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Incoming 1Ls, Meet Your Professors: Kelly Mihocik

6/14/2021  -  After being a restaurant franchisee, Professor Kelly Mihocik, L’04, decided to attend law school in 2001. She graduated as class valedictorian while juggling the responsibilities of being a mother to three and working full time. After practicing law for 16 years, with a focus on appellate work, she joined Capital Law’s writing faculty. She loves to travel, and in recent years has been trying to visit a new country each holiday season. So far her favorite places in the world are Paris and Guanacoste, Costa Rica.

AS A PROFESSOR
What do you teach?

I teach first year Legal Analysis, Research and Writing. This class focuses on learning to think and write like lawyer. In this class, students learn to write letters, motions, and briefs and develop the skills to find on-point authority to help them win arguments.  I also teach upper level writing courses including Legal Drafting and Appellate Advocacy.

What legal issue fascinates you and why?
The legal issues that fascinate me are endless. I really love the law because it is dynamic and can change at any time. If I had to pick areas that mattered to me the most I would pick civil rights and criminal law.

AS A LAW STUDENT
Where did you attend law school?

I am a proud graduate of Capital University Law School.

What was your scariest moment in law school?
The first time I got called on in Professor Ferriell’s Contracts class.

What was your proudest moment in law school?
Getting an externship with a judge on the United States Court of Appeals for the Sixth Circuit.

ADVISE FOR LAW STUDENTS
What advice do you have for students after their first year?

Keep making friends with your classmates. Someday, the people around you are going to be our community leaders.

What is the most common mistake upper-level students make?
Overcommitting themselves.

YOUR FAVORITES
What is your favorite book?

I fall in love with a lot of the books that I read, but for some reason, I remain fascinated by Into Thin Air, John Krakauer’s gripping best-seller about a tragic storm on Mt. Everest that killed 5 people.

What is your favorite local restaurant?
I can’t name just one: Tommy’s Pizza; Aab India; and Taj Palace.

What is your favorite “undiscovered gem” in Columbus or nearby?
On the Scioto Trail between Grandview and downtown, there are two bridges overlooking the river, and the views are beautiful.

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