Ohio State Bar Association and Ohio Supreme Court partner to deliver sexual harassment training for Ohio judges and attorneys



CONTACT: Annie Yamson

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Ohio State Bar Association and Ohio Supreme Court partner to deliver sexual harassment training for Ohio judges and attorneys

Columbus, Ohio (June 14, 2018) – More than 500 judges and attorneys from around the state will be participating in intensive sexual harassment training as part of a unique partnership between the Ohio Supreme Court and the Ohio State Bar Association (OSBA).


Raising the Bar: How Attorneys and Judges Can Help Eliminate Sexual Harassment in the Courts and the Legal Profession will take place this Friday, June 15 at the OSBA (1700 Lake Shore Drive, Columbus, OH 43204).


“It is important to educate those within the judicial community to prevent sexual harassment in our courthouses and wherever law is practiced,” Ohio Supreme Court Chief Justice Maureen O’Connor said. “Courthouses and law firms should be havens where all parties and employees should be respected and protected, not victimized by the individuals abusing their authority.”


The free Continuing Legal Education (CLE) seminar will include discussions on the existing legal framework for addressing sexual harassment claims and the limitations of civil liability and standard compliance training to prevent harassment. The course will explore the impact of harassment, responses to inappropriate workplace conduct and ways to prevent harassment by promoting respect and civility in the courthouse, law firms and elsewhere in the legal profession.


The program will be simulcast to the Ohio Supreme Court along with 21 other locations and two other bar associations around the state. (View a complete list of locations here.)


“As attorneys and judges, our mission is to not only vigorously represent and provide justice for any victims of sexual harassment, but also to have the courage to look in the mirror and ensure we are practicing what we preach,” Mary Augsburger, OSBA Executive Director and CEO said. “This program will allow us to hear from outstanding speakers and get practical tips on how to identify and prevent sexual harassment, as well as to create workplaces that are inclusive and free from abuse.”


Featured speakers include:

Hon. Ronald B. Adrine; Retired Judge, Cleveland Municipal Court
Hon. Richard J. Collins, Jr.; Judge, Lake County Common Pleas Court

Richard A. Dove, Esq.; Director, Board of Professional Conduct, The Supreme Court of Ohio

John S. Marshall, Esq.; Marshall & Forman LLC
Kelly Mulloy Myers, Esq.; Managing Partner, Freking Myers & Reul LLC

James A. Paretti, Jr., Esq.; Senior Counsel, U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission

Patricia A. Wise, Esq.; Spengler Nathanson P.L.L.

Joseph Caligiuri, Esq.; Disciplinary Counsel, Ohio Office of Disciplinary Counsel

Janica Pierce Tucker, Esq.; Partner, Taft Stettinius & Hollister LLP


A detailed schedule of the morning-long seminar can be found here.

Members of the media are invited to attend. Please RSVP by contacting Annie Yamson at ayamson@ohiobar.org or 614-487-4456.


Attorneys seeking CLE credit may register via the Supreme Court: https://scohio.co1.qualtrics.com/jfe/form/SV_3yKqfRPBkHrEZJX

(Please note that some locations are full)


About the Ohio State Bar Association 

The Ohio State Bar Association, founded in 1880, is a voluntary association representing approximately 26,000 members of the bench and bar of Ohio. Through its activities and the activities of its related organizations, the OSBA serves both its members and the public by promoting the highest standards in the practice of law and the administration of justice.