Casie Hollis is an attorney in the Dayton, Ohio office of the law firm Taft Stettinius & Hollister LLP. She works in the firm’s government contracts practice group which is dedicated to helping companies do business with the federal government as well as state and local governments. She received her J.D. from the University of Dayton in 2008, graduating cum laude.
IN WHAT WAYS DID YOUR EDUCATION IN THE ASHBROOK SCHOLAR PROGRAM PREPARE YOU FOR YOUR CAREER?
I think the Ashbrook Scholar Program gave me a head start in my legal career in that I had learned how to speak, think, and write effectively and logically before I even got to law school. With those tools, you can do anything you want to do in life.
In my capacity as a lawyer, I don’t get to talk about Lincoln or the Federalist Papers very often. But learning how to think logically — not just learning what to think — is like being taught how to fish instead of being given a fish. The Ashbrook education and experience opened my mind and helped me to succeed in law school, in my legal career, and in other aspects of my life. The experiences I had in the Ashbrook Scholar Program were a significant part of making me who I am today. Having substantive knowledge of political science and history, as well as contemporary political events, is an asset that prepared me to not only be a better lawyer but also a better citizen.
HOW DID YOUR INTERNSHIP EXPERIENCE AFFECT YOUR EDUCATION?
I interned with the Institute for United States Studies in London, England in the summer of 2001. I spent an entire summer there, taking a law class at the London School of Economics and traveling around England, Wales, Scotland, and France. It was a life-changing experience. I met Margaret Thatcher twice, regularly visited significant historical sites, and made friends from around the world. Some of my happiest moments were just reading a classic book while people-watching in a park with a baguette or evenings of animated political conversations in the dorm where I lived. I cannot express how thankful I am for the opportunity that the Ashbrook Scholar Program provided me.