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The Mahoning County Bar Association has over 675 active members and is growing daily.

Committees:  Public Relations
 
The Public Relations Committee develops and maintains activities that promote a beneficial public image of attorneys and educates the public about the legal system.  There are approximately 20 members on the Public Relations Committee.  For the past several years, the Committee has participated in the Boardman Relay for Life, raising money for the American Cancer Society.  The Bar Association has sponsored two teams for the past three years, resulting in over $8,000 being raised for the Cancer Society.  In addition, the Committee has participated in the Mahoning Valley Rescue Mission's "Ride for Rescue."  Members of the Committee have participated in the annual 26 mile bike ride.  Each rider obtains donations for the Rescue Mission.

The Committee also coordinates the high school trial team competition sponsored by the Ohio Center for Law Related Education.  The competition is held in February each year.  Local high schools prepare for the competition held at the Mahoning County Courthouse.  Members of the Bar Association help judge the competition.  The high school team that wins the Mahoning County competition competes at the State tournament in Columbus.

For the past five years, the Committee has sponsored an Explorer Post through the Learning for Life Division of the Boy Scouts of America.  High School students who are considering the practice of law as a career meet every three weeks from September through May at the Bar Association.  The students are given various projects which help them obtain a better idea of what being a lawyer is all about.  All areas of the practice of law are explored.

The Committee also offers an adult education program called "The People's Law School."  The ten- week course has been offered at Boardman High School for the past three years.  This year, the Bar Association will provide two ten-week courses.  The Fall program will be offered in Austintown, in conjunction with the Austintown 20/20 program.  The Winter course will again be held in Boardman, in conjunction with the Mahoning County Adult Education program.  Each program will offer ten separate classes covering various legal concepts individuals may encounter.  Members of the Bar Association volunteer to be instructors and provide written course material to the students.  Classes generally include an overview of the court system, buying a home, criminal law, DUI, bankruptcy, worker compensation, consumer law issues, personal injury claims, and general business law.

In addition the Committee sponsors the Speakers Bureau, comprised of lawyers who are prepared to offer their time and knowledge to speak on a variety of legal topics for the enlightenment of any organization, club, or classroom.

Many of the activities the Committee participates in are suggested by Committee members.  We are always looking for worthwhile community programs and projects for the Bar Association to become involved in.


Chair
Ted Roberts
 

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