Published 2/1/14 Mock Trial offers a taste of lawyering. As a lawyer who never set foot in a courtroom, Michael Vanderhorst was impressed with the experience high school students were getting Friday in Toledo Municipal Court. Participants in the Toledo Bar Association's annual Mock Trial Competition stood before a three-judge panel and argued the merits of a restraining order sought by a fictional high school group modeled after the Occupy Wall Street Movement. "If you have a hankering for the law profession, it's a great way to see if it's something you might like," Mr. Vanderhorst said.
Fifteen-year-old Danielle Lozano, a freshman at Toledo Early College High School, was excited to do just that. She admitted feeling awefully nervous just before taking her seat as a plantiff's attorney in the second round of the competition. "I watch shows on TV, and ever since I was little I've thought, 'I want to be a lawyer,'" she said.
Kristen Clark, 17, concedes she was not interested in a career in law even after picking up an "outstanding witness" award in her team's first round against St. Francis de Sales High School. "I'm more interested in science field," Kirsten, a senior at Sylvania Southview High School, said. "But this is just a great experience. It teaches you communication and leadership skills."
Both Kristen and Danielle were members of a team sponsored by the Law and Leadership Institute athe the University of Toledo, which made its first entry in the district mock trial competition Friday.
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Amid all of music’s brightest stars at the Grammys will be one of The Ohio State Moritz College of Law’s brightest minds, and a Law and Leadership Institute Instructor: Matt Borden. No, he won’t be performing or taking the stage, but he will be presenting his award-winning paper to hundreds of the top lawyers in entertainment law from around the country.
3L Matt Borden’s paper on the law governing the inheritance of digital music collections after people die was selected as the winner of the Grammy Foundation’s Entertainment Law Initiative Contest. Each year law students from around the country submit papers about legal issues facing the music industry today with the winner receiving $5,000 and an all-expense paid trip to the Grammys in Los Angeles, Calif. Borden will fly to Los Angeles on Thursday and attend a luncheon along with the four runners up of the contest to present his paper. Then he’ll attend the Grammys on Sunday. Congratulations, Matt! Read more here.
The 2014 Law and Leadership Summer Institute application process is now open to students who will enter the ninth grade at the start of the 2014-2015 school year. Don’t delay, space is limited!
The hard work and accomplishments of LLI Dayton participants and staff have not gone unnoticed by members of the Dayton community. One such volunteer, Merle F. Wilberding, an accomplished attorney with Dayton law firm Coolidge Wall Co., L.P.A., shared his thoughts on why students benefit from LLI programming during their high school years as a guest columnist of the Dayton Daily News on Thursday, September 12, 2013. Review the full article Strengthening bonds of our community, at the Dayton Daily News website: http://www.mydaytondailynews.com/search/?q=strengthening+bond+of+our+community. Thank you Mr. Wilberding!
The Law and Leadership Institute seeks to hire experienced development professional(s) to provide grant writing services and fundraising support to the organization on a part-time basis. LLI invites development professionals with substantial experience writing, submitting and securing grants for nonprofit entities to submit a cover letter, resume and attachments by September 15, 2013.