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Exit Interview: Janay Stevens ’13 discusses future plans

August 2, 2013 | Students

When Janay Stevens ’13 packed her bags and left the alpine slopes and crystal clear lakes of Reno, Nev. three years ago, she did more than relocate for law school. She found herself a new home.

“I am an only child and daddy’s girl so it is hard,” she said. “But Columbus is definitely the right fit for me. It is a big city with a small-town feel and the most fantastic people.”

Stevens will be working at Dinsmore & Shohl LLP’s Columbus office after graduation in the labor and employment practice group. She spent the past two summers at the firm.

“I love the diversity of labor and employment law, and I welcome the idea of working with employers proactively,” she said.

The University of Nevada undergraduate is now a full-fledged Buckeye fan, attending every home game in the three years she spent in Columbus. She was the business editor of the Ohio State Law Journal and played a significant role in the new student organization SPEAK.

“I am very passionate about SPEAK and helping people engage in difficult conversations,” she said. SPEAK stands for Students Promoting Empathy, Action, and Knowledge.

Stevens took the Justice for Children Practicum, Mediation Clinic, and Civil Law Clinic while at Moritz.

“All three clinics were so different,” she said. “In the children’s clinic, my clients were young children, which required a different method for explaining things and working together. In the Civil Clinic, I was fighting to get a terminated employee’s paid time off paid. And, in the Mediation Clinic, I did not have a client and needed to be neutral. I had so many different experiences.”