Janie Henry ’12 will be clerking for U.S. District Court Judge Frederick Stamp in the Northern District of West Virginia.
“My best experience at Moritz was my judicial externship with Judge Edmund Sargus of the U.S. District Court for the Southern District of Ohio,” Henry said. “It solidified my goal of obtaining a clerkship after graduation. I was able to sit in on trials, conduct research pertaining to upcoming opinions, and interact with some of the nicest people.”
Henry’s hands-on experience did not end in Judge Sargus’ courtroom. She also worked during her third year at the U.S. Attorney’s Office for the Southern District of Ohio. “The U.S. Attorney’s Office is a great place to work. My mentor there provided me the opportunity to research some interesting topics and contribute to other various projects.”
Bradley Newsad ’12 has multiple career plans lined up for graduation: First, he will clerk for Judge Eugene E. Siler, Jr. on the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Sixth Circuit; then, in August 2013, he will attend Naval Justice School as part of the U.S. Navy Judge Advocate General (JAG) program.
Prior to attending law school, Newsad was an instructor for the U.S. Navy Nuclear Power School, investigator for the Food and Drug Administration, almost a pilot (his colorblindness got in the way), two-time Division I state champion distance runner, wanna-be submarine officer (again, the colorblindness), Ohio State varsity athlete, and husband.
After being accepted for the Navy JAG during his second year of law school, Newsad was also offered a position with Judge Siler.
“I actually had to appeal to the Judge Advocate General of the Navy – a three-star admiral – to defer my entry for one year,” Newsad explained. Newsad is already commissioned, however, and was sworn in at the Ohio Union by classmate Patrick McGrath ’12, who he met through the Military Law Students Association.
Newsad met Sam Totino ’12 and Andrew Fontanarosa ’12 his first year at Race Judicata and the trio have ran almost 5,000 miles during the three years of law school.
“It has been a long, winding road, but hopefully when I start the JAG it will be the beginning of the end,” Newsad said.
Brandon Mitchell ’12 came to Moritz as a former Buckeye football standout and NFL player. His playing days taught him hard work, adversity, and humility. His law school days taught him how to be a mentor, role model, and cheerleader extraordinaire. Mitchell, who served as president of the Black Law Students Association, will start his new career in the general counsel office of Nationwide Insurance.
“We still have a long way to go to get more minorities in the law,” he said.
Mitchell joined BLSA in his first year and benefitted from the social aspects as well as the academic and mentoring elements.
“I saw the impact good leadership could have on the position and how vital it was by how much it helped me,” he said. “It’s almost for me, my way of giving back.”
Mitchell also served as Ohio State’s graduate and professional student representative for the University’s Board of Trustees. “I’m the only 27-year-old kid I know looking at a $5 billion dollar budget of a university,” he said. “It’s really given me a different perspective.”
Alejandro Abreu ’12 will be heading to the U.S. Department of Justice’s Environment and Natural Resource Division after the bar exam. His passion for the law and the environment was ignited in an odd place: Iraq.
Abreu, a native New Yorker, was studying computer science at Case Western Reserve University when he decided to leave school and enlist in the Army. He was sent to Iraq as a cavalry scout and spent his days running reconnaissance missions in a Humvee.
“I saw a huge mismanagement of natural resources in Iraq,” Abreu said. “There was a criminal element behind the abuse of natural resources in the country.”
Abreu also watched the law fail on a more personal level. “Our translator was a Somali national who became a stateless person years ago and was trapped in Iraq,” he said. “All we could really do is write a letter saying he worked for us and was a person of great character. But, in the end, we had to leave him behind in Iraq. I felt horrible because there was nothing we could do.”
After his tour, Abreu reenrolled in school with a new sense of purpose and ownership. “I switched my major to English because it was what I loved. Life is short,” he said.
The Peace Corps has always been about more than just teachers, engineers, nurses, and health educators – “lawyers have been recruited to meet the need of several African countries for professional help in improving the administration of justice and legal education,” the organization wrote in 1963. In 2013, Amanda Zerhusen ’13 will continue that tradition as a member of the Peace Corps.
“This is something I have wanted to do since high school and I felt like it was now or never,” she said. “I also feel like I am finally ready.” Zerhusen, who will serve for approximately two years after three months of training, will most likely be placed in Africa, Asia, or the Caribbean.
While awaiting for her country assignment, Zerhusen will continue to work as a development specialist at the Ethiopian Tewahedo Social Services, an independent nonprofit agency serving refugees, asylum seekers, and immigrants in Central Ohio.
“The Dispute Systems Design class taught by Professor Rogers helped to direct my long-term goals to either work in government or to run a nonprofit organization,” Zerhusen said.
Anna Chung ’12 had a hard time deciding what to do when she grew up: doctor or lawyer? After graduation, Chung and her husband will pack up their two dogs and head west to the sunny skies of southern California where she will practice medical malpractice defense at Taylor Blessey LLP.
“I’ve been interested in medical malpractice defense law from the very beginning of my law school career,” she said.
Chung started her academic career interested in medicine, but high marks in English and history and too much empathy for the frogs on the dissection table steered her toward the law. Chung joined the Health Law Society and also interned at the General Counsel’s Office at Nationwide Children’s Hospital.
“I feel so blessed to be able to start my career in a field of law I have such a passion for – as I strongly believe in the importance of defending individuals who spend every day working to save the lives of others.”Tags: Alejandro Abreu, Amanda Zerhusen, Anna Chung, Bradley Newsad, Brandon Mitchell, Janie Henry