May 17, 2017
Justice O'Donnell Speaks at Cuyahoga County Common Pleas Court Lawyer to Lawyer Event

Image of Ohio Supreme Court Justice Terrence O'Donnell with Cuyahoga County Common Pleas Court Judge Brendan J. Sheehan

Ohio Supreme Court Justice Terrence O'Donnell (left) and Cuyahoga County Common Pleas Court Judge Brendan J. Sheehan (right).

Being a new attorney is exciting, and more than a little bit intimidating!

To help ease them into the legal system, the Cuyahoga Common Pleas Court held its annual Lawyer to Lawyer Mentoring Program in conjunction with the Ohio Supreme Court on May 10.

Organized by Judge Brendan J. Sheehan, the mentoring program allowed dozens of new attorneys to tour the Justice Center and the old courthouse. They observed the courtrooms where they might be called to appear and met with a number of judges in front of which they could end up practicing.

After the Court visit, the attorneys attended a reception in the old courthouse where they heard from Ohio Supreme Court Justice Terrence O’Donnell, who encouraged them to find a veteran attorney or Judge to act as a mentor.

Judge Sheehan introduced his colleagues in attendance, including Judges Pamela Barker, Michael Donnelly, Maureen Clancy, Cassandra Collier-Williams, and John Sutula.

As part of the mentoring program, the new lawyers learned more about the four divisions of the common pleas courts and how they operate. They also received a Supreme Court handout on “Professionalism In The Courtroom” that details some important Dos and Don'ts of courtroom etiquette.

Court Administrator Greg Popovich provided details about the Common Pleas Court General Division and how it operates on a daily basis. He talked about access to the Justice Center, security, and what attorneys can expect when they arrive for cases.