Risa Dinitz Lazaroff

Professor of Legal Research and Writing

Risa Dinitz Lazaroff


  • J.D., The Ohio State University
  • A.B. with high distinction, honors in English, University of Michigan


Risa Dinitz Lazaroff is the Director of the first-year Legal Research and Writing Program and third-year Legal Drafting Program at Capital University Law School. She teaches Legal Research and Writing, Civil Litigation Drafting, and Appellate Advocacy. Professor Lazaroff coaches the Philip J. Fulton Law Offices National Moot Court Team and is the faculty advisor for the Civil Litigation Concentration. She is a writing consultant for the Columbus office of Schottenstein, Zox, and Dunn Co. LPA. Prior to joining the faculty, she practiced insurance defense litigation for life, health, and disability claims, and served as a staff attorney for the Ohio Legislative Service Commission.

A few other notable facts:

  •  Professor Lazaroff developed “Acting for Advocates” as part of the Appellate Advocacy Curriculum.
  • She and two other members of the Legal Writing faculty (Janet Blocher and Jeff Snapp) will present a CLE at the Columbus Bar Association on December 15, 2011, entitled “Persuasive Writing: From Start to Finish.”
  • Professor Lazaroff and Professor Angela Upchurch offered a one of a kind course in 2009 entitled “Selected Topics in Reproductive Law” where Professor Upchurch taught the substance of the course and Professor Lazaroff taught the writing component of the course.
  •  She was the Director of the Supplemental Bar Program and taught the “SuperStart Bar Course,” the precursor to the Advanced Bar Studies course, for several years.