Why did you decide to be a solo attorney participating in Columbus Bar inc?
The Columbus Bar inc offers so many things that I would not have had access to as an attorney starting out on my own. When I was accepted to the program, I jumped at the opportunity because I believe that the networking and mentoring that the program offers will help me establish my practice. Opening my own law office was an idea I had thought about, but figured that it would be extremely difficult to find people with the right expertise from whom to seek advice. This program shattered that barrier for me and will allow me to reach my goal of serving others as best as I possibly can.
What area(s) of law does your solo practice focus on?
Throughout law school and for the past few years, I have focused my research on civil law issues and on the use of mediation. There are some civil areas of the law that lend themselves very well to Alternative Dispute Resolution. Given my passion to help others solve their day-to-day problems in the least stressful and most appropriate way, I will be focusing on family law and civil law issues. While I am establishing my practice, I would also like to do some estate planning.
What made you choose your primary area of law?
I have always wanted to have a job in which I had the power to make life easier for others. As a law student, I volunteered at legal aid. My time there taught me quite a bit about the issues most people face on a daily basis. I desire to use my law degree to help people with everyday issues that deeply affect their lives.
What will make your law firm unique?
My goal is to help my clients with their current issues and prepare them for the future. I am a big believer in the use of Alternative Dispute Resolution because I believe that there are different methods of solving problems that may be more appropriate than the traditional ones. I will strive to inform my clients of the various methods I believe will work best for them.
Summary of previous employment:
While in law school I volunteered at Ohio State Legal Services Association as a law clerk. I spent the majority of my time researching topics in consumer law and foreclosure. As a 2L, I interned at the Ohio State Commission on Dispute Resolution and Conflict Management. There, I focused on the use of mediation and on school mediation programs. I also gained invaluable experience in meeting facilitation. After I graduated, I wanted to continue educating myself on the different areas of law. During this time, I researched for one of my professors and for other attorneys and took continuing education courses in family law. In spring of 2010, I received a grant to work on the program design and implementation for a mediation program. I also had the opportunity to develop training materials for mediators and help with training. In spring of 2012, I completed my training to become a Guardian Ad Litem. Through my volunteer activities and work history, I developed a greater interest in civil law, family law, and Alternative Dispute Resolution.
Describe your personal interests and hobbies:
In my free time, I enjoy hanging out with my cats, baking, cooking, and gardening. My husband and I also enjoy discovering new cuisines and foods.