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Greater Dayton Area Diversity, Equity and Inclusion Legal Roundtable

Greater Dayton Area Diversity, Equity and Inclusion Legal Roundtable

Roundtable MeetingThe Greater Dayton Area Diversity, Equity and Inclusion Legal Roundtable strives to strengthen Dayton's legal community by promoting efforts to enhance diversity, equity and inclusion. Meetings of the Legal Roundtable are open to all legal professionals and law students.

The Legal Roundtable's initiatives include a mentoring program for diverse students, a summer diversity clerkship program and virtual mock interview sessions for students.

If you're interested in participating in the Legal Roundtable or one of its initiatives, please contact Dayton Law Assistant Dean of Diversity, Equity and Inclusion Julie Zink or Wray Blattner with Thompson Hine LLP. 

Meetings of the Greater Dayton Area Diversity, Equity & Inclusion Legal Roundtable are open to all legal professionals and law students. For more information or to be added to the Roundtable mailing list, please contact: Ellen.Geron@ThompsonHine.com.

Student Testimonials

Law students from the University of Dayton School of Law reflect on their experiences participating in two wonderful programs put on by UDSL's Black Law Students Association and the Greater Dayton Area Diversity, Equity and Inclusion Legal Roundtable.

Student Testimonials

Law students from the University of Dayton School of Law reflect on their experiences participating in two wonderful programs put on by UDSL's Black Law Students Association and the Greater Dayton Area Diversity, Equity and Inclusion Legal Roundtable.

Key Initiatives

Roundtable MeetingMentoring Program

The University of Dayton School of Law (UDSL) and the Greater Dayton Diversity, Equity & Inclusion Legal Roundtable are partnering in a mentoring program between students from historically underrepresented backgrounds (which includes students who identify as women, minorities, LGBTQ+ and disabled) and legal professionals in the Dayton area. 

Purpose:
The purpose of the mentoring program is to provide encouragement, support, and training to historically underserved law students, while strengthening their ties to Dayton and building their professional relationships in the Dayton legal community. 

How it Works:
Students (Mentees) will be paired with legal professionals (Mentors) based on their strengths and interests in particular areas of law. Each month, both the Mentor and the Mentee will be assigned a task to be completed based on a set curriculum. 
Curriculum:

  • Branding and Self-Awareness Assessment
  • Public Speaking & Effective Communication
  • Academic Success
  • Networking & Building Professional Relationships
  • Ethical Obligations

If you have questions or comments, please contact Zion Savory at savoryz1@udayton.edu or Cori Haper at Cori.Haper@ThompsonHine.com.

Virtual Mock Interview Sessions

The 2021 “Mock Interview” session were virtual this year, but very interactive, providing students with simulated job interviews and immediate, substantive feedback. Students have found the experience rewarding, as have the attorneys and judges who have participated in the past.

Further information will be provided to those who wish to participate.

If you are interested in participating or would like further information, please contact Jamar King or Ebony Davenport.

Summer Diversity Clerkship Program

The Diversity Clerkship program is open to both rising 2Ls and rising 3Ls. We are reaching out to law students throughout Ohio to apply for positions. The Roundtable will refer candidates to participating firms/courts/offices, based on the organization’s preferences.

Thank you to returning participants Wright & Schulte, Thompson Hine, the Montgomery County Public Defender’s Office, the Dayton Municipal Court, and the Federal District Court for the Southern District of Ohio. Once again, Julius Carter will be funding a student’s clerkship.

Welcome and thank you to new participants Faruki+ and Legal Aid of Western Ohio. We
encourage your firm, office, and/or organization to join or financially support the Diversity Clerkship program. You will make a difference!

If you are interested in participating or would like further information, please contact Jamar King or Ebony Davenport.

CONTACT

School of Law

Keller Hall
300 College Park
Dayton, Ohio 45469 - 2760
937-229-3555
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