Putting Our Mission Into Action


In 2009, The Ohio State Bar Foundation’s Fellows Class sponsored a state-wide video contest (B4USend) to help teachers, parents, and students understand the dangers of cyberbullying and sexting. The video, “You Can’t Go Back,” created and submitted by Heritage Middle School and Hilango Studios in Painseville, Ohio, was selected by the class.

In today’s post 2020 highly charged digital world, the potential legal, social, and emotional consequences have, unfortunately, not gone away since the video was first aired. By providing the most updated information, specific instructional activities and power point in an easy-to-use Teacher/Leader Guide, the Foundation is helping to address behaviors that can have devastating results for all concerned.



Constitution Classroom

Teachers are provided with updated case law, lesson plans, Power Point presentations and lawyer assistance for a creative approach to the teaching of the Constitution centered on 21st century issues. Thanks to the 2010 Fellows Class for initiating this project. 

Teaching tools

Free speech, religion, press, assembly, petition - we're number one!

Search and seizure - a reasonable test

Due process - respecting our rights

Three branches of government - a constitutional blueprint

Additional Resources

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Freedom. Independence. What’s not to like about becoming 18 – a noteworthy turning point in everyone’s life? In the eyes of the law, this is when you are now an adult, but with increased rights and responsibilities, comes the need to be aware of how the law changes after this turning point.  

Our easy-to-use presentation is a great tool to share real-life, legal examples which young adults can incorporate into their transition plan.

[email protected] SURVIVAL KIT (PDF)

[email protected] PRESENTER'S TIP SHEET (PDF)

PowerPoint Presentations:

Keys to the Courtroom

The 2006 Fellows Class created Keys to the Courtroom to help Pro Se defendants learn the basics of the courtroom. This program will also provide judges and lawyers with guidance to deal more effectively with those who represent themselves.



Light the Way: Don't Leave Your Loved Ones in the Dark

Talking about end of life care is uncomfortable for many, but it is important that each person has an opportunity to make these important choices for themselves.

In partnership with the Ohio End of Life Collaborative and LeadingAge Ohio (formerly, Midwest Care Alliance), the 2002 Fellows Class shares with you Conversations that Light the Way: Don’t Leave Your Loved Ones in the Dark – a practical guidebook to assist you with talking to your family and loved ones about the importance of living wills and healthcare power of attorney. 

On the Margin: Foster Youth at Risk for Human Trafficking

On the Margin: Foster Youth at Risk for Human Trafficking is a presentation and video created by the 2019 Fellows Class. The class put together this programming to highlight the alarming number of Ohio kids in foster care who fall victim to human trafficking.

Click here to watch and share the On the Margin: Foster Youth at Risk for Human Trafficking video.

Click here to download the On the Margin: Foster Youth at Risk for Human Trafficking PowerPoint presentation. 

Click here to download the On the Margin: Foster Youth at Risk for Human Trafficking presentation guide.

o.p.e.n. court

Going to court is unsettling - especially for youth with exceptional needs. As parents, teachers and court personnel, preparing these youths for a day in court demands a different approach.

Thanks to the 2011 Fellows Class, we have o.p.e.n. court – where we meet, Henry and follow him on his journey through the court.

See Henry in three videos and learn about his experience with the juvenile justice system. These videos and resource materials will help:

  • Prepare youth when they become involved with the legal system;
  • Engage caregivers and facilitators in best practices;
  • Protect the rights and responsibilities of all during their “day in court.”

These videos and accompanying resource guide are intended to address the emotional and practical issues often faced by young people with intellectual disabilities who become involved in court. While every person’s experience will be unique, learning about individual rights and how to respond appropriately can help provide the confidence and skills needed to navigate the juvenile court system.

Video 1: Understanding the Juvenile Justice System

Video 2: The Courtroom and How It Works

Video 3: How to be Ready for Juvenile Court