DATE & TIME   | October 14th, 2023 – Social at 12:00 PM, Business meeting at 12:30 pm, Speaker at 1:30 pm or later–after the business meeting concludes.
LOCATION   |    Zoom and Hilliard Room of Hilliard Branch, Columbus Metropolitan Library, 4500 Hickory Chase Way, Hilliard, OH 43026. See below for further instructions. Speaker will be in person.
TOPIC   | Lisa Thompson: High Crimes and Misdemeanors, with a Dash of Divorce. Presenting in person.

High Crimes and Misdemeanors, with a Dash of Divorce

If you want a legal professional in your book, join us!

During this session, Magistrate Lisa Thompson will teach us about :

  • Overview of the criminal justice system, specifically how a crime ends up being charged and the process in Ohio.
  • The process one would go through for a divorce.
  • What it takes to be a lawyer, and
  • The different types of things someone with a law degree can do.

Attending Our Hybrid Meeting

This program is free for members and prospective members who have not yet visited for two complimentary meetings. For those members who cannot join us in person, join us via Zoom. The password will be posted in the Central Ohio Fiction Writers Google Group, and on the members-only Central Ohio Fiction Writers Facebook page.

If you are not a COFW member and wish to attend this presentation via Zoom, email Please note, the link spans from the moment we open the room to the social half hour through the business meeting and this program.

Per library policy, “Prepared food and non-alcoholic beverages are allowed in meeting rooms.”


About Our Speaker

Lisa Thompson is a black woman with short, tightly curled golden-brown hair.

Lisa Thompson passed the Ohio Bar in 1997.  She spent twenty-three years practicing primarily in the areas of criminal and juvenile law.  She has worked as both a prosecutor and defense attorney, and spent time as counsel to the Democratic Caucus of the Ohio House of Representatives.  In 2020, she became a Franklin County Juvenile Court Magistrate.  In her role as magistrate she conducts hearings on juvenile delinquency matters, and hears cases in which Franklin County Children’s Services has to remove children from the home.


Mrs. Thompson in not yet published, but is working on many projects.  She hopes to publish book one of a romantic trilogy soon under the pen name Elise Brasfield.  She enjoys international travel, spending time with her family, and creating imaginative back stories on everyone she meets.  She and her husband, Alfred, are empty nesters and reside in Berwick.