As the Professional Honorary of Ohio Lawyers, the Ohio State Bar Foundation (“OSBF”) welcomes a new class of Fellows each year, a group of attorneys who exemplify the highest standards of professionalism and are committed to serving their communities. Each Fellows class designs its own class experience, creating a Fellows Week of Service centered around a topic they choose. This year, the 2021 OSBF Fellows class focused on the needs of the LGBTQ+ community for the Fellows Week of Service, culminating in the OSBF Unity Summit: LGBTQ+ Education, Law and Policy. The Unity Summit brought together attorneys, social workers, educators, and other members of the public to hear from LGBTQ+ community voices and discuss LGBTQ+ legal issues.
We were thrilled to have topic experts such as Chief Justice Maureen O’Connor of the Supreme Court of Ohio; Micah McCarey, Director of the LGBTQ Center at Ohio University; and Dr. Scott Leibowitz, Medical Director of Behavioral Health at Nationwide Children’s Hospital THRIVE Program join us for the program. Cleveland-based spoken word poet Rachel Wiley closed out the summit, with a special performance.
Building Community: Introduction to LGBTQ+ Topics and Terminology
Members of the LGBTQ+ community provide cultural humility training to build a shared understanding of language and current topics, while developing self-awareness and reflection.
Director of the LGBT Center, Ohio University
(Ze/Hir/She/Her) Associate Director, Leadership Columbus
Kimberly Sue Griffiths
Attorney and Founder/Executive Director of OCTOPUS, LLC
(she/her) Director of Education & Outreach, Kaleidoscope Youth Center
Advancing Equality: Developments in the Law
Members of the judiciary and legal practitioners share developments in the law and issues of importance from a legal perspective.
NBC4 News Anchor and Attorney at Law
Chief Justice Maureen O'Connor
Supreme Court of Ohio
Judge Jeffrey Mackey
Franklin County Probate Court
Director of Constitutional Litigation, Lambda Legal
Director of Equity and Inclusion, ACLU
Intersections: Healthcare and Legal Policy
Providers discuss intersections between healthcare and legal policy and practice.
Executive Director, Equality Ohio
Manager of Education, Outreach and Testing, Caracole
Julia M. Applegate
Director, Equitas Health Institute
Special Performance from Spoken-Word Poet Rachel Wiley