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Ohio Fair Courts Alliance

Ohio Fair Courts Speakers Bureau

Spark more awareness of the importance of judicial elections and inspire activism to make our justice system more fair for all.

Posted August 30, 2019

The Ohio Fair Courts Alliance is recruiting speakers with varying levels of familiarity with the courts, and training them to lead presentations and discussions with groups. Speakers can team up with a legal or non-legal volunteers to conduct presentations throughout the state. Upon training completion, speakers will be dispatched to give Fair Courts presentations to community gatherings. Our intended audiences include: pastors and church groups, high school social studies classes, affinity and minority groups, as well as civic groups. Speakers will be trained on the following content and given sample presentations that highlight: - The overall structure of the court systems in Ohio - The difference between state and federal courts - Which types of cases are handled in which courts - Pros and cons of selecting judges - Why we need fair and impartial courts - Challenges and opportunities facing Ohio’s justice system - What the public can do to improve our courts Participants are required to attend one in-person training session and a follow up practice session (which can be done virtually). Upon training completion, volunteers will be asked to accept at least one speaking engagement request per year at various locations throughout the state. Participants will be provided with audio-visual equipment as needed.

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Additional Information

  • Time Commitment: 6-10 hours
  • Training Provided: Yes
  • Additional Training Details: TBD 394 E. Town Street Columbus, OH 43215
  • Site-Preference: On-Site
  • Open to Law Students: No
  • 394 E. Town Street
  • Columbus, OH 43215
  • Bar License(s) required: Any Bar License
  • Required Languages: None
  • Mentoring Provided: Yes
  • Supervision Provided: Yes
Ohio Fair Courts Alliance

The Ohio Fair Courts Alliance is a diverse network of organizations, community leaders and concerned citizens. The Ohio Fair Courts Alliance is dedicated to creating a court system that exemplifies and protects equity, fairness and justice for all. The courts impact nearly every aspect of our lives, and yet most of us have little understanding of what judges do or how the courts work. In 2019 we launched the Ohio Fair Courts Speakers Bureau, a non-partisan civic engagement project that was created with with three goals in mind: - Explain in everyday language how our court system works in Ohio, - Provide a forum for members of the legal and non-legal community to exchange views about common concerns about our justice system, and - Motivate citizens to take action to strengthen our courts. We give presentations to schools, community groups, and organizations around the state that are interested in learning more about our justice system.

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