Meet Shea Daley, Editor-in-Chief of the Ohio State Criminal Law Journal
Hometown: Franklin, Ohio
Legal Interests: Criminal Law, Disability Law, and Statutory Interpretation
Education: Bachelor’s, Criminal Justice (American Military University)
Was law school always on your radar?
It was. I graduated high school in 2010 but didn’t start my undergraduate degree until 2016 because I initially went into the Air Force. Then once I got to the point where I was proficient in my job there, I went back to get my bachelor’s degree with the plan to eventually go to law school.
What was your role in the Air Force?
I was an avionics technician on the C-17s at Wright-Patterson Air Force Base. I am still in the Air Force, just as a traditional reservist now.
What made Moritz your choice for law school?
The people, hands down. When I came to admitted student’s day, the students and the faculty and staff members I met were all very supportive. Cybele Smith even took time to meet with me after admitted student’s day to talk and make sure Moritz was the right fit for me. That supportive environment has continued to exist. You hear about the curve and the competitive part of law school, but I didn’t feel that as a driving force. We are all just supportive of each other and trying to do the best we can do.
Because of that supportive culture, how did you maneuver through the COVID-19 pandemic?
The part that made it difficult was not connecting with the 1L class as much as I would have liked to. So it wasn’t ideal, but because I had made so many connections as a 1L myself, I still had friends who I would Zoom and study with, even if we didn’t have the same classes. Even though I couldn’t be around them, the people of Moritz made this year better. We stayed connected and the support that was there for each other is what made everything easier.
What made you want to pursue the EIC position?
For me it is to be a part of something bigger than myself. That has kind of carried true throughout my life from going into the military and going into law generally. I thought this was a position where I could do the most. We have a lot of great people on the criminal law journal, and I feel that in this role I can help all of the different areas instead of putting all my focus on one thing. I am able to assist everyone within the journal and make the most widespread impact.
What are some personal strengths you bring to the EIC position?
Passion and organization. I have always been interested in criminal law. I think if I hadn’t gone to law school, I probably would have gone into another area of criminal law. And then when it comes to organization, that skill comes from my time in the military so far. There are a lot of balls in the air at once and juggling all of them is a lot, but I have a great team around me to accomplish our goals for the journal.
What is your ideal next step after graduation?
My immediate next step is unknown, but one possibility is clerking. I feel like it gives you a chance to see the potential impact of your work as an attorney advocating for your client. And being able to strengthen my research and writing skills will help my future clients. Beyond that, I am keeping an open mind. I am really enjoying the work and the people at Dinsmore & Shohl LLP this summer and I enjoyed my time working for the U.S. Attorney’s office before law school. I would enjoy working in any of those roles after law school, but I am also keeping an open mind in case an opportunity comes up that I had not yet considered that I think I’d also enjoy.