Briefing Room

public interest law

Jay Payne

As graduation approaches, 3L prepares to join Federal Honors Attorney Program

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.

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Rachel Tallmadge

Greif Fellowship allows alumna to pursue dream of helping victims of human trafficking

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.

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Melinda Haggerty

Alumna uses legal skills to guide foundation that helps find loving homes for foster children

As senior vice president and general counsel of the Dave Thomas Foundation for Adoption, Melinda Haggerty ’10 plays a vital role in helping the organization achieve its mission of finding adoptive homes for children in foster care.

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3L student uses time in law school to prepare for career in public interest field

A passion for social justice drives much of what 3L Marla Trinidad does on a day to day basis – from volunteering with local groups to interning with the Legal Aid Society of NYC to serving as the new executive director for the Moritz’s Pro Bono Research Group.

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3L spends summer helping immigrant workers in Illinois

Law school was always in the plans for 3L Madison Mackay. An opportunity to study abroad during her undergraduate studies, however, provided the catalyst to helping her find an area of the law she’s most passionate about – immigration law.

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Michelle Chavanne ’01 uses legal degree to help shape higher education in Ohio

When Michelle Chavanne ’01 graduated from law school, she knew she did not want to spend her career in a courtroom. Now, as general counsel for the Ohio Department of Higher Education, she’s found a way to pursue her passions for the law and academia simultaneously.

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Micah Berman

Professor Micah Berman receives award from the National Cancer Institute

Professor Micah Berman was named the recipient of a K07 career development award from the National Cancer Institute (NCI) for his project “Designing a Comprehensive Framework for the Evaluation of Tobacco Products.”

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Kathryn Mayer ’13 uses ADR skills to give voice to those with disabilities

During her time at the Moritz College of Law, Kathryn Mayer ’13 became involved in the Alternative Dispute Resolution Program—a decision that would ultimately have a huge impact on the direction her career would take after graduation.

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Career in public service more than a job to Alejandro Cortes ’05

Just six years after graduation, Alejandro Cortes ’05 took on one of the biggest challenges a young lawyer can face – representing the City of Cleveland in matters involving police, fire, E.M.S, and homeland security forces as an assistant director of law.

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Robert Bilott ’90 profiled in New York Times Magazine article

Moritz alumnus Robert Bilott ’90 was the subject of a New York Times Magazine profile, for his work taking on American chemical company DuPont.

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Grassbaugh Veterans Project featured in article

The Grassbaugh Veterans Project, founded by Jenna Grassbaugh ’14 in honor of her late husband Jon, was featured in a recent article in the Fayetteville Observer. Grassbaugh is currently a JAG officer, serving as chief of legal assistance for the 82nd Airborne Division. She founded the project while during her second year of law school at Ohio State.

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Alumna works to protect Ohioans as senior assistant attorney general

On Angela Sullivan ’02’s first day of law school, a faculty member imparted these words of wisdom. “They said, ‘Look around you. Some of these people will be judges who you appear before. Some of them will be opposing counsel. Some of them, you will work with, or for. And your reputation starts today.’”

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