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Pre-Law Day on Oct. 18 to explore legal careers


On Friday, Oct. 18, Ohio University will host its annual Pre-Law Day in Baker University Center. The program will feature 10 professionals from a variety of backgrounds in law.

Registration will begin at 8:30 a.m. in front of the Baker University Center Theatre, immediately followed by Dr. Anna Harvey's keynote speech, "Should Judges Make Law?" at 9 a.m. Harvey is an associate professor and former chair of the Department of Politics at New York University and a 1988 alumna of the Honors Tutorial College. In her speech, she plans to address the role played by judges, who are by nature unelected officials, in making law and setting policy direction in the United States.

"Anna Harvey is a dynamic speaker whose work on the Supreme Court will kick off the day by offering us a sense of why the law and its interpretation matters to every single one of us every day," said Dr. Jeremy Webster, dean of the Honors Tutorial College.

The keynote will be followed by eight panels that address various topics, including career possibilities in law, applying to law school, women in the field of law, and maintaining a work-life balance as a legal professional.

A misconception is that all students graduating from law school work in the criminal justice sector as attorneys. In reality, professionals with a J.D. are needed in many areas, including corporations, nonprofit organizations and environmental litigation.

The panelists reflect this variety. Some currently work in the private sector at law firms while others have gone on to work with corporations like BP, in the Department of Justice, or within the U.S. judicial system. Nine of the visiting professionals graduated from the Ohio University Honors Tutorial College.

"We are delighted to have such a prestigious group of Ohio University alumni back for this event," Webster said. "Our current students will benefit from their collective experience and knowledge, which spans a wide range of legal careers."

Although OHIO does not have a law school, it does offer several options to undergraduate students interested in going on to obtain a J.D., or juris doctor. Students studying English, political science or history may participate in their respective pre-law programs. Additionally, OHIO offers an interdisciplinary certificate in Law, Justice and Culture for undergraduate students.

The Honors Tutorial College is sponsoring Pre-Law Day 2013. 

Pre-Law Day Schedule of Events

8:30 a.m.: Continental breakfast and sign-in, Baker University Center Theatre

9-9:50 a.m.: Keynote, Dr. Anna Harvey, "Should Judges Make Law?" Baker University Center Theatre

10-10:50 a.m.: Concurrent sessions

"Relevance of a Law Degree in 2013," Baker University Center 240

"Women in Law," Baker University Center 242

11-11:50 a.m.: Concurrent sessions

"Law School Advice," Baker University Center 240

"Is Law School Worth It?" Baker University Center 242

1:10-2 p.m.: Concurrent sessions

"What Can You Do with a Law Degree?" Baker University Center 240

"Public Interest Law," Baker University Center 242

2:10-3 p.m.: Concurrent sessions

"Maintaining a Balanced Life," Baker University Center 240

"Landing Internships and Jobs," Baker University Center 242

Pre-Law Day panelists

The following legal professionals will serve as panelists at this year’s Pre-Law Day on Friday, Oct. 18, at Baker University Center.

Sandra J. Anderson: Retired associate vice president and deputy general counsel at the Ohio State University Office of Legal Affairs

John W. Borchert: Trial attorney – Foreign Corrupt Practices Act Unit, Fraud Section, Criminal Division, U.S. Department of Justice

David L. Burgert: Partner, Jones Day

Judge Charlotte Coleman Eufinger: Union County Probate and Juvenile Court

Tara Stuckey Morrissey: Associate, Jones Day

Robert L. Stout, Jr.: Associate general counsel – Health, Safety, Security & Environment, BP

Thomas Hodson: Director and general manager, WOUB Center for Public Media; Former judge of Athens County Common Pleas Court and Athens County Municipal Court

Kevin Mohr: Partner, King and Spalding

Greta Davis: Attorney, Davis Law Firm