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2011-12 Student Stories

Austin Allison, '11. At the age of eight Austin Allison '11 started his first business — successfully selling bird houses — in addition to doing the usual kid activities. Sixteen years later at the age of 24, Allison is the co-founder and CEO of The DotLoop Company, a multi-million-dollar software design firm, while working through his second year in law school. (Read more)

Emily Barth, '11. Although Emily Barth '11 grew up in Ohio and Northern Kentucky, she has spent significant portions of her life overseas, primarily in Asia.(Read more)

Ross Bertermueller and Sarah Sanderson, '11. While they were waiting for the first Introduction to Law class in August 2008 to begin, Ross Bextermueller asked Sarah Sanderson if she was ready for law school. The two have been dating since. In their final year of law school, Bextermueller and Sanderson, now engaged, are scheduled to graduate next May as members of the Class of 2011. (Read more)

Guy Cardamone ‘12, Johnathon Marvel ‘12, and Anna McGahan ‘12. What are your plans for the summer? A family vacation at camp or the beach? Relaxing at home? For three UC law students, summer has brought an opportunity for career exploration. They’ll be getting a jumpstart on their legal careers as participants in the Equal Justice Works Summer Corps Program.(Read more)

Sapphire Diamant-Rink, '11. Sapphire Diamant-Rink '11 was drawn to UC Law because of the opportunity to work closely with the Urban Morgan Institute for Human Rights. (Read more)

Zach El-Sawaf ’12.Zach El-Sawaf ’12 is a native Cincinnatian. Although he attended the University of Notre Dame for college, where he majored in political science, he ultimately returned to Cincinnati for law school. This wasn’t always his plan, however; El-Sawaf spent a year after college working for Easter Seals, an organization for which he had worked seasonally throughout college. (Read more)

Zak Fithian, '11. It is safe to say that third-year student Zak Fithian has acquired a great deal of knowledge about the law, since his first classes at the College of Law in August 2008. But it has been experiences outside of the classroom, including his current judicial externship, which have helped Fithian truly ‘put theory into practice.’ (Read more)

Lindsey Fleissner ’12. Lindsey Fleissner ’12 knew for many years that she wanted to be a lawyer. Throughout college, Fleissner’s participation in legal internships and other experiences fed her interest in being a lawyer, and in criminal law in particular. (Read more)

Andrew Goering, '11. With four generations graduating from either the University of Cincinnati or the College of Law, the Goering family boasts a strong connection. Consider: UC Law is now “home” to rising Andrew '11. (Read more)

Annah Icay, '11. When Annah Icay '11 went to work in the Philippines this summer, it was more than just a summer job; it was a trip home.(Read more)

Elise Lucas, '11. "Law school at its core teaches you to think like a lawyer," says Elise Lucas '11 about her UC Law experience thus far. "I've been here a year and a half and can see the growth and changes in my thought processes. It gives you a healthy sense of cynicism." (Read more)

Jessica Monroe ’12. University of Cincinnati College of Law students Devon N.R. Oser ’12 and Jessica Monroe ’12 are recipients of the prestigious Peggy Browning Fellowships. The fellowships provide law students with summer work experience fighting for social and economic justice. Monroe will use the fellowship to work at Schwarzwald McNair & Fusco LLP, a full-service union-side labor law firm in Cleveland, OH. (Read more)

Destiny Moore ‘11. Destiny Moore '11 is proud to live in what she calls the greatest city in the world. Originally from Cincinnati, she returned here for law school and plans to remain here after graduation. “I love it here,” she says, “I wouldn’t go anywhere else.” Her love for the Queen City has spilled over into her career goals: she hopes to use her law degree to continue developing the city and making it even better and stronger. (Read more)

Destiny Moore ‘11. “My experience with the ECDC has been a great one. I am gaining a wealth of knowledge that will help me be the most effective counsel that I can be,” said Destiny Moore, a 2011 UC Law graduate about her experience as a legal intern in the inaugural class of the Entrepreneurship and Community Development Clinic. (Read more)

Devon N.R. Oser ’12. University of Cincinnati College of Law students Devon N.R. Oser ’12 and Jessica Monroe ’12 are recipients of the prestigious Peggy Browning Fellowships. The fellowships provide law students with summer work experience fighting for social and economic justice. Oser will utilize the fellowship to work in the legal department of the IUE-CWA, the Industrial Division of the Communications Workers of America, based in Dayton, OH. (Read more)

Daryl Osuch, '11. Atypical life experiences led Daryl Osuch ’11 to Cincinnati Law. Reared and educated in Chicago, IL, he matriculated at the University of Chicago, majoring in American History. His major required him to take classes in other fields, however, which led Osuch to take a number of Japanese history classes. (Read more)

Jim Sproat, '11. Why does Jim Sproat want to become a lawyer? It isn’t to become a career attorney, although he plans to work as a lawyer for a few years. His ultimate goal, he said, is to effect change—from the inside out. "I want to develop a better understanding of law in relation to politics," said Sproat '11. "You can really change things by working within the political system." (Read more)

Jenna Washatka ’12.For many people July 13, 2011 was a historic day in Hamilton County with the front-page Cincinnati Enquirer coverage of the official creation of the first public land bank in southern Ohio. UC Law student Jenna Washatka ’12 and Professor Jim O’Reilly had an important had in its development. (Read more)

Sarah Welcome, '11. The reason that Sarah Welcome ’11 became a University of Cincinnati College of Law student can be directly linked to the opportunity she participated in this summer—working in Botswana, Africa. (Read more)

Joseph Zoimen ‘12Joseph Zoimen, a rising 3L, will be honored on May 25, 2011 by the Jewish Federation of Cincinnati as “Volunteer of the Year.” This award will be presented based on his work as a volunteers and programs he runs at Congregation Zichron Eliezer. (Read more)