Briefing Room

Alumni

Melinda Haggerty

Alumna uses legal skills to guide foundation that helps find loving homes for foster children

As senior vice president and general counsel of the Dave Thomas Foundation for Adoption, Melinda Haggerty ’10 plays a vital role in helping the organization achieve its mission of finding adoptive homes for children in foster care.

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Amber Zibritosky

Alumna leads northeast Ohio city as law director

When Amber Zibritosky ’10 first pictured what a career in public service would look like, running for an elected position in a town of 35,000 people wasn’t quite what she had imagined. Now as law director of the city of Stow, she said the experience has been a rewarding one.

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Frank and Ginni Bazler

College mourns passing of alumnus Frank Ellis Bazler ’53

Frank Ellis Bazler ’53 passed away on May 12, 2017. He was 87. A loving husband, community leader, and passionate supporter of The Ohio State University, he is survived by his wife of 62 years, Virginia “Ginni” (Hutchison) Bazler, and many other loved relatives.

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Jack Thomas

Jack Thomas ’82 uses skills learned in law school as Emmy Award-winning writer, executive producer

Jack Thomas ’82, an Emmy Award-winning writer and executive producer for DreamWorks Animation, talks about how the skills he learned in law school have helped shape his work in television.

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Dr. Gregory Vincent

Dr. Gregory Vincent ’87 named president of Hobart and William Smith Colleges

Dr. Gregory Vincent ’87, a national expert on civil rights, social justice, and campus culture, has been named the 27th President of Hobart College and the 16th of William Smith College.

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Alumna helps clients navigate legal issues in the workplace

Brigid Heid ’90, a partner with the Columbus-based firm Eastman & Smith Ltd., uses her legal skills and knowledge to help businesses of all sizes with employment laws and regulations, as well as with protecting their intellectual property and confidential information.

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A passion for negotiation, business led one alumnus to start his own firm

A desire to pursue a career in politics may have been what brought Kwame Christian ’13 to law school, but it was the discovery of his passion for negotiation that led him to a career today as the founder of The Christian Law Office LLC and the American Negotiation Institute.

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Alumnus uses mediation to solve disputes at home and abroad

Michael Franczak ‘95 is a commissioner for the Federal Mediation and Conciliation Service, where he’s spent the last 15 years mediating labor and employment disputes throughout the private, public, and federal work sectors.

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Alumna thrives in labor and employment practice with specialty in natural gas

Traci Martinez’ ’08 drive and enthusiasm for her work at Squire Patton Boggs have made her an indispensable part of the litigation team. Coupled with her innate ability to develop new business, it’s easy to see why she had one of the fastest rises to partner in firm history.

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Alumnus pursues philanthropic work alongside real estate practice

Although law degrees seem to run in the family, Joshua Barkan ’12 is forging his own path when it comes to his law career. As a third-generation lawyer, Barkan is also making a splash in the philanthropic world as a young professional in the Columbus community.

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Inside the boardroom

Alec Wightman ’75 found a way to combine his passion for complex business deals and giving back by developing a niche practice of assisting public companies in evaluating board effectiveness.

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Alumna finds rewarding career path in biotechnology intellectual property

Jessica Jamieson ’97 is the global head of Hematology IP for Shire. Nearly every day she is reminded of just how important the work she and her colleagues do in the patent department, protecting developing treatments that allow individuals suffering from disease to live longer, more active lives.

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