July 18, 2014

Bar Introduces Young Scholars to Legal Community

This week Columbus Bar had the opportunity to host The Ohio State University’s Young Scholars Program. The 15 high school seniors who participated in the Samuel DuBois Cook Summer Academy have aspirations for careers in law and government.

The students began with a tour of the Ohio Statehouse to learn how state law and policy is made and review the history of state government. The tour was followed by a conversation with members of the legal community who shared their experiences in alternate legal careers. Jamie Rehm, Shawn Beem, Mary Nienaber, Jill Snitcher McQuain, and Lori Keating spoke about how their law degrees and certifications led them to careers in admissions, ethics, and the courts. The panel gave the students a view of the myriad career opportunities available outside traditional legal practice.

The scholars visited both the Franklin County Municipal Court and the Supreme Court of Ohio. At the municipal court, the student observed arraignments and met with Judge James Green to discuss his path to the bench. The Supreme Court visit included a tour and a conversation with the Sandra Grosko, the Reporter of Decisions for the Court.

In addition to tours and meetings with members of the Columbus legal community, the students participated in a mock trial competition. The teams spent their afternoons at the Bar preparing for their trial on the last day, held in the Franklin County Court of Common Pleas. Current and former participants of Columbus Bar inc coached the mock trial teams. On the final day, several new attorneys spoke of their leadership opportunities and how early involvement has impacted their careers.

The Young Scholars Program was established in 1988. Under the leadership of the Office of Diversity and Inclusion, Young Scholars improves pre-college preparation, retention, and degree completion among high-ability academically gifted first-generation students with financial need from nine of the largest urban school districts in Ohio. The program has supported more than 3,000 pre-collegiate (grades 8 through 12) and collegiate (college undergraduates) scholars, providing them with comprehensive academic, career, and personal development programs in partnership with school district administrators and staff; Ohio State faculty, staff, students, and alumni; and community and corporate partners.