Chase students enjoy making the most of their law school experience inside and outside of the classroom and library. This page periodically features a few such successes.
2L Erik Crew Says Chase is Helping Him to Become the Type of Lawyer He Wants to be
As Erik Crew approached graduation from Yale University, he thought he might stay in the Ivy League for law school. But the more he thought about it, he realized that the focus of instruction there might not be on becoming the type of lawyer he wanted to be.
Those schools, he thought, would prepare him for a Wall Street or academic career. He wanted to be able to stand up in court for people who might otherwise have no one to speak for them.
After teaching in California with Teach for America, the program for recent graduates to teach for two years in under-resourced urban and rural public schools, he came to Salmon P. Chase College of Law. “I wanted to get the practical, how to represent clients, to be able to hit the ground running,” he says.
The instruction at Chase, he says, “is no different than I received at Yale. The professors here are top-notch. They know not just the law and theory, but how it works and what it means to be in front of a judge. They have academic minds, and they are able to translate it.”
3L Stephanie Brooks Will Graduate into a Career With Her Summer Associate Experience While at Chase
Stephanie Brooks spent the summer before her third year at Salmon P. Chase College of Law as a summer associate in the Cincinnati law firm of Dinsmore & Shohl firm and received an offer to become an associate after she is graduated in May.
When she enrolled at Chase after working with non-profit groups, she thought her law career could become an extension of that experience. Her summer experiences, which began with a clerkship at Dinsmore & Shohl after her first year at Chase, have expanded her expectations.
“Chase helped open doors for me that broadened my legal lenses. My 1L year exposed me to many areas of the profession and, after spending my first summer clerking at Dinsmore & Shohl, I realized the non-profit field is not the only arena where I can make a community impact,” she says.
Instead of a linear merger of non-profit experience into law, she has discovered how a previous career might augment a new one. Working summers at Dinsmore & Shohl, she saw how her non-profit experience could dovetail into work with the public sector. She also developed a strategy for the long-term. “I learned the best opportunity for impact is about preparing yourself to be the best the lawyer you can be.”
3L Nicholas Hunt Uses His Chase Experience to Argue in a U.S. Court of Appeals
Nick Hunt thinks his mock trial team experience at Salmon P. Chase College of Law has prepared to step into a courtroom after he graduates. It actually helped him in a courtroom appearance even before he is graduated.
Nick, who is Chase Student Bar Association president, stepped into a courtroom of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Sixth Circuit at Cincinnati this summer to argue an appeal for the estate of an Ohio prisoner who committed suicide after a prison doctor allegedly stopped prescribed pain medication.
His oral argument before a three-judge panel was the culmination of his work on the case through the Chase Constitutional Litigation Clinic, which represents prisoners and former prisoners in actions that involve alleged denials of rights by state officials.
“It was an amazing experience,” Nick says of his courtroom appearance. While standing before three judges with combined experience of more than one hundred years was awe-inspiring, it was also sobering …and calming. “I realized how blessed I was to be there, advocating for our client. Once I realized that, the nerves went away,” he says.
To those judges, Nick appeared to have the poise of an experienced lawyer. “They said if I was nervous, they couldn’t tell it, that I conducted myself as if I were a veteran attorney,” Nick says the judges told him after his argument. “They said they were impressed with how well-prepared and knowledgeable I was about the case.”
The legal concepts and practical understandings he has developed through courses at Salmon P. Chase College of Law are his foundation to become a lawyer. But he thinks it has been the opportunity to refine those skills in simulated trials and an actual court appearance, with guidance from professors and practicing lawyers, that will make him practice-ready when he is graduated.
“The best thing I have done at Chase is join the trial team. I feel I will be ready when I graduate,” he says.
3L Laurie Williams is Blending Chase Classes and Internships to Build Her Future
Laurie Williams was one of 13 law students chosen nationally through the federal Government Honors Program in a Department of Justice internship in the Executive Office for Immigration Review.
That allowed her to spend the summer working in the Office of the Chief Immigration Judge at San Diego on matters such as removal of undocumented immigrants and eligibility for relief from removal, preparing decisions on motions to immigration judges, and drafting of final decisions.
The opportunities for out-of-classroom experiences that Salmon P. Chase College of Law offered her began her first year. That was when she had a summer externship with a U.S. District Court Senior Judge in Cincinnati. “As a 1L, I had no idea what I was getting into or what I was going to be doing,” Laurie says. What she did was research and draft memoranda in a variety of matters, including lawyers’ motions to dismiss and for summary judgment.
She followed that internship with a second doing legal research in the Office of Administrative Law Judges in Cincinnati, and, now, a third with the Department of Justice.
“I hope (potential employers) will see that I bring more to the table than someone who just graduated. I hope all of this rounds out my life,” she says.