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Meet Law Review’s Managing Editor Matthew Wagner ‘12

Matthew Wagner ’12 applied for a position on Law Review because he thought the experience would help his research and writing skills. Sure enough it has – “immensely,” he said. “Those skills are extremely important to practice, and if I hadn’t been on Law Review, I wouldn’t have had as much of a chance to improve those skills after 1L year,” Wagner said.

After working as an associate editor in 2009-10, Wagner is currently the Law Review’s managing editor, which largely consists of selecting the lead articles the staff publishes. These pieces are typically submitted by professors and practicing attorneys.

While Wagner said topic selection was the most difficult aspect of being on the staff as a 2L, he has embraced the opportunity, as a 3L, to review others’ articles. “I enjoy reading the different article submissions and seeing people’s ideas for how the law in a given area is evolving and learning more about different areas of law,” Wagner said. He has also enjoyed getting to know the other members of the Law Review staff, people he might not have had an opportunity to meet otherwise, he said.

In addition to his Law Review position, Wagner is also the chair of the Honor Council this year and has been involved with Out & Allies.

Wagner came to the College of Law after working a number of jobs, including a five-year stint at F+W Media, a publishing company at which he was involved with book production, purchasing, and logistics. “Since the publishing industry is imploding, it seemed like a good time to switch careers,” said Wagner, who had seen several of his friends graduate from law school straight from undergrad.

Wagner, who was born in Washington but moved east to Louisville at a young age, ended up in Cincinnati when he enrolled at Xavier University. He graduated from Xavier in 2001, where he was an English major and Theater minor. Wagner has been in the Queen City ever since. “I wanted to stay in Cincinnati if possible,” he said, when asked about his choice to attend the College of Law. “My wife’s family is here and my family is close by.”

In his free time, Wagner enjoys reading, playing video games, watching football, and simply socializing. But music, especially, is Wagner’s true pastime, and he writes music and also plays in a band. “I’ve been playing music my whole life – saxophone when I was younger and then guitar. It helps keep me sane,” he said.

Upon graduation and ultimately passing the Ohio Bar, Wagner will be working in the Labor & Employment group at the downtown office of Frost Brown Todd.

By Jordan Cohen, ‘13