OLDC COVID-19 Project

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The OLDC is committed to supporting diverse law students and junior attorneys, particularly with regard to mitigating the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic on diversity in the legal profession. It is well-established that the legal profession is among the least diverse professions and challenging economic times have historically only decreased diversity in the law. Notably, the 2008 economic downturn disproportionately impacted diversity efforts and the legal profession took many steps backward in terms of gender and racial/ethnic diversity. Many minority lawyers dropped out of the profession entirely and representation of some demographic groups, specifically African Americans, took more than a decade to return to pre-recession levels. The OLDC recognizes that if the legal industry does not remain focused on, and committed to, diversity, equity and inclusion, we will repeat the mistakes made in 2008 and erase another decade of progress.

The OLDC will provide support in three core areas: (1) employment;
(2) professional development; and (3) connection.

For more information about the OLDC contact us at Diversity@ThompsonHine.com.

OLDC Virtual Mock Interview Program

The OLDC is pleased to announce the launch of our 2020 Virtual Mock Interview Program. This program is designed to give you an opportunity to hone virtual interview skills in advance of the upcoming recruiting season. Attorneys from Thompson Hine and other Ohio area firms, in-house counsel, and law school career advisors, will provide 1:1 opportunities for interview practice in a virtual world. Sign up for a mock interview to gain real-time feedback on ways to connect, highlight your unique skills and experience, and stand out in a virtual interview format.

When: Mock interview matches will be made during the last week of October 2020.

How it works: Law student participants will be matched with attorney and/or career advisor mock interviewers. Matched interview pairs will be connected to coordinate a mutually agreeable date and time for 30 minute mock interviews. Each interview will include 20 minutes interviewing, followed by 10 minutes of feedback.

How to participate:

  • Attorney registration will open in mid-September 2020
  • Student registration will open in early October 2020

Student Registration Link

Students will be matched on a first come, first served bases so please register early! The deadline to register is Friday, October 23, 2020.


Past Events
Virtual Recruiting and Interviewing

Monday, October 5 | 5:30 – 6:30 p.m.

This workshop will feature tips and strategies on virtual interviewing as well as an outlook on virtual recruiting. Despite the strain on the job market from COVID-19, many doors have opened and/or will open by way of virtual engagement. Join us as we continue our discussion of employment in our “new world.”


  • Delanté Spencer Thomas, Director of JD Advantage Advising & Outreach, Case Western Reserve University School of Law
  • Alex Schoultheis, Manager of Legal Talent, Thompson Hine LLP
  • Valissa Howard, First Assistant Deputy Inspector General and Chief Diversity Officer, Agency of Inspector General, Cuyahoga County of Ohio

View recording here.

Wellness Through Uncertainty

Wednesday, September 16, 2020 | 5:30 – 6:30 p.m.

Please consider joining the OLDC for a wellness break with noted yoga instructor, Tara Owens Antonipillai. This well-being program will focus on stress-reduction techniques, including breathing exercises, mindful movement and mindfulness exercises. Absolutely no experience is required - this program is designed to help everyone find a little peace and calm in your day!  Tara specializes in well-being training and programs.  Tara received her J.D. as well as her undergraduate degree from Georgetown University. Tara is a certified yoga instructor and meditation teacher, as well as a graduate student in the Applied Positive Psychology program at the University of Pennsylvania.

View recording here.

Virtual Job Searching

Wednesday, September 9, 2020  | 5:30 – 6:30 p.m.

Get advice for navigating a successful virtual career search! This workshop will be helpful whether you are looking in markets outside of your current city, navigating the current remote-work market in your own backyard, or both.

PANELISTS: Alisa N. Benedict O’Brien, Assistant Dean for Career Services, The University of Akron School of Law; Sarah Dylag Beznoska, Assistant Dean for Student and Career Services, Cleveland-Marshall College of Law; and Mary Beth S. Moore, Assistant Dean of Career Development, Case Western Reserve University School of Law

View recording here.

What Junior Attorneys Should Do in a “Virtual World”

Thursday, August 27, 2020 | 5:30 – 6:30 p.m.

Are you a (i) junior attorney who is seeking ways to remain visible and gain experience while working remotely, or (ii) a junior attorney who is seeking to grow your network, (iii) or a law student who is seeking ways to connect with employers and attorneys virtually? Join Thompson Hine attorneys Marla Butler (Partner) and Tarnetta Jones (Senior Counsel) for a targeted discussion about their experiences with developing their legal practices through the 2008/9 recession and ways that you can be effective and get connected in the current economic climate where nearly everything is virtual. 

PANELISTS: Marla Butler, Partner, Thompson Hine LLP and Tarnetta Jones, Senior Counsel, Thompson Hine LLP

Watch recording here.

Mission & Members

The Ohio Legal Diversity Consortium (OLDC) is an alliance developed to empower diverse law students and junior attorneys in their legal careers and provide them with opportunities to advance their professional development. The OLDC brings together law schools, employers and diversity, equity and inclusion allies to provide resources, mentorship and programs to support the continuing personal and professional development of diverse legal talent.

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