Briefing Room


Community Unrest and Community Leadership

September 23, 2016 | Multimedia

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In an era of increasing discord in communities in all parts of the country, the panel will discuss: What should local leaders do in the midst of community unrest? What plans should they make during more tranquil times? What special contributions can lawyer-leaders make in both situations? In addition, they will examine the unique challenges faced by communities given the current controversies, and share best practices of what local and lawyer-leaders are doing to meet them. Special focus will be on how to forge collaboration amongst a multitude of stakeholders. The discussion will be moderated by Nancy H. Rogers, Director, Program on Law and Leadership, Professor Emeritus, OSU Moritz College of Law.


  • Grande Lum, Former Director, U.S. Department of Justice Community Relations Service; Director, Divided Community Project, OSU Moritz College of Law, led the federal mediation that intervened in Ferguson, MO, Baltimore, Sanford, Florida, and elsewhere
  • Barbara Langhenry, director of the Cleveland Law Department, which had a critical role in planning for the anticipated demonstrations during the Republican National Convention in Cleveland this past summer.
  • Carl Smallwood, PartnerVorys Sater Seymour & Pease LLP; past president, National Conference of Bar Presidentschairs a local Columbus effort to take advantage of tranquil times to plan ahead, and to enhance trust among communities within the larger community.

Co-sponsors: The OSU Moritz College of Law’s: Program on Law and Leadership; Divided Community Project; Program on Dispute Resolution; Ohio State University Democracy Studies; as well as the Truancy Mediation Project, and Dispute Resolution & Youth.