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November 14, 2018 at 12:49 pm

Alumni Share Experiences in Law School, Legal Profession at Pre-Law Days

David Crane delivering the Pre-Law Day keynote

David Crane delivers the Pre-Law Day keynote.

Seventeen Ohio University alumni and friends returned to campus Nov. 8-9 to share their law-related experiences and advice with current students during the 2018 Pre-Law Days.

The event kicked off in Baker Theater on Nov. 8 with a keynote address by Ohio University alum David Crane. Crane earned a bachelor’s degree in History in 1972 and a master’s degree in African Studies in 1973. He also earned a Juris Doctor from Syracuse University in 1980. He is a Glidden Visting Professor for 2018-19.

Crane was the Chief Prosecutor for the Special Court for Sierra Leone and was responsible for indicting Liberian President Charles Taylor. Crane spoke about the importance of the rule of law throughout history, especially today. He also detailed the rise of the “Strong Man Era” and the emergence of international justice.

David Crane talks to an engaged audience at Pre-Law Days.

David Crane talks to an engaged audience at Pre-Law Days.

The event continued on Nov. 9 with a series of panel discussions in which students could ask questions of the alumni. The alumni shared experiences and advice on topics such as corporate law, women in the law, law school advice, and public interest law. Any student interested in a potential legal career was invited to attend. Some students were strongly committed to attending law school while others were still weighing their options.

“Students interested in attending law school should research information related to legal careers while assessing their own skills, talents, and interests to see if they are a good fit,” said Larry Hayman, Pre-Law Specialist with the Center for Law, Justice & Culture. “One of the best ways to do this is to meet with current practicing attorneys and JDs in other careers.”

Students attend a Women in the Law panel with alumni, shown here seated around a table.

Students attend a Women in the Law panel with alumni.

“Pre-Law Day was an opportunity to make connections with attorneys and legal professionals that challenged me to think of my goals in becoming an attorney,” said Ellen Gill, a first-year studying English Pre-Law. “I explored the fields of law I hope to invest myself in, and I was able to discuss with successful people the benefits and challenges of the occupation. I am excited to navigate law school with an understanding of the complex legal field, and connections to resources to help me maximize my legal experiences.”

Several faculty members from the College of Arts & Sciences were on hand to moderate the panels, including Amanda Cox, Lecturer in Sociology; Haley Duschinski, Associate Professor of Anthropology; Jennifer Fredette, Assistant Professor of Political Science; John Gilliom, Associate Dean for Strategy, Finance, and Administration and Professor of Political Science; Kathleen Sullivan, Associate Professor of Political Science; and Kevin Uhalde, Associate Professor of History.

After the panels several student groups gave presentations on their missions, membership requirements, and events to both students and alumni. Represented groups include Phi Alpha Delta, Ohio University Mock Trial, Undergraduate Black Law Students Association, Students Defending Students, and the American Civil Liberties Union of Ohio University.

A Pre-Law day panel with students and alumni seated around a table.

A Pre-Law day panel with students and alumni.

Finally, students and alumni engaged in a series of roundtable discussions on topics such as Terry v. Ohio Turns 50, This Year at the Supreme Speech, and Gender in the Law.

Alumni and friends who helped make 2018 Pre-Law Days a success were:

  • Charles Dyas: Dyas Law, LLC.
  • Fred Bryant: Federal Land Reuse Solutions, LLC.
  • Rob Dorans: Chief Legal Counsel, ACT Ohio
  • Robert Foehl: College of Business, Ohio University
  • Joseph Gibson: Deputy Chief Prosecutor, Columbus OH
  • Megan Kelley: National Church Residences
  • Dan Kemp: Associate General Counsel, Duke Energy
  • Michael Koslen: Jones Day Associate
  • Patrick Lang: Judge on Athens County Court of Common Pleas
  • David Onega: Bailey Cavalieri Partner
  • Margaret Replogle: Of Counsel, Lardiere McNair
  • Maddie Rettig: J.D. Candidate ’19 Moritz College of Law
  • Helen Robinson: Marshall and Forma
  • Micah Siegal: Fuyao Glass America, General Counsel
  • Mark Tierney: Hamilton County Assistant Prosecuting Attorney
  • Clark Vandervort: U.S. Magistrate Southern District of WV
  • David Crane: Former Chief Prosecutor for the Special Court for Sierra Leonne

Pre-Law Day is hosted each year by the Center for Law, Justice & Culture.

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