August 31, 2012
Seminar Marks 10th Anniversary of Chester Professionalism Institute
~ written by Stephen C. Fitch, Taft Stettinius & Hollister
In 2002, Jack Chester endowed the Chester Family Professionalism Fund at the Columbus Bar Foundation to provide the resources for the Foundation to undertake programs to promote professionalism among the bench and bar in Central Ohio. Jack firmly believed that professionalism encompassed not only civility but also demonstrated competence in representing clients.
To carry out Jack’s vision, the Foundation created the Chester Professionalism Institute which has presented an annual seminar focusing on different practice areas and practice groups since 2002. The Foundation has also used the Chester Family Professionalism Fund to underwrite ethics and professionalism seminars sponsored by other non-profits.
This year the Foundation celebrates the tenth anniversary of the Chester Professionalism Institute with a program exploring the increased impact of technology on the Franklin County Common Pleas Court. “A New Day At The Courthouse,” will be held on September 21 at the Columbus Bar.
The prestigious panel of presenters includes several judicial members: Judges Norah McCann King and Terence P. Kemp from the U.S. District Court and Judges Richard A. Frye, John P. Bessey and Laurel A. Beatty from the Franklin County Court of Common Pleas. Judge Frye also served as the chair of this year’s planning committee. In keeping with Jack’s wishes to make the Chester program available to all attorneys, the September 21 program will be CLE EasyPass eligible and scholarships will be available.