The Law College at Ohio Northern University held its first talent show at the local Cask Room on Friday March 3rd. The event, affectionately titled, “Law Schools Got Talent Night” featured performances by both students and professors competing for cash prizes. Acts included musical numbers, poetry, juggling, and a Kung Fu demonstration which were voted on for favorite act by attendees consisting of community members and ONU peers. 

Mabel Shehadi, Law Student and First Place Winner. Photo by Jane Ward

Mabel Shehadi, 1L (first year law student), took home the first place prize for her singing talent. Shehadi stated, “With faculty and students always busy, this was a nice break where we all got to see a different side of ourselves. With everyone taking the leap to show something new, it was a pretty adventurous night.” Fellow 2Ls Jordyn Jansa and Kathryn Donnelly won 2nd and 3rd place for their singing and baton talents, respectively. 

Melissa Kidder, a law professor and participant in the event performed a rendition of “Somewhere Over the Rainbow.” Kidder shared, “this was a great opportunity for all of us – students, faculty, and staff – to come together and socialize outside of the law school building. I was happy to participate in a small way for the event. While you never know how these types of events will go, I was very impressed with the turnout! It ended up being a really fun evening and I think everyone had a wonderful time.” Other faculty performances included musical acts by Dean Charlie Rose, Externship Director Stephen Shaw and law professor Beau Baez.

“this was a great opportunity for all of us – students, faculty, and staff – to come together and socialize outside of the law school building. I was happy to participate in a small way for the event. While you never know how these types of events will go, I was very impressed with the turnout! It ended up being a really fun evening and I think everyone had a wonderful time.”

– Melissa Kidder, Law professor

The event was coordinated by Law Director of Career and Professional Development, Jane Ward and music was provided by Jim Boedecker throughout the event. In addition to the talent show, during the evening, an auction was held to benefit the Public Interest Scholarship. Ward conducted bidding proceedings and students won cold call passes and dinners with professors.

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