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Being A Lawyer Is Chance to Fight Battles You Believe In

Karla Markley Hall joined the staff of the Ohio Innocence Project three years ago.  Originally from Urbana, Ohio, Hall attended Miami University, where she majored in sociology and minored in social work, before going to law school at Ohio Northern University.  After finishing law school, she came to Cincinnati for a federal judicial clerkship with Judge S. Arthur Spiegel of the United States District Court for the Southern District of Ohio.  After her clerkship, she worked at Helmer, Martins, Rice & Popham, focusing on Federal False Claims Act litigation.  Hall subsequently left that position to serve as chief law clerk for the United States District Court for the Eastern District of Kentucky for Chief Judge William O. Bertelsman.  After her second child was born, she chose to take a break from her law practice.

When her youngest child began school, Hall went back to work—this time with the Ohio Innocence Project.  “I have a social work background, and I was looking for a job I could feel good about and feel like I was making a difference in society,” she said.  “With my background in civil litigation I was not really looking for work in criminal law, but I heard about this opportunity and I was intrigued." Hall officially began her work for the Ohio Innocence Project in January, 2008.

Hall explains that there are many benefits to her job.  “I absolutely love the team environment.  We work on our cases independently, but our cases are such uphill battles that we also pull together to achieve the best results for our clients. Hall also enjoys working with OIP’s clients.  “I’ve met so many inspiring people in this job,” she explained.  She also enjoys being able to choose which cases to work on. “In this job you get to fight the fights you believe in, and you don’t have to fight the ones you don’t.  I don’t have to take on battles that don’t inspire me.”

Written by: Lindsay Mather’11