Rising 2L sets sights on career in real estate, serving on the bench
By: Madeleine Thomas
Rising 2L Jasmine Lambert enrolled at The Ohio State University Moritz College of Law with aspirations of becoming a judge in criminal court one day, a honor she doesn’t take lightly.
As an undergraduate at Ohio University, Lambert served as a summer intern in the office of U.S. Congresswoman Joyce Beatty, who represents the 3rd Congressional District of Ohio. Lambert also interned in the Franklin County Court of Common Pleas, Division of Domestic Relations and Juvenile Branch. Her work there with Judge Elizabeth Gill, lead juvenile judge, ultimately set her on the path toward law school.
“Judges really have a lot of power in their hands and they have an amazing ability to make decisions that affect people’s lives,” Lambert said. “To be a judge you have to be levelheaded, unbiased, and you have to take the facts that are presented and decide a person’s future. They have a responsibility to make the right decisions.”
But first, Lambert hopes to go into private practice after graduation to work for a firm that specializes in real estate law. Such a career move is inspired in part by her own parents, who are in the process of buying and investing in various apartment buildings throughout the Columbus area. “When I’m passionate about things, I want to do everything,” she said.
One word can describe how Lambert felt when she learned she was a recipient of the Bricker & Eckler Leadership Scholarship: grateful.
“School is not easily funded, so it definitely takes a burden off my shoulders,” she said. “The donors saw something in me and I’m definitely grateful for that. Because they are helping to support my education, I have to return on that investment. I have to give something back, and I have to succeed.”
As she prepares for a career in private practice and eventually one served from the bench, Lambert wants to hone her leadership skills at Moritz by expanding her roles on the executive boards of the college’s student ambassador program and in the Black Law Students Association. She also wants to take part in the college’s Justice for Children Clinic, which provides students the unique experience of representing children in a variety of legal proceedings including immigration adjustments, abuse and neglect proceedings, and custody modifications. She credits the support of her fellow classmates with keeping her motivated and excited as she continues down her path in law.
“I feel like everyone is on the same mission but no one is trying to prevent anyone else from succeeding,” Lambert said. “It is inspiring to see so many people from different backgrounds coming together, helping each other, studying together, and sharing advice.”