2022 OSBF Unity Summit


April 28, 2022 | 10 am–5 pm      

The Ohio Statehouse  Atrium

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

Presented by:

Bake Me Happy

Carol and Gregg Marx

Duke Energy Corporation

Equitas Health

Van Meter Ashbrook and Associates

Vorys, Sater, Seymour and Pease LLP

watch the full program:

 

 

program

GREETINGS AND INTRODUCTORY REMARKS | 10:00AM

 

panel 1 |  10:30am

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.

MODERATOR:

Corey Williams/Anisa Love, Drag Entertainer

 

 panelists:

 

Micah McCarey

Director of the LGBT Center, Ohio University

Karen Hewitt (Ze/Hir/She/Her)

Associate Director, Leadership Columbus 

 

Kimberly Sue Griffiths

Attorney and Founder/Executive Director of OCTOPUS, LLC (Organizing Communities Transgender Outreach Promoting United Support) 

Amanda Erickson (she/her)

Director of Education & Outreach, Kaleidoscope Youth Center

 

 panel 2 | 1:00pm

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. 

moderator:

 

Colleen Marshall, NBC4 News Anchor and Attorney at Law 

panelists:

 

Chief Justice Maureen O'Connor, Supreme Court of Ohio 

Judge Jeffrey Mackey, Franklin County Probate Court  

Camilla Taylor, Director of Constitutional Litigation, Lambda Legal 

Raphael Davis-Williams, Director of Equity and Inclusion, ACLU 

 

 panel 3 | 2:45pm

Intersections: Healthcare and Legal Policy  

Providers discuss intersections between healthcare and legal  policy and practice. 

moderator:

 

Alana Jochum, Executive Director, Equality Ohio 

panelists:

 

Adam Reilly, Manager of Education, Outreach and Testing, Caracole Julia M. Applegate, Director, Equitas Health Institute   Dr. Scott Leibowitz, Medical Director of Behavioral Health, Nationwide Children's Hospital THRIVE Program

 

closing

special performance from spoken-word poet rachel wiley