After nearly five years in the private sector, 3L Jay Payne enrolled at the Moritz College of Law with a dream of pivoting into a new career in public service. Following graduation, he will join the Federal Honors Attorney Program at the U.S. Department of Transportation.
An interest in the Greif Fellowship in Juvenile Human Trafficking initially led Rachel Tallmadge ’17 to apply to the Moritz College of Law. Now as the Greif Fellow, she provides legal representation to juvenile victims in Ohio.
Although Ryan Ragland ’15, felony trial counsel at the Hamilton County Public Defender’s Office, originally considered becoming a prosecutor after graduation, the last two years working in defense have been more rewarding than she could have ever imagined.
After more than 20 years of service at the Columbus City Attorney’s Office, Bill Hedrick ‘96 has been asked to serve as chief prosecutor. It is a nod to Hedrick’s outstanding work over the years helping to find solutions to everyday problems faced by the city’s residents.
Graduation may be several months away for 3L Ben Fogle, but he already has his eyes set on a career devoted to public service. He hopes to join the Judge Advocate General’s Corps, or to pursue a career working for state government or the Department of Justice one day.
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.
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.
The Moritz College of Law Alumni Awards recognize alumni working on important social issues, breaking new paths in their fields, and giving back to their communities. This year’s winners were announced at the annual reunion cocktail reception at the Columbus Museum of Art.
The Moritz College of Law is home to multiple post-graduate public service fellowships, which place recent graduates in nonprofit positions where they begin their careers in the public sector.
The Franklin County Municipal Court and The Ohio State University Moritz College of Law have opened the Franklin County Municipal Court Self-Help Resource Center, which assists litigants who are representing themselves in court navigate the legal system.
Heather Kimmel ’06 always wanted to use her legal skills to help others. Little did she know she would one day have the opportunity to play a large part in helping two women held captive for a decade in a Cleveland area home rebuild their lives after their escape.
For as long as she can remember, Amirah Salaam ’06 has been fascinated with the political process. Growing up in New Jersey and Virginia, she dreamed of one day working on Capitol Hill. Today, she is living that dream as a lobbyist in Washington, D.C.