The Law School Magazine  ·  Fall 2009 : Alumni Profiles

Passion for Giving Back: Suzanne K. Richards ’74

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Suzanne K. Richards ’74 knew she wanted to be on board with the Law & Leadership Institute the moment she heard about it. “It sounded like a terrific idea and program,” Richards said. “I thought it certainly would be wonderful to give time to it.”

Richards, a partner at Vorys Sater Seymour and Pease LLP, coordinated the summer internship portion of the Institute for the rising 10th grade students. Two of the 10 students participating at Moritz spent their week interning at Vorys working under Richards’ direction.

“They did wonderfully,” she said in regards to the students. “Hopefully the Institute will do a great deal in diversifying law schools and the legal field in Ohio.”

Richards will stay involved with the program throughout the school year as well. She plans to work on both the debate program and some of the law and literature segments of the sophomore program.

“I think the law school is doing a good job of involving alumni with the school … involving them in other activities to be part of the law school community again.”

After graduating from Moritz, Richards clerked for the Hon. Robert Duncan ’52 of the U.S. District Court for the Southern District of Ohio.

“Judge Duncan was a tremendously fun person to work with both professionally and personally,” she said. “He taught me a lot about the law and how it works and how to think through real issues and real cases.”

Richards carries that enthusiasm to her current practice at Vorys, where she primarily engages in business and employment litigation.

“I still enjoy the idea that law allows you to address people’s practical problems and issues and still has the ability to give you intellectual stimulation.”

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