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Incoming 1Ls, Meet Your Professors: Risa Lazaroff

6/26/2018  - 

Professor Risa Lazaroff has been teaching at the Law School since 1994. She is the academic director for the Externship Program and faculty advisor for the Civil Litigation Concentration.

In the Classroom…

What courses do you teach?
Legal Analysis, Research, and Writing (the essential introduction to the most important legal skills), Appellate Advocacy (about handling appeals), Legal Drafting (about drafting documents for litigation), and Externships (for students who are currently placed in sites across the City).

When you were in Law School…

Where did you go to law school?
The Ohio State University Moritz College of Law (although it was not yet named for Michael Moritz when I was a student).

What was your fondest memory of being a 1L?
I really enjoyed our first year moot court competition. I was quite nervous before my first oral argument, but once I got started, I relaxed and had fun. It made me believe that I had the skills to be a litigator.

What was your scariest 1L memory?
Being called on for the first time by Michael D. Rose, my tax professor, and not being sure of my answer.

Your advice to incoming law students…

What should student do to prepare the summer before law school?
Read, read, read! Lawyers are professional readers and writers, so sit by the pool and read a lot this summer to improve your active reading skills before you start law school.

Your best piece of advice to prepare for first year?
Get organized. Much of first year is about time management.

Your Favorites…

What’s your favorite book?
Anything written by Mark Twain because his sense of humor is timeless. And, usually, the last good book that I read. Right now I am enamored with any book written by Jamie Ford.

What’s your favorite movie?
The Shawshank Redemption. My husband is a retired prison warden for the State of Ohio, so I always get a kick out of watching the corrupt warden in that movie. I have toured The Ohio State Reformatory in Mansfield, Ohio, where the movie was filmed, which is the predecessor prison to the one my husband ran for many years, and have even attended a couple of parties there for prison staff.

What’s your favorite local restaurant?
I have lots of favorites because I have lived in Columbus most of my life. For pizza, there is only one choice: Tommy’s on Lane Ave at North Star Rd. (thin crust and lots of garlic.) There are other locations, but that one is the best.


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