January 29, 2018 at 11:27 am

Alumni News | Sociology’s Natasha Kennedy Sworn in as Magistrate

A smiling Natasha Bush Kennedy

Natasha (Bush) Kennedy

Natasha (Bush) Kennedy ’09 was appointed and sworn in by the Judge as the Logan County Common Pleas Court General Division Magistrate in November 2017. In this role, she presides over civil and criminal matters.

After graduating with her B.A. in Sociology-Criminology from the College of Arts & Sciences at Ohio University, Kennedy earned her J.D. from The University of Akron School of Law in 2013.

She loves being a public servant and having the opportunity to help the people of Logan County on a daily basis. One example is working with her treatment team on revamping their Adult Recovery Court to better help those individuals battling with addiction.

Her OHIO Experience

Kennedy says that her entire experience at Ohio University prepared her for what she does now.

Being a Sociology-Criminology major prepared her for her legal career. It made her very interested in the criminal aspect of the law and trying to better understand why people commit crimes, live certain lifestyles, and how to try to break the cycle of the revolving door of criminality. She used the knowledge she gained from her courses while a defense attorney, then a prosecutor and even now.

“I believe it gives me a different perspective when trying to help individuals,” Kennedy says.

Her favorite professor was Michelle Brown because she was so passionate about criminology and the criminal justice system. Brown’s enthusiasm made it impossible not to love the class. Kennedy credits her with opening her eyes to the area of study and fueling her desire to go to law school to help others.

Kennedy also benefited from her on-campus job. She worked all four years at the Baker University Center, where Lureen Bailey taught her responsibility, work ethic, and the proper way to effectively communicate with the public. Bailey expected nothing but the best and told Kennedy when she needed to improve.

“She made a lasting impression on my life,” she says.

It was in her Baker Center role that she discovered how much she enjoyed helping people.


It was also at Ohio University where she learned the importance of setting goals and working every day to achieve them.

Her ultimate goal was to attend law school and pass the bar exam. Once she accomplished those goals she set more and continues to set them to this day.

“Goals give you something to work towards when you wake up in the morning,” she says.

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