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Baker Hostetler gives $500K to support Mentoring and More @ Moritz

October 6, 2011 | Events

The Ohio State University Moritz College of Law announced Sept. 8 that the Baker Hostetler Endowment for Professional Development will support the Mentoring and More @ Moritz program.

The $500,000 gift was made by the national law firm Baker Hostetler and will support the mentoring program, which brings together law students and practicing attorneys for a monthly speaker series and lunch to discuss pressing issues or trends facing attorneys today.

“Mentoring and More @ Moritz is about investing in tomorrow’s lawyers, and we are pleased that Baker Hostetler is helping lead that effort,” said Daniel Gunsett, managing partner of the firm’s Columbus office. “Many former and current Baker Hostetler attorneys are Moritz law graduates and appreciate the importance of mentoring for all law school students.”

Currently, more than 175 Moritz students and 65 lawyer-mentors from around Central Ohio participate in the program, which began in 2005. Each mentoring group consists of three to five students and at least two mentors. The mentoring groups meet formally each month and are also encouraged to meet outside of the formal program.

“Mentoring and More is designed to serve as a bridge between the theory and practice of law,” said Dean Alan Michaels. “The goal is for our students to see how what they learned and discussed in the classroom plays out in real practice. Mentoring and More is one of our most popular programs, and this extremely generous gift from Baker Hostetler will ensure this program thrives in the future.”

When John Deaver Drinko ’44, a former managing partner at the firm, passed away in 2008, Baker Hostetler made an initial gift of $50,000 to the Mentoring & More @ Moritz program in his honor. Today’s gift, which is 10 times the size of the original gift, reaffirms the firm’s commitment to the Mentoring & More @ Moritz program and strong interaction between alumni and students in general.

“Baker Hostetler is proud of its leadership role with the Moritz College of Law,” said the firm’s executive partner, Steven Kestner ’79. “The firm’s support will help train the law leaders of the future and enable students to experience firsthand our commitment to education, the legal profession and to community, cornerstones of the Baker Hostetler culture.”