By: Claire Halffield
My name is Claire and I am a rising second year law student at The Ohio State University Moritz College of Law. I graduated from DePauw University with a Bachelors in Communication in 2017, with general honors and honors media distinctions. During my undergraduate studies, I focused my research opportunities on the representation of women and women’s issues in the media. Most notably, I completed and defended a thesis on the portrayal of sexual assault in teen comedy film titled: “She brought it on herself”: A Discourse Analysis of Sexual Assault in Teen Comedy Film.
I am a leader in many areas of my life, so I have a firsthand perspective of the unique challenges women face when serving and leading. Most recently, I was elected President of the Student Bar Association and will be working in this role to represent all students within the College of Law throughout the upcoming year. In my free time, I’m probably practicing my ukulele, baking, doing yoga, or reading. I’m originally from Naperville, IL, but prior to law school I lived in Washington D.C..
I’m really looking forward to my legal research internship for RepresentWomen this summer. The work of this organization is so important, and I’m delighted to be a part of it. A woman shouldn’t have to change who she is to be elected. Rather, it’s the community’s job to create a more fair and inclusive leadership environment where all types of diverse persons--including women--are elected.