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Incoming 1Ls, Meet Your Professors: Risa Lazaroff

6/5/2017  - 

Professor Risa Lazaroff started teaching part-time at the Law School in 1994 while she was working as an associate in a local law firm. She moved to full-time status in 2003. 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 Research and Writing (the essential introduction to some of the most important legal skills), Appellate Advocacy (about handling appeals), Legal Drafting (about drafting documents for litigation), and Externships (for students who are currently in externships).

What legal issue fascinates you?
I am curious about how the law will develop regarding posting “menacing language” or “threats” on social media. The US Supreme Court recently ruled on a case involving that issue and I’ll be interested to see how the law evolves.

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!

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 to improve active reading skills.

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. His sense of humor is timeless.

What’s your favorite movie?
The Shawshank Redemption. My husband is a 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 runs now, 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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