Burton Graduates from 2020 OSBA Leadership Academy

COLUMBUS, Ohio — Youngstown attorney Andrea Burton was among the 26 Ohio attorneys who graduated June 25 from the Ohio State Bar Association (OSBA) 2020 Leadership Academy

Burton is a staff attorney at Youngstown Community Legal Aid, working on the legal assistance to victims team. In this role, she represents domestic violence victims in divorce and custody cases. She is also a member of the Ohio Legal Services family law committee, where she works with other attorneys to help educate state legislators in crafting laws to better serve victims of violence. 

Burton received her undergraduate degree from Youngstown State University and earned her master’s degree in library and information sciences with an emphasis on legal research from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. She earned her law degree from the University of Akron School of Law.

The OSBA Leadership Academy is designed to nurture and prepare lawyers for effective leadership in the association, the legal profession and their communities. The interactive training program takes place across a five-month period in six sessions. Participants interact with a diverse group of seasoned attorneys and other professionals, learning about topics such as civility, ethics and professionalism. This year, in response to the coronavirus pandemic, the sessions took place online beginning with the class’s second meeting on March 12.  

“Despite the unique experience of this year’s OSBA Leadership Academy class, each graduate has demonstrated an impressive dedication to growth as individual lawyers and improvement of the legal profession,” said OSBA President Eleana Drakatos. “We’re incredibly pleased with their hard work and are excited to see how they put their new skills to good use within their communities.”

The leadership academy is limited to lawyers who have practiced law between one and 10 years. Attorneys are selected based on their stated commitment to the goals of the academy, a demonstrated history of interaction with the legal and civic communities, and diversity.

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Published by The Business Journal, Youngstown, Ohio.