Meet Courtney Pyatt, New Editor-in-Chief for the Ohio State Technology Law Journal
Hometown: Fayetteville, WV
Legal Interest: Small Business and Entrepreneurship
Education: West Virginia University, Economics (Bachelor’s Degree)
Was law school always on your radar?
Law school was always on my radar. I used to always watch the TV show Cops with my dad and so I originally wanted to be a police officer. As I got older, I didn’t like the idea of being in danger so I wanted to find something similar I could do following that same idea. I decided at a pretty young age I wanted to be a lawyer. I started undergrad at West Virginia University with the plan to ultimately go to law school.
It has to do with one: Columbus. I looked at a lot of schools in Washington D.C. and some other metro areas, but I just really liked Columbus. It was closer to home and also, I had fond memories of the city. My parents brought us here when I was in high school and after that I decided I really loved Columbus. The suburbs were quaint and homey, but it still had all the draw of a big city.
So, I thought at one point I would go to Ohio State for undergrad, but ultimately stayed home at WVU. Knowing that I wanted to go to law school though, I thought I could come back to Columbus for law school.
What made you want to pursue the EIC position of the journal?
I had a really great experience as a staff editor on the technology law journal. I really enjoyed the process of getting to take someone’s original work that they worked really hard on and getting to work with them all the way until it was published. I did a little bit of research and writing when I was in undergrad, so I knew what that process looked like. I want the journal to be the best that it can be and try to help everyone to see the value in it.
What do you bring individually as the EIC?
I think a lot of my strengths come from my ability to be an effective leader. You have to be adaptable and make sure you are listening to the needs of everyone involved, while still trying to keep the long-term goal of the journal in mind and seeing where the two converge. I really have tried to bring that to the table as I have been pursuing the EIC position. Also, I want to take everything that worked from last year and implement that and then take everything that may not have worked and find where the best place to meet in the middle is.
What is your ideal next step after graduation?
My plan has always been to stay in Columbus. I have really fallen in love with the city and the people who live here. This summer, I am supposed to be going to Kegler Brown in Columbus and working as a summer associate. My long-term plan would be to hopefully work for Kegler Brown, if they would have me and hopefully place into the emerging practices business group.