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Incoming 1Ls, Meet Your Professors: Jeff Snapp

6/5/2017  - 

Professor Jeff Snapp practiced for 15 years before joining Capital full-time in 2005. A former Acting Judge for the Bellefontaine Municipal Court, his practice focused on litigation and the needs of a broad range of individual and business clients. He helped form Habitat for Humanity of Logan County, where he has helped build 25 houses and currently serves as Director. He still lives in Bellefontaine where he tends his hobby farm raising chickens, gardening, and making maple syrup.

In the Classroom…

What courses do you teach?
I teach Legal Research and Writing for 1Ls and Drafting courses for 3Ls.

What legal issue fascinates you?
I am interested in the threads of history I see playing themselves out in the legal process.

When you were in Law School…

Where did you go to law school?

What was your fondest memory of being a 1L?
Listening to lectures of future United States Solicitor General Walter Dellinger, whose erudition was matched only by his humor.

What was your scariest 1L memory?
Getting skewered after misstating a fact from a contracts case on the second day of class.

Your advice to incoming law students…

What should students do to prepare the summer before law school?
Read legal history. Students are often overwhelmed by a lack of context for the particularity of the discipline they will study. First try Lawrence Friedman's A History of American Law. And if that only whets your appetite, move on to Morton Horowitz's two-volume set, The Transformation of American Law. Get a job as a ‘runner’ for a law office. You’ll do court filings, meet the office holders and court personnel and maybe see some of the proceedings. It’s a way of getting more context.

Your best piece of advice to prepare for first year?
Keep an eye on the big picture. Set the day’s lesson in the broader outline of the subject. Then remember that school is preparing you for something bigger – service, profession, family, community. 

Your Favorites…

What’s your favorite book?
I just loved A Prayer for Owen Meaney, by John Irving.

What’s your favorite movie?
The Thin Red Line

What’s your favorite local restaurant?
I’d rather eat in with what I gather from my garden. When I do go out, it is often to Aladdin’s.

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