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Ohio State Bar Foundation announces Ohio Northern University staff member as 2011 Fellow
Keith A. Ashmus, president of the Ohio State Bar Foundation (OSBF), is pleased to announce that Mindi Wells, a Lafayette, Ohio, native and staff member at Ohio Northern University, has become a Fellow of the Foundation and will participate in the 2011 Fellows class.
Wells joined the Ohio Northern University Pettit College of Law in 2004 as assistant dean for administration and student services. In this role, she is responsible for managing day-to-day operations of the college and for improvement of the performance of the law college administrative processes. Her areas of legal interest include labor and employment law, worker’s compensation and education law. Prior to joining the College of Law, Wells was ONU’s first director of human resources and created that department. She is licensed to practice law in Ohio and Florida and before the Supreme Court of the United States.
“Being a part of the 2011 Fellows Class is a wonderful opportunity for me to interact with attorneys and judges from around the state and to collaborate on a community service project,” Wells said. “ONU Law has a history of participating with the Foundation, from professor Bruce French in the class of 2001, Dean David C. Crago in 2003, Howard Fenton in 2004, and Bryan Ward in 2007.”
Membership in the Foundation is an honor extended to those lawyers and judges who adhere to the highest ideals of the legal profession and are dedicated to serving their communities. Each year, the Foundation invites civic-minded lawyers to become part of a Fellows class. Over the course of 18 months, the Fellows volunteer their time to a project that promotes the Foundation’s mission of improving the justice system and enhancing public understanding of the law.
Fellows class projects have included educating foster youth about their rights and responsibilities as they age out of foster care, organizing a statewide summit to discuss successful re-entry opportunities for ex-offenders, and informing Ohio’s teens about the lifelong ramifications of “sexting” and cyber-bullying.
As the charitable arm of the Ohio State Bar Association, the Foundation advances the philanthropic interest of the Ohio’s lawyers to recognize excellence, improve the justice system and enhance public understanding of the law. For more information about the Ohio State Bar Foundation, please visit www.osbf.net