The Ohio State University Moritz College of Law has received a $600,000 boost from 12 of the largest law firms in Columbus in support of their Leadership Scholarship Initiative. Throughout the past year, Moritz reached out to firms across Ohio in an effort to raise funds to provide scholarships to talents students from diverse backgrounds, who demonstrate leadership abilities and are projected to excel in their organizations and communities. The response has been overwhelming.
“We are thrilled by the enthusiasm and support of the local bar for our Leadership Scholarship Initiative,” said Alan Michaels, dean of the Moritz College of Law. “The firms’ generosity reflects their confidence in this great law school and our shared role in the Columbus community. Their commitment will make a real difference in bringing the next generation of outstanding lawyers and leaders to Ohio State.”
Not only does the funding of the grant aid current and incoming students, it allows the firms to maintain a close connection to Ohio State, therefore extending Ohio State’s outreach into the legal profession.
“It is exciting … that the College would take an interest not only in preparing excellent lawyers but also in preparing excellent leaders for our community, professional groups, the judiciary, law firms, and businesses,” said Russell M. Gertmenian, managing partner of Vorys, Sater, Seymour and Pease, a scholarship contributor.
The scholarships are part of Moritz’s program on Law and Leadership, which prepares students for leadership challenges of the future in the profession and beyond. Among the notable firms that have contributed to the initiative are Bailey Cavarlieri, Baker Hostetler, Bricker & Eckler, Carpenter Lipps & Leland, Chester Willcox & Saxbe, Dinsmore & Shohl, Jones Day, Porter Write Morris & Arthur, Schottenstein Zox & Dunn, Squire Sanders & Dempsey, Thompson Hine, and Vorys, Sater, Seymour and Pease.