February 28, 2017 at 9:31 am

CLJC Features Political Science Alum | Swain Fights for Families

Ben Swain

Benjamin Swain

Benjmain Swain received his bachelor’s degree from Ohio University in 2004 and his Juris Doctorate from Capital University Law School in 2007, and was admitted to the Ohio Bar that same year. Ben joined Stebelton Snider in the Spring of 2012. Prior to joining Stebelton Snider, Ben spent four years as a Special Assistant Prosecuting Attorney for the Fairfield County Child Support Enforcement Agency. Currently, his skills are utilized in the firm’s Family Law, Juvenile Law, and Adoption Law areas.

Ben is a member of the Fairfield County and Ohio State Bar Associations. He is the current Past President of the Fairfield County Bar Association and serves on the Domestic Relations Committee and Legal Aid – Civil Committee. He also serves as Treasurer on the Board of Directors for AHA! A Hands-on Adventure A Children’s Museum.

What brought you to Ohio University?

As a senior in high school I visited my sister who was attending OU. I immediately felt a connection to the University and the community.

What is your current occupation? Explain what you do in a typical day.

I’m an attorney with Stebelton Snider, LPA. A typical day includes client meetings, hearing preparation and court appearances.

How did you become interested in that field? Was there a particular topic or field of law that got you interested in it in the first place?

I enjoy helping people manage conflict, be it through negotiation and compromise or trial before a Court.

What’s your favorite part of your position? What are you passionate about?

I enjoy having a close relationship with my clients so that I can understand what is important to them. I’m passionate about helping best protect whatever is most important to them.

How did your Ohio University experience prepare you for law school and shape your career path?

Exposure to different thoughts and perspectives at OU formed my approach to my practice. Communication is critical in my career and OU’s learning environment fosters open communication about diverse perspectives.

What do you think most important things you did as an undergrad to get you prepared for law school?

Understanding a work/play balance. Focusing on academics when necessary but also focusing on personal development.

Do you have any advice for students interested in law?

Enjoy OU while you can. A lot of work lies ahead.

What is your favorite Ohio University memory?

Ryors Hall. Bromley Hall. W. Union St. W. Washington. The friendships that endure to this day.

Anything else you would like to share?

Good luck!

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