Law and Leadership Institute commencement March 16

March 15, 2013 | Events, UToday, Law
By Rachel Phipps

The first class to enter the Law and Leadership Institute at The University of Toledo College of Law will graduate from the program Saturday, March 16.



Justice Judith Ann Lanzinger of the Supreme Court of Ohio, a 1977 alumna of the UT College of Law, will be the keynote speaker.

The 18 graduates, all seniors at local high schools, will participate in a mock trial competition against Law and Leadership Institute students from the University of Akron School of Law Saturday, March 16, from 10:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. in the Law Center Cubbon Courtroom.

The commencement ceremony will follow at 3:30 p.m. in the Law Center McQuade Auditorium.

Supported by the Ohio State Bar Foundation, the Supreme Court of Ohio, Ohio’s nine law schools and others, the Law and Leadership Institute is a statewide initiative to help prepare students from underserved communities for post-secondary success through a four-year academic program in law, leadership, analytical thinking and writing skills. The UT College of Law’s program began in 2009 with a single ninth grade class; a new class has joined the program each following year.

“We are very proud of the students we have worked with in the Law and Leadership Institute, especially those we have seen grow during the past four years. We are grateful to all of the sponsors for supporting this effort to diversify the legal profession,” said Daniel J. Steinbock, dean of the UT College of Law.

The Law and Leadership Institute was piloted in Columbus and Cleveland in 2008, and has since grown to more than 400 high school students on eight law school campuses across the state.

For more information, visit the Law and Leadership Institute website or contact Marilyn Preston, professor of legal writing and director of the UT Law and Leadership Institute, at 419.530.2863 or

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