CONTACT: Kenneth A. Brown, OSBA, 800-282-6556 or 614-487-4426
Columbus, OHIO (Oct. 30, 2013) – Third-year Capital University law student Tara Steiner will enhance her legal education through an internship with the American Academy of Adoption Attorneys (AAAA). Steiner already knows something about the challenges associated with adoption and foster care. Before becoming a law student, she had a career as a social worker in Hawaii with adoptive families, foster youth and sexually abused children. It was her passion for serving this population that fueled her decision to become a lawyer. The internship will allow her to combine her real-world experience and her legal training.
“All of the children I worked with have been involved with the legal system at some point in their lives,” she said. “These children inspired me to combine my social work skills with knowledge of the law to give them the most beneficial services possible.”
The American Academy of Adoption Attorneys is a national association that specializes in adoption law. Its mission is to improve adoption laws in the United States. The first of several projects Steiner will complete for the AAAA involves researching the putative father registries in each state. Steiner hopes this internship will help her prepare for a career in adoption law and child advocacy.
“I chose to attend law school because I love to help people,” Steiner said. “I want to be able to effectively facilitate change and make a difference.”
Steiner’s current internship with the AAAA is not the only extracurricular experience she has sought as a law student to pursue her passion. During her summers at Capital, she has completed externships with Franklin County Children Services, the domestic relations and juvenile judges of the Franklin County Court of Common Pleas and the Crime Victims Services Section of the Ohio Attorney General’s Office. She also completed 200 hours of service in a variety of roles for the National Center for Adoption Law and Policy, and was awarded the Center’s Adoption and Child Welfare Law Fellowship for her efforts.
Originally from Pittsburgh, Pa., Steiner earned her undergraduate degree from the University of South Carolina at Columbia and her master’s degree in social work from Hawaii Pacific University. She was attracted to Capital University Law School because it offers a wide variety of adoption law and child welfare courses and because it operates the National Center for Adoption Law and Policy.
The Ohio State Bar Association, founded in 1880, is a voluntary association representing approximately 25,000 members of the bench and bar of Ohio as well as nearly 4,000 legal assistants and law students. Through its activities and the activities of its related organizations, the OSBA serves both its members and the public by promoting the highest standards in the practice of law and the administration of justice.