This year, LLI Program Director, Rachel Wilson, found a philanthropic way to merge her interest in fitness and her support for LLI. Rachel holds monthly fitness fundraisers at Bend Active, a local fitness apparel company located on Lane Avenue in Upper Arlington.
The classes are taught by Rachel or instructors that she has trained (in barre fitness), and all donations go directly to LLI. Bend Active contributes to this effort not only by hosting the events, but also by donating 10% of all purchases made on the days that these events occur, directly to LLI. For more information about these events, and Bend Active, click here. Thanks Rachel and Bend Active!
This summer, LLI welcomed 123 new students from around the state. LLI’s incoming freshmen were chosen out of the more than 160 applicants to the program based on their academic and professional skills. The above graphs present a break-down of the diverse class by site as well as race and ethnicity.
LLI is proud to announce the newest member to its leadership: F. Daniel Balmert, managing partner of the Akron office of Vorys, Sater, Seymour and Pease LLP. Mr. Balmert has nearly 30 years of experience and practices in the areas of general, commercial and product litigation, employment law and workers’ compensation.
Mr. Blamert served as the managing partner of the Vorys’ Cleveland office from 1983-2004. He was responsible for opening the firm’s Akron office in 2004 and has served as managing partner since its opening. Mr. Balmert has served as the past President of the Association of Defense Trial Attorneys as well as served on the Advisory Committee to the United States District Court, Northern District of Ohio where he has served as an Emeritus Member since 2008.
“It’s impossible to overestimate the amount of impact that Carl has had on the Institute,” said Steve Jemison, LLI’s chief executive officer and board president. “He is the force behind everything that we have been able to accomplish. His service is beyond extraordinary. He really is one of my heroes.”
The 2015 LLI Summer Institute wrapped up with a 9th grade mock trial showcase held at the Ohio Statehouse. After trying the case of State of Ohio vs. Trilby Van Acker in their home cities, the students brought their talents on the road to Columbus on July 31. The event was the first of its kind for LLI and was designed to build comradery and build on the skills incoming freshman developed during the Summer Institute.
Each site had two teams that competed in a morning and an afternoon round. After only five weeks in the program, the students demonstrated their critical thinking and public speaking skills before volunteer judges. A summer associate from Baker Hostetler who judged said, “It was a great event! We were really impressed by the students. They were very prepared and did a great job. Thank you so much for having us.”
A special thank you to all of the volunteer judges: Elizabeth Cary, Lisa Burleson, Nicole Fraser, Peter Bozzo, William Marks, Jordan Wish, Megan Kleinman, Lindsay Ford Ellis, Lisa Eschleman, Josiah Wilkinson, Martina Ellerbe, Jessica Greenberg, Suzanne Firestone and Caitlyn Smith as well as the Supreme Court, who hosted the group for lunch, and the Ohio Statehouse for helping to make this event a special end to the summer!