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2014 Structured Study Group Leaders

Theresa Brenner

Hello! My name is Theresa Brenner and I am a 2L student originally from Cincinnati. I majored in Political Science at Ohio State with a minor in Business. My SSG experience illustrated the importance of group study sessions and how beneficial talking through concepts and topics can be.  For example, there are multiple issues in a case and various ways to approach each issue so trying to do everything alone only works to one's detriment. I am excited to be an SSG leader who can help build a collaborative and helpful environment for group study, as well as, serve as an academic resource for any question my SSG group may have during their 1L year.

Donald Clancy

Hello, my name is Donald Clancy. I was born in Cincinnati, and obtained my B.S. in Psychology from the University of Dayton. Currently I am a 2L here at U.C. and have an interest in Criminal Law. I had a wonderful SSG experience. Although it is only a semester-long commitment, I learned quite a lot. Besides the various ways to brief cases, and study for exams, it was invaluable to have an upperclassman inform me about the lesser "academic" aspects of law school. I decided to become an SSG leader because I feel that it is an experience worth passing on.

Brian Downing

I am from Las Vegas, Nevada and obtained a degree in Finance from UNLV. My SSG experience was a positive one which introduced me to the skills and concepts that helped me excel during my first year of law school. It was due to this positive experience that I decided to be an SSG leader. I recognize the utility of this program and feel a duty to help incoming students adjust and adapt to this foreign environment in the same way that previous upper class men guided me.

 

Stephen Doyle

I am originally from Milan, TN, a small town in West Tennessee near Memphis. I went to the University of Tennessee at Chattanooga and majored in Political Science. The SSG experience gave me the opportunity to adjust to learning in the law school environment. Coming into undergrad, I had a difficult time adjusting and my GPA reflected it. I did not want to occur the same blunder in law school and the SSG experience was a helpful catalyst for the transition. I decided to become an SSG leader because it was an integral part of my success in the first semester and I wanted to pass along some of the things that I learned that helped me during that first semester.

Brad Dunkle

I am originally from Huntington, WV and graduated from Marshall University majoring in History with a minor in International Affairs and a certificate in Appalachian Studies in 2009. Following graduation, I taught high school World History and Civics at Lincoln County High School, a rural WV school, where I also coached soccer and track. As a teacher I had an opportunity to pass my experiences along to others, and hopefully allow others to benefit and learn from those experiences. Also, the Structured Study Group helped me, as a 1L, learn about law school, exams, and develop a study group, which to a certain degree I am still maintaining.

Rebecca Dussich

I grew up in Indianapolis, but I have come to call Cincinnati "home" since moving here in 2006. I definitely did not make my way to UC Law via the traditional path. I attended Ball State University for a while after high school, but I left school to join the workforce before completing my degree. I worked my way up through the management ranks, including several years in Safety & Security. In 2010, I went back to school while continuing to work full-time, and obtained my Bachelor's in Business Management from Thomas More College. During my 1L year, I participated in a Structured Study Group and found that it really helped me to soften the blow of this move from work to law school. Being so far removed from a traditional educational environment, I was really concerned that I was going to struggle to keep up with my classmates. But, with the help of my SSG leader, I was able to adjust to the different instruction style of law school professors and successfully navigate all of the case briefs, study aids, hypos, and finals prep that initially seemed so foreign to me. Now that I'm a 2L, I wanted to pay some of that forward to the next incoming class. Law school can be a scary place, but I hope to be able to help ease the transition and pass on some of the knowledge I have gained. And I'll probably learn some things from you guys, too!

Patrick Higgins

I am originally from Dubuque, Iowa, but spent most of my life in Westerville, Ohio. My eastward movement continued when I went to New York University to be a part of the first graduating class of the university's Global Liberal Studies Program (GLS). Within GLS, my concentration was Politics, Rights, and Development and I minored in the Spanish Language. My experience in the Structured Study Group (SSG) program was a huge help as I adjusted to life in law school. Learning from a student who had been through the adjustment before helped me tackle the techniques that I needed in my first year courses which were markedly different than what I had utilized during my undergraduate career. Although I thought I had mastered my person studying techniques, the first few days of law school made me realize that I had a lot left to learn-- about learning. With the help of a small group of my peers in the SSG, I navigated new learning methods and found the right approach to the deluge of new material that was coming my way. I decided to become an SSG leader because I know that first year students will find themselves in the same situation that I found my 1L self. As a strong advocate for paying it forward and as one who enjoys sharing my knowledge with others, I hope to create the same SSG experience for my group that my SSG leader did for me.

Justin Jennewine

I was born and raised in Xenia, Ohio, about an hour outside of Cincinnati. I attended the University of Dayton and received my Bachelor's Degree in Economics and Finance. In my opinion, SSG is the most valuable resource I had available to me during my 1L year. We talked in depth about so many topics that were directly applicable to my classes and I really felt like I was able to seek out answers to questions that no one else would ever directly answer like "what is an outline" "how should I study for exams" "how do I brief these cases" and that was immensely helpful. I wanted to become a SSG leader because I think the program is so valuable that each year should have the same opportunity that I had. I just want to be able to offer the same help that I was offered.

Anthony Kremer

Hi, my name is Anthony Kremer. I was born and raised in Colerain Township, located just north of Cincinnati. I went to Wright State University in Dayton and majored in History with a minor in Religious Studies. My SSG experience was extremely beneficial because it made me practice for exams much sooner than I would have on my own, and felt I much more prepared come finals week as a result. I decided to become an SSG leader because I wanted to help others through the same program that had helped me during my demanding first semester of law school.

Alex Mattingly

I lived in Morgantown, West Virginia my entire life until I came to the University of Cincinnati as an undergraduate. I majored in both Philosophy and Economics, and decided to continue my studies at UC when I decided to attend the College of Law. I knew that the programs and activities for 1Ls would make the transition from undergrad to law school easier, and the structured study group was the program that I found the most beneficial. I received numerous tips and advice from everything from class preparation to how to prepare for exams, and it was a great opportunity to pick the brain of an upperclassman. I decided to become an SSG leader myself because I believe it was a large part of my academic success in my first semester, and I would like to provide whatever help I can for the incoming class.

Kyle Miller

I'm originally from Rochester Hills, Michigan. While I've lived in Cincinnati for several years, I'm also broke, unemployed and occasionally still live with my parents. I attended Miami University in Oxford, Ohio where I graduated with a business degree and then worked for a small consulting firm prior to Law School. I had a great experience with my SSG leader last year. As a 1L, you are often surrounded by confusion because everything and everyone is new. I thought the program was a great way to meet someone who actually knew what was going on and could help answer questions. I still keep in touch with my SSG leader and see her outside of the program as well. I decided to become an SSG Leader because it gives me an opportunity to help out the 1L's the same way the upperclassman helped me - plus when the incoming class becomes rich and famous hopefully I'll be on their good side!

Matthew Siefert

I am from Lancaster, Ohio native and am a graduate of Emory University in Atlanta, Georgia where I studied Economics and Political Science. I've also worked in the "real world" for a number of years serving as an executive for the Boy Scouts of America in Southern Ohio, in human resources with Huntington National Bank, and in various service and management positions. My Structured Study Group (SSG) experience was excellent. It allowed me to become closer with a group of peers from my small section as well as be mentored by an experienced upperclassman. The collaborative learning process was instrumental in providing practical experience for exams as well as helping to form core friendships that have been invaluable.

Dan Stroh

Originally from Columbus, IN, I graduated from DePauw University in Greencastle, IN in 2009 with a degree in Economics. After spending 4 years working for a material handling company in Indianapolis, I chose to return to school to get my law degree. My first year of law school was challenging as getting back into the routine of being a student was a change for me. The SSG experience was very beneficial in having someone to teach the skills required of being a successful law student as well as providing a mentor that was available to answer questions and help me through understanding how law school was different than undergraduate. Having had this experience, I felt that becoming an SSG leader myself was an excellent way to give back and pass along the experience that I felt was a large part in the success that I was able to achieve in the first year of law school.

Derek Tucker

I was born in Louisville Kentucky, but have lived most of my life here in Cincinnati. I was a business major at the University of Cincinnati, and graduated with a major in marketing and a minor in business analytics. After getting accepted to UC Law, I was very interested in the SSG program because it offered an opportunity to meet with upper level students and practice effective methods to prepare for and succeed in law school. Things as basic as briefing cases was completely new to me coming into law school, and getting to talk with someone who had been through their first year already was a huge benefit. I felt like I got a lot out of my time as a student in SSG, and because I think it is so beneficial, I was excited to get an opportunity to move to the other side of the table and help incoming 1L's make their transition into law school as smooth as possible.

R. Michael Waddle

Hello! I am Mike Waddle, born and raised in Cincinnati, OH. I went to Walnut Hills High School before deciding to attend The Ohio State University to study economics for my undergraduate degree. When I decided to study law I, like most incoming 1L's, didn't have a clear idea what challenges would face me. Thankfully, the SSG program helped me hit the ground running. The expectations and studying methods for law school are a dramatic shift from undergrad but my SSG leader, Brad Dunkle, gave me the inside information needed to make the adjustment successfully. This experience led me to become an SSG leader myself so that I can pass on help to the next generation of UC law students.

 

Considering the Structured Study Group Program? Feel free to reach out to this year’s SSG Leaders to pose questions about the program and how it works. Students interested in participating must submit the  SSG Registration Form to the Center for Professional Development by noon Friday August 29th.