SBA President Erin Moosbrugger ’10 Enjoys Leading Out in Law School Programs
In her three years at the University of Cincinnati’s College of Law, the Class of 2010’s Erin Moosbrugger has made a significant impact on the law school community. Born and reared in Dayton, Ohio, Moosbrugger graduated from the University of Dayton with a degree in French and International Studies with a concentration in Human Rights. Right after getting her undergraduate degree, Moosbrugger came to law school at UC.
Since arriving at UC Law, Moosbrugger has been very active in the law school community. After being involved with the Student Bar Association during her first two years in various roles, she currently serves as the president of the organization. Moosbrugger described her position with SBA as having three important aspects. First, the organization serves as an “umbrella” organization for all of the other student organizations, and in that capacity allots funds to those organizations to ensure the school community has as many opportunities for student involvement as possible. Second, noted Moosbrugger, SBA has a distinct communications role. “SBA serves to facilitate communication between and among the student leaders and organizations, as well as the faculty and administration of the law school.” Finally, SBA’s third role involves helping students combat the craziness of law school. Moosbrugger said the SBA helps “to help keep students sane” while in law school by providing many out-of-classroom activities where they can relax and blow off steam.
Law Alumni Association Connects Students With the Future
In addition to leading the SBA, Moosbrugger is also the law student representative to the University of Cincinnati Law School Alumni Association. (A 3L is a contributing member of the Association board, helping to make connections between students and alumni.) “The Association does a lot in terms of bringing together UC Law alumni by providing activities and helping people keep in touch,” she explained. “It also helps bridge the gap between current UC Law students and alumni, and provides activities and avenues for communication between students and practitioners.”
Moosbrugger described her role on the Association board as an informative one, in which the other board members defer to her when there are questions about the law school, students’ likes/dislikes, and opinions. They also utilize her judgment on what the Association could do differently or improve upon to make the connection stronger. “I was really surprised by how much they really did want to hear from me about what was going on at the school,” Moosbrugger commented. “I expected to have more of an ‘observation-type’ role; but the organization was really interested in hearing from me about what was going on at the law school and about my ideas for improvements and for the future.” Moosbrugger also pointed out that, in perhaps one of its most appreciated activities, the Association is responsible for filling the students’ mailboxes with candy bars around finals time each semester!
Active Participation Key to Professional Growth
In addition to these roles, Moosbrugger is involved in other facets of the UC Law community. She is the business manager for the UC Law Review, and she is also a member of Student Ambassadors, the student representative organization of the Office of Admissions and Financial Aid. Student ambassadors help to foster positive images of the school, while educating others about our faculty, academics, student life, and student body. Moosbrugger also serves as the associate managing editor of the Human Rights Quarterly through the Urban Morgan Institute for Human Rights. “Originally, I came to UC Law because of my interest in human rights; it led me to the Urban Morgan Institute,” she said. Today, she is currently a fellow. In her role as associate managing editor, she has the opportunity to edit the articles chosen for publication. This, she said, has really helped her grow, professionally. “Editing other academics’ work has really helped me improve my own writing,” she noted.
After graduation from law school, Moosbrugger hopes to work in a public interest field that, ideally, is in some form related to human rights. “I want to give back to the community and help people who have less of a voice,” she said. “Whether I can do that by working at Legal Aid, or as a defense attorney, or some other role, I’m not sure yet; but I know that I want to serve in a capacity in which I will be helping others.”