July 8, 2011
Success Story Number One for Columbus Bar inc
Columbus Bar inc Professional Development Center has experienced its first success story. Micaela Deming, Moritz College of Law ‘09, matriculated early from the incubator program, thanks to inc. “My practice has grown so quickly that I needed to expand,” said Deming. “The networking and referrals provided through the inc program definitely contributed to that growth.” Deming also received a federal grant through the Ohio Domestic Violence Network’s Legal Assistance for Victims program which brought her an additional caseload.
The rate at which Deming’s practice has expanded is impressive. “Because the incubator program is still in its pilot phase, we did not allow space or resources for participants to bring on support staff,” noted program administrator, Danielle Murphy, “It’s our hope that the program will continue after the pilot and be expanded taking these things into consideration. This is a good learning experience for us and the incubator program.”
Deming said of her practice, “I am focusing on assisting survivors of domestic violence, sexual assault, trafficking, and stalking. There is an overwhelming need in our community.” Currently, Deming is looking for office space to accommodate the early stages of a legal and comprehensive services center for victims and survivors. “I miss being a residential member of the incubator program, but I still enjoy the support from the program as my practice and dream center begin to grow.”
To ensure their ongoing success, the incubator program curriculum includes assisting the participants in transitioning out of the program, such as financial counseling and discussions about managing operations outside the professional development center. And, participants will have the ability to remain in contact with the program mentors for future support.
Pictured: Micaela Deming