8th grade term paper leads to law career

CONTACT: Kenneth A. Brown, OSBA, 800-282-6556 or 614-487-4426

Columbus, OHIO (May 27, 2010) – Amy Mass credits research for an eighth grade term paper for leading to her career in law. When her eighth grade research assignment piqued an interest in the criminal justice system, Mass initially thought she would like to be a prosecutor and learning about politics and government during high school led to thoughts of a political career. Mass’s belief that law school would be good preparation for either field naturally followed. She now serves as in-house counsel for The Hanover Insurance Group.
While attending Connecticut College, Mass majored in political science and minored in psychology and sociology. Student government involvement cured her desire to run for office in the real world, but gave sustenance to her thought of becoming an attorney.
Though Mass grew up in Columbus, she admits that she did not appreciate the prestige of The Ohio State University (OSU) Moritz College of Law until she attended Connecticut College for her bachelor’s degree. Mass’s Connecticut College advisor told Mass she would be foolish not to consider OSU. After having received her B.A., cum laude, in 1992, she returned to Columbus, and earned her law degree from Moritz in 1995.
Mass joined the Ohio State Bar Association (OSBA) right after being sworn into the bar, but it was not until Mass joined her current employer that she became an active member. She joined the OSBA Insurance Staff Counsel Committee and has chaired the committee since 2008.
Mass also serves on the board of trustees for the Ohio Association of Civil Trial Attorneys, as well as the Corporate Counsel, ADR and Women in the Courtroom Steering Committees for the Defense Research Institute, and the Dispute Resolution Committee of the American Bar Association (ABA). She also works with her college alumnae association and with the American Youth Foundation.
Mass has worked primarily in the area of insurance defense law. She has served as a trial attorney and managing attorney of the Ohio and Indiana legal offices of The Hanover Insurance Group since 2003, defending businesses and individuals in high-exposure cases. Most recently she has begun to concentrate on insurance issues related to schools and human services and currently serves as national counsel for schools and specialty lines. She loves learning from her mentors and peers and finds sharing her experiences with other lawyers to be energizing and fulfilling. She also enjoys teaching others about dispute resolution, her passion, and is a frequent lecturer for continuing legal education programs and other professional events. An adjunct professor at Capital University Law School, Mass teaches negotiation and mediation skills. “You really learn a lot when you teach something to someone else and work with a team to accomplish a common set of goals.” Mass reports that she gets excited about working with students who are enthusiastic about embarking on a legal career.
Mass says of the future of the legal profession, “The challenge will be to maintain the standards of excellence in client service, intellectual rigor and professional judgment in a society that demands more from us in less time and with fewer resources. Like every profession, the pace of the legal practice has quickened exponentially. The challenge for lawyers will be to balance the conflicting needs of a changing society in a way that is both efficient and responsible to both our clients and to the intellectual demands of the legal profession.”
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.
EDITORS NOTE: Mass’s residence zip code is 43221. For a photo, please contact Stephanie Beougher at 614-487-4415 or sbeougher@ohiobar.org.



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