice Maureen O’Connor said.

“The Supreme Court is proud to count the program among its many initiatives — from the introduction multi-lingual court forms to the establishment of certification criteria for court interpreters — to enhance the profession and ultimately increase access to justice for all Ohioans,” she said.

Students enter the program as freshmen, attending one of six Summer Institutes. The intensive five-week course in criminal law and court procedure is followed by an Academic Year Program that meets on Saturdays to strengthen core academic skills, oral advocacy and leadership potential. Students serve internships in their sophomore, junior and senior years.

All nine Ohio law schools, the Ohio State Bar Foundation, the Ohio State Bar Association, the Ohio Center for Law-Related Education, the metropolitan bar associations and city school districts are partners in the institute.

More information about the Law and Leadership Institute is available here.

Contact: Chris Davey or Regina Koehler at 614.387.9250.