The 2011 Fellows Class of the Ohio State Bar Foundation (OSBF) has recently
O.P.E.N. Court project, which provides resources that are designed to help developmentally
disabled minors, their parents and their educators navigate the juvenile
Attorney Ian N. Friedman is one of the many Fellows who were involved in creating this project.
O.P.E.N. Court stands for "Orienting Young People with Exceptional
Needs about Court." This project is part of the fellows' commitment
to community service and to providing the public with much-needed information
on criminal justice system.
The O.P.E.N. Court website offers three videos and a resource guide that
break down various aspects of the juvenile justice system and the experience
of appearing in court. The videos are titled "Understanding the Juvenile
Justice System," "The Courtroom and How it Works," and
"How to Be Ready for Juvenile Court." The videos depict a fictional
autistic teenager named Henry who has to appear in juvenile court after
he is accused of stealing an iPad. Attorney Friedman plays the role of
the Henry's lawyer in the videos. The videos cover everything from
what minors with disabilities should do when they encounter police to
proper courtroom etiquette.
The resource guide is specifically for parents, educators and other adults
who are working with developmentally disabled minors who are dealing with
the juvenile court system. This resource guide includes tips for working
with the special-needs minors, video discussion information, question
and answers to correspond with the videos, and supplemental graphics and
Attorney Friedman maintains "Fellow" status within the Ohio State
Bar Foundation, which he has been a member of since 2010. Each year, the
Ohio State Bar Foundation extends invitations for membership to exceptional
attorneys throughout the state who have shown that they are dedicated
to the highest standards within the legal profession, as well as a to
bettering their communities, according to
the foundation's website. All Fellows have pledged to provide a certain level of financial support
that is used to fund OSBF grants. The foundation's fellows are given
various opportunities to volunteer for service projects that help promote
justice and public awareness of the legal system.
Attorney Friedman is a seasoned criminal defense lawyer who provides high-quality
legal representation for individuals who are accused of all types of crimes, including
Contact us to learn more about the legal services that are offered by Attorney Friedman!