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Todd Wurzbacher Fulfills 25-Year Dream as First Year Law Student

For first-year law student Todd Wurzbacher, going to law school had been a dream of his for nearly 25 years.

Wurzbacher grew up in Cincinnati and attended Thomas More College before embarking on a career path that has ranged from work in the start-up world, to a four-year stint as a city councilman in Mason, Ohio, in the mid-2000s—a part of his life that he’s quick to downplay, calling it all “political stuff.” He says he’s also spent a lot of time doing lobbying work, along with some venture capital work and running his own consulting agency.

Since last February, however, Wurzbacher—through a company called Elevation Industries—has been focusing on finding employment solutions for individuals with a criminal record, or, “hard-to-hire individuals,” he explained. Wurzbacher said his work with Elevation has had an affect on his areas of interest in law school.

“Originally, for the last several years when I thought about law school, I really wanted to go do international type work. But, as I’ve gotten more involved in reentry work and prison work, it’s kind of shifted my focus a little bit on criminal justice issues and things of that nature,” said Wurzbacher. “Hopefully I’ll take everything that I learn in law school and use it in Elevation. That’s kind of the master plan.”

Aside from balancing his course load at the law school and his work with Elevation, Wurzbacher is also busy parenting five children.

“It’s tough trying to balance time with that kind of course load,” he said. “But the staff has been fantastic, the administrative staff has been great, the teachers have been wonderful—they definitely worked really to hard to understand the stuff I have going on outside of work.”

Even still, downtime seems like a foreign concept to Wurzbacher.

“Early in the semester, there were students coming into the lunchroom eating lunch. And I’m in the lunchroom running payroll, signing checks and doing all that kind of stuff,” he explained. “And at one point, I had three guys who had an interview—we were trying to place them in a company, and they didn’t have a way to get there. So, in between classes, I’m running these guys—two ex-convicts and a former pimp—down to the interview and I’m thinking, ‘Man, I didn’t think my life was going to look like this.’”

And, for Wurzbacher, it’s all “incredibly rewarding.”

Author: Nick Ruma, Communication Intern