“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!
The summer internship program is fundamental to LLI’s success because it affords rising sophomores with real experience in the world of law. The internship lasts four full days and provides students with an introduction to the professional setting. Additionally, the internship allows the students to interact with lawyers by tackling legal problems and projects and by receiving feedback from supervising lawyers. The hosts have been instrumental to the success of LLI by helping students improve their reading, writing, oral communication, and analytical skills.
Last year, over 80 different firms, governmental agencies, and organizations throughout Ohio participated in the LLI summer internship program. Each host provides the students with a “learning by doing” experience for which the students receive a stipend. LLI has been extremely fortunate to have hosts that are committed to the success of its interns. In fact, many hosts often agree to have as many as three interns at their offices each summer in order to provide more students with exposure to the legal profession.
“The natural concerns of inconvenience and distraction of hosting summer interns always melt away upon meeting eager, intelligent and prepared LLI students. It’s exciting to have them and to see the potential they have to make the world a better place, and the potential we have to help them along in their journey. The students inevitably renew our faith in the future of our country and our profession,” said Stuart Cubbon of Cubbon & Associates in Toledo.
A summer internship is the “prize” offered to students who put in the time and effort to complete the eighth grade program. However, the most important result of the internship program is that it encourages students to believe that, one day, they too can succeed in a professional environment – most notably, as active and engaged lawyers!
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