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Jedidiah Bressman '17

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Transfer student takes full advantage of opportunities

June 1, 2017 | Students

Growing up, it was clear to 3L Jedidiah Bressman that he wanted a career in law. As a kid he would argue with his parents, giving him his first experience dealing with opposing counsel. He watched his father, a personal injury lawyer, and his mother, a paralegal, work together and his drive to become a lawyer was embedded in him.

After attending the University of Toledo College of Law his 1L year, Bressman decided to transfer to Ohio State, following in his father’s, David Bressman ’90, footsteps and fulfilling his dream to be a Buckeye.

“My father and I are in constant competition— mostly me competing with him—because we are competitive people,” Bressman said. “I really look up to my parents so it was really easy for me to decide I wanted to go to Ohio State.”

While at Toledo, Bressman worked tirelessly on his studies so that he could get another opportunity to study at Moritz.

“I went to Toledo and said ‘I’m going to prove myself, I’m going to prove that they should have accepted me’ and then I came back around and they did,” Bressman said. “Maybe they would have accepted me the first time around if they knew this would have been the outcome, but I think I needed that time away to be able to grow into the person that I am now.”

Once a student at Ohio State, transferring proposed new challenges to overcome. Not knowing anyone and having a fresh start meant that Bressman was essentially a 1L all over again. To integrate himself, Bressman wasted no time getting involved around campus.

He was previously a member of the Federalist Society at Toledo so he sought out the president of Moritz’s chapter and asked how he could get involved with the group. He approached the president of the Jewish Law Students Association to express his interest in becoming a part of the group, and he wrote on for the Ohio State Journal on Dispute Resolution.

Just two short years later, Bressman has gone from the new kid to an active and accomplished leader among his peers.

As president of the Federalist Society, a conservative-libertarian student group, Bressman works to coordinate events and speakers for one of the most active student organizations at Moritz. Often times, this means working closely with the group’s liberal counterparts in the American Constitution Society.

“I think it is a testament to how friendly 3L Melissa Wasser, president of the American Constitution Society, and I are, co-sponsoring events works out well when the leaders get along,” Bressman said. “We meet up and do a lot of debates together. We plan events together, and in doing that, I can go to her with a topic and say ‘here’s what we want to do’ and she’ll help find a speaker and vice versa.”

The importance of sharing and expressing one’s views while listening to opposing viewpoints from classmates is clear to Bressman, who says that law school provides a unique opportunity for such discussions.

“We are in the law school bubble, we get the opportunity to sit across from each other and talk about anything,” Bressman said. “The moment when that is not accepted scares me because the way political discourse has gone so far in this country is very divided. The chance to sit across the table and have a disagreement without yelling, screaming, name-calling, or demeaning the other person is really important. And we are the start of it; we can continue that trend past law school.”

Bressman is also the treasurer of the Jewish Law Students Association and the symposium editor of the Ohio State Journal on Dispute Resolution. As symposium editor, Bressman worked to execute the November symposium, along with 3L Robby Southers, and to make sure everything ran smoothly behind the scenes.

Currently, Bressman is working as a research assistant for Professor Arthur Greenbaum and Professor Steven Huefner. He is also a member of the Corporate Law Moot Court Team, which finished in the top four in a recent competition.

Outside of his extracurricular activities, Bressman is always up for a discussion—or a debate—with his classmates.

“We have civil discourse, I have friends that are very liberal and we chat about various political issues. They’re really smart and it’s fun being around hardworking people with different interests because I’m always learning something new from my classmates,” Bressman said. “I enjoy talking to them, hanging out with them, and learning from them as much as I do learning from professors.”

After graduation, Bressman is heading to the Ohio Attorney General’s Office. He hopes to be in the constitutional division, but is excited about the large array of opportunities offered by the position.

Reflecting on his time at Moritz, Bressman is grateful for the education he received, as well as the many ways he was able to enrich his time here even more by engaging with professors, peers, and various activities.

“I really immersed myself into all the groups and researching because that’s what I felt I needed to do to get a better education,” Bressman said. “There was more opportunity here—to be able to be on journal, do moot court, research for two professors, take a bunch of different classes, and have professors who are interested in what I want to learn. I can walk into any professor’s office and they are more than willing to talk. I would not have been able to have the same experience anywhere else.”