The Ohio State Bar Association (OSBA) has begun the fifth class of its Leadership Academy designed to identify future leaders in the legal community and provide them with support and training. Among the lawyers in the class includes Tennille E. Newton, an associate for Plassman, Rupp, Hagans & Newton in Archbold.
“Last weekend, we brought together this new group of promising and talented young lawyers who will work over the coming year to hone their leadership skills. The OSBA initiated the Leadership Academy as a way for participants 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 Jonathan Hollingsworth, 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 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; and economic development. 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 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.