Success After Wooster

Judicial Clerkships

Wooster students have been very successful after graduating from law school in being selected for judicial clerkships. Ben Mizer (‘99) first served as a law clerk to Judge Judith W. Rogers of the United States Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit and then for Justice John Paul Stevens of the United States Supreme Court during the 2003-2004 term. Matt Kaiser (’94) served as a law clerk to the Honorable Catherine C. Blake of the United States District Court for the District of Maryland after graduating from Georgetown Law School. Ann Lee (’95) has served as a law clerk for Judge Maria Elena James for the Northern District of California. Margaux Day ('06) served as a law clerk for Chief Justice Solomon Oliver Jr. ('69) of the U.S. District Court - Northern District of Ohio.


Wooster is especially well-represented on the bench, a position of great respect and importance in American society. David Dowd ('51) and Solomon Oliver ('69) are federal judges and Denise Reilly ('75) is Assistant Chief Judge of the Fourth Judicial District in Minnesota. Stuart Miller ('69) served as a municipal judge in Wooster, and Larry Jones ('75) is a municipal judge in Cleveland.

Corporate Counsel

A growing area of legal practice in recent years is working “in-house” for a corporation. Laurie Kosanovich ('94) is General Counsel for the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame; Kathleen Whalen ('85) is Director of Compliance Programs for Columbia Healthcare Corporation; Shelly A. Goering ('83)  is with the National Association of Securities Dealers, Inc.; and Tom Boardman ('70) is the Assistant General Counsel for the 3M Corporation. Another notable example is Blake Moore ('80), a history major and former All-American football player, who attended Harvard Law School after a successful career in the National Football League.


Wooster alumni also are found in both federal and state governments. Amelia Keys (’01) is a Judge Advocate for the U.S. Marine Corps; Kenneth McHargh ('70) is in the Office of the U.S. Attorney; Jay Stefaniuk (’98) is an attorney for Richland County Children’s Services; and Ben Mizer ('99) is Deputy Assistant Attorney General, Office of Legal Counsel of the U.S. Department of Justice.

Private Practice

Wooster graduates are found in a variety of private legal practices in all parts of the United States. Richard Van Duzer ('84), for example, is with Farella, Braun & Martel, representing wineries in California; Joshua N. Holian (’95) is an associate in the San Francisco office of Latham & Watkins; and Donald R. Frederico (’76) leads Pierce Atwood's class action defense practice in Boston.

Law school is good preparation for many careers other than ones directly related to the practice of law. Many lawyers end up in business, teaching, academic administration, government, or public interest work.  Interesting examples are Wooster graduates Darryl Ward ('79), who previously was President of United Theological Seminary, William Andreen ('75) who teaches environmental law at the University of Alabama Law School, and Jennifer Haverkamp ('79) who is the Director of International Climate Program Environmental Defense Fund