Minorities in the Law Committee

Mission

The primary purpose of the Minorities in the Law Committee is to facilitate and guide the Minority Clerkship Program; a clerkship program for minority students at The Ohio State University School of Law and Capital University Law School.


A Message from the Minorities in the Law Committee Chairs:

The Minorities in the Law Committee works to increase diversity in the local legal profession through the facilitation of the Minority Clerkship Program (MCP); a CBA program assisting local, minority law students in their quest for equal access to meaningful summer clerkships. All CBA members interested in increasing racial diversity in the Columbus legal profession are encouraged to join us. We meet monthly to make crucial decisions concerning the running of the MCP and we depend on committee members to help facilitate and actively shape the program, assuring that it will continue to evolve for the better. We know you'll find our meetings to be both rewarding and fun!

-Aracely Tagliaventi and Shalyn Smith

MCP Alumni Spotlight

Janica Pierce Tucker

Current place of employment: Taft Stettinius & Hollister LLP

Undergraduate and law school: University of Tennessee, Knoxville (1995-1999); The Ohio State University Moritz College of Law (1999-2002)

MCP participation year: 2001

Brief summary of legal career:
Taft, Stettinius & Hollister LLP, Columbus Ohio (2012 to present)
Chester, Willcox & Saxbe LLP (2006-2012)
Frank A. Ray Co., L.P.A. (2002 to 2006)

What was the most beneficial aspect of your involvement in the MCP? I had the privilege of working in the Columbus City Attorney’s office my second year of law school as a participant in the MCP. Participant in the programs were encouraged to reach out to attorneys during your assignment, instead of waiting on the attorney to reach out to you. I took that advice to heart and I met the then City Attorney Janet Jackson on the elevator and I asked to meet with her. She instructed me to talk to her assistant to get on her calendar. That brief conversation resulted in a mentor/mentee relationship that has transformed into one of my treasured friendships. I share this experience to encourage participants to have an open mind regarding their experience. It may not be the place you start your career but the potential to establish long-lasting relationships is limitless.

How did participating in the MCP impact your career path? It gave me a reference point. When in law school, if you are lucky, you know what type of law you want to practice and where you will work. Participation in the program provided me with a glimpse of what it is like to work in the public sector. It gave me an understanding of the work and what would be required of an attorney employed by the city attorney. Real-life practical experience enhanced my law school experience. While law schools are improving in offering opportunities for students to engage in the “practical” aspect of the law, clerkships, internships, externships are invaluable.

What advice would you give prospective MCP participants? I encourage MCP participants to introduce themselves to as many people as possible during their summer experience. Be sure to seek out work if you are light on projects. If there is a certain area of law that interests you, this is the time to seek assignments in those areas or, at the very least, meet with lawyers in that practice area. Accept and learn from feedback regarding your work performance.

Are you available to answer questions from law students considering applying for the Minority Clerkship Program? Yes - jpierce@taftlaw.com

http://www.taftlaw.com
http://www.taftlaw.com/attorneys/642-janica-pierce-tucker

Join Committee

To join the Minorities in the Law committee, please contact Jocelyn Armstrong at jocelyn@cbalaw.org or (614) 340-2051.


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Meeting Date

1st Wednesday of the month at noon at the Columbus Bar Association offices

Committee Chairs

Aracely Tagliaventi
Shalyn Smith

Board Liaison

Lindsay Ford Ellis