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Incoming 1Ls, Meet Your Professors: Susan Looper-Friedman

8/13/2018  - 

Professor Susan Looper-Friedman brings an international perspective to her work, having studied in both England and France before joining the Capital Law Faculty in 1985. A long-time champion of civil liberties she received the Flame of Liberty award from the Ohio Chapter of the ACLU in 2012 in recognition of nearly 30 years of leadership roles in that organization.

In the Classroom…

What courses do you teach?

I teach the year-long first year property course, which along with contracts and torts, make up the basics of Anglo-American private law. I also teach Women and the Law, Decedents’ Estates & Trusts, and Land Use Regulations.

What legal issue fascinates you?
I am most interested in the conflict between individual rights and the public interest, most notably with respect to reproductive autonomy. I am also interested in theories of property and the sources of property rights in the context of government takings and regulation of land uses.

When you were in Law School…

Where did you go to law school?

I got my J.D. from the University of Santa Clara (where I had Prof. Darling for torts!). I then went to Harvard Law School where I got my LL.M. (Prof. Gilles was a classmate).

What was your fondest memory of being a 1L?
The first day. My first class was civil procedure: pleadings. I thought I was more than totally prepared, but within two minutes the professor had me wondering if I’d come to the right class. For the next 50 minutes I was completely lost until the last 5 minutes when he brought it all together. Eureka! I was so excited by the process I was hooked.

What was your scariest 1L memory?
I was terrified of taking any tax courses but decided I should know something about taxes if I was going to be a lawyer. I took the course pass/fail. I struggled through every class never really understanding what I was studying. I walked out of the final exam less than confident that I had even passed. Turned out that I not only passed, but I got the “book award” for the highest grade. (I still hate tax law.)

Your advice to incoming law students…

What should students do to prepare the summer before law school?

Get settled in your living arrangements and take care of all the administrative and logistical details. Once the semester takes off, you’ll have very little time for things like dentist appointments, waiting for the cable guy, or shopping for a winter coat.

Your best piece of advice to prepare for first year?
Learn how to manage your time. Make a daily/weekly/monthly/semester schedule for classes, studying, reviewing, exercising, shopping, etc., and stick to it. Don’t let yourself fall behind on anything. It’s so much easier to stick to your schedule than to run around at the end of the semester trying to catch up.

Your Favorites…

What’s your favorite book?

The Random House Unabridged Dictionary (I love words and etymology). Of literature: Slaughterhouse Five by Kurt Vonnegut or Mrs. Dalloway by Virginia Woolf.

What’s your favorite movie?
Harold and Maude, a 1971 cult classic starring Bud Cort as a disillusioned college drop-out who is obsessed with suicide and Ruth Gordon who plays a gregarious, eccentric 80-year-old holocaust survivor. They both attend funerals for entertainment where they meet and develop a taboo love affair.

What’s your favorite local restaurant?
For a special occasion: Lindey’s, otherwise Café Istanbul. This is a hard question to answer because Columbus has an ever growing list a really good restaurants. 

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