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Exit Interview: Branden Albaugh headed to DA’s office

August 2, 2013 | Students

On his way through law school, Branden Albaugh ’13 was able to experience firsthand all three levels of the state judiciary in Ohio. “Being a judge would be my dream job,” Albaugh said.

But, before he makes a run for the bench, Albaugh will start out as an assistant district attorney in Philadelphia this fall.

After his first year of law school, Albaugh secured a summer position at the Franklin County Prosecutor’s Office in the Appellate Unit, a position he continued to hold as a law student. Besides performing traditional law clerk duties, Albaugh made two appellate arguments before the Ohio 10th District Court of Appeals during his final year of law school.

“The first one was a state’s appeal of an expungement case,” he said. “The argument went well, but we lost the case. The 10th District has since certified the ruling as being in conflict with decisions from other appellate districts, potentially paving the way for review by the Ohio Supreme Court. The second case was an appeal for ineffective assistance of counsel. I am waiting on a decision. Because I received my legal intern certificate, I also was able to put my name on written briefs as a 3L.”

Albaugh was also an extern for Judge Guy L. Reece II ’81 in the Franklin County Court of Common Pleas as well as Ohio Supreme Court Chief Justice Maureen O’Connor.

“It is unique to be able to experience all three levels of courts,” Albaugh said. “I really enjoyed having the opportunity to see the process at the different levels. It was challenging to go from the role of the advocate, writing persuasively, for the Franklin County Appellate Division, to evaluating the arguments for the Chief Justice at the Ohio Supreme Court.”

Albaugh also took the Prosecution Clinic, where he tried both a domestic violence case and a case involving a notorious scrap metal thief. He took Trial Practice with Judge Algenon L. Marbley of the U.S. District Court for the Southern District of Ohio, and his final classroom trial took place in Marbley’s downtown Columbus courtroom.

“Judge Marbley’s class was phenomenal,” Albaugh said. “Everyone got up in every class and tried out their skills and Judge Marbley would give constructive feedback. To learn trial skills from a practicing judge was a huge benefit.”

Albaugh was on the National Moot Court team and the Ohio State Journal of Criminal Law. He also served on the Inter-Professional Council, representing all six Ohio State professional schools on the University’s Government Affairs Committee.