The law firm of Parks and Meade would like to congratulate their Law Clerk, Andrea Lawson, who passed the Ohio Bar Examination on Oct. 25. Lawson will be sworn in on Nov. 12 by the Ohio Supreme Court.
Lawson, who lives in Clintonville, is looking forward to a career in criminal defense, family law and child advocacy. Lawson's experience as clerk at the Franklin County Public Defender's Office sparked her interest in providing critical legal services to indigent individuals.
“Everyone deserves representation,” she said, expanding further on the first-responder type of atmosphere with Criminal Defense and Family Law. “I love it. I discovered in law school that I love the courtroom. I love the energy of it.”
Lawson is a graduate of Capital University Law School, where she received many honors, including Dean's List, the Ackerman-Gemette Endowed Scholarship and the Class of 2009 Law Scholarship.
At Capital, she was president of the Criminal Law Association and Secretary of the ACLU Capital Law Chapter. Additionally, she was secretary of the Women’s Law Association and served as an Advocate on the Child Welfare and Adoption Law Moot Court Team.
A graduate of The Ohio State University, Lawson majored in Women’s studies and German, where she graduated Cum Laude and was on the Dean’s List.
She had initially wanted to be a teacher; however, an early job at a law firm sparked her interest. Lawson said she was drawn to the analytical thinking required to practice law. She also loves policy and how the legal system shapes people and their lives.
“It’s definitely the right path for me,” she said.
When she isn’t working, Lawson likes to travel, hike, spend time outdoors, explore the local restaurant scene and do yoga. Lawson cares deeply about social justice and giving a voice and vigorous legal representation to everyone in the system.
“I want to give a sense of humanity to everyone, every inmate,” she said.
Congrats, Andi! You are going to make an amazing attorney -everyone at Parks and Meade