Karissa Dodge

Recent Law School Graduate
Recent Law School Graduate
  • Cleveland, Columbus, Ohio
  • September 9, 2019

Recent graduate of Case Western Reserve University, School of Law. Former Legal Intern for Milton A. Kramer Law Clinic and Cuyahoga County Court of Common Pleas, Probate Division.

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Juris Doctorate @ Case Western Reserve University School of Law
Sep 2019 — Oct 2019
Successful completion of J.D. (juris doctorate) program, health scholar. Received diploma in May 2019.
Animal Science and Legal Foundations @ Ohio State University
Aug 2012 — May 2016
Bachelors of Science in Animal Science and minor in Legal Foundations of Society.


Volunteer @ Cuyahoga County Common Pleas Court, Recovery Court Docket
Jan 2019 — Apr 2019
•Weekly involvement in specialized court docket, with emphasis on mental health and addiction treatment
• Customize and refine client intake forms
• Assist clients with housing eviction sealing and Ohio BMV Amnesty Initiative applications
Legal Extern @ Milton A. Kramer Law Clinic
Aug 2018 — May 2019
•Direct Representation and systemic advocacy activities in administrative and court proceedings for clients in Social Security disability claims, Guardianships concerning incompetence, and Legal Name Changes • Write and file pre-hearing briefs and motions; file various applications and court forms •Conduct client intake, interview lay witnesses, collect evidence, and prepare clients for hearings •Engage in outreach to community centers/social service agencies and public trainings to identify victims otherwise overlooked in jails, and rehabilitation facilities. Represent not only victims but also those at high risk for victimization
J.D. Student Instructor @ Summer Language and Law Institute, Case Western Reserve University School of Law
Jul 2018 — Aug 2017
• Introduce foreign legal professionals to the practice and study of U.S. law, legal research and analysis
• Improve language skills and comprehension through an integrated English for Legal Purposes program • Inform on helpful vocabulary for appropriately expressing points of view, agreeing and disagreeing
• Foster cultural transition through clarification of social taboos an explanation of privilege in the U.S.
• Promote fluency, broaden and refine social-interpersonal, presentation, and networking event skills
Legal Intern @ Cuyahoga County Common Pleas Court, Probate Division
Jun 2017 — Aug 2017
• Observe and Assist Judges and Magistrates with hearings and trials
• Shadowing experience in all main departments
• Interact with the public by taking in applications and accounts
• Familiarize self with all processes and aspects of estate administration, release of assets, name changes, will contests, trust contests, concealment of assets, and guardianships
• Assist the Judges, Magistrates, and staff attorneys by performing legal research, drafting legal memoranda, and providing case law updates
• Gain practical legal experience in drafting opinions, judgment entries, and decisions upon request
Volunteer @ Legal Aid, Brief Advice Clinics
Jan 2017 — Apr 2019
• Consult with community members and assist volunteer attorneys in a variety of civil legal problems

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