We sat down with Anna J. Armao, our intern and a rising 2L of The Ohio State University’s Moritz College of Law, to discuss her time so far with Ohio Legal Help, what she hopes to accomplish, and learn about her hobbies and aspirations.
Ohio Legal Help (OLH): Tell us a little about what your undergraduate degree is in and what led you to law school. What are some of your aspirations?
Anna Armao (AA): I graduated from the University of Cincinnati and studied Business Economics with a minor in Environmental Analysis and Policy. I was interested in going to law school from a young age and did mock trial in high school and loved it. From there, I went the business route in college but always had my eye on going on to law school. My minor also made me interested in pursuing environmental or energy law.
Now that I’m in law school, I feel that it was exactly the right choice. Currently, I’m really interested in public interest law and technology and innovation. I’m also interested in election law which I’m also working on through another internship this summer.
In the future, I would love to continue to combine my interest in data analysis with my law degree and hopefully make an impact. It would be interesting to be involved in the government sector at some point as well.
OLH: How did you learn about Ohio Legal Help? What do you hope to accomplish during your time with OLH?
AA: During the fall of my first year of law school, I was connected with my mentor Sally Bloomfield who sits on the board of Ohio Legal Help. I told her about my background and interests, and she suggested I speak with Susan (Choe) and learn more about Ohio Legal Help. It wound up being the perfect fit and I’m happy to be a part of the team.
During my internship, I am looking forward to learning about the Ohio Legal Help’s court forms creation process. It may be a bit time-consuming and complicated on one end, but the end product is seamless and easy for the user. I think that it is an incredible product and I’m excited to help out with it.
OLH: What do you like to do in your free time?
AA: I love traveling. I just got back from a trip to Maine with friends and it was a great way to celebrate getting vaccinated finally! In general, I love exploring cities and trying out new restaurants. My current favorite restaurant in Columbus is Forno and I try a new pizza every time I go. I also spend a lot of time with my nephew and sister.
OLH: If you could trade places with anyone for a day, who would you choose?
AA: I would choose to trade places with a fiction novelist. There was a period of time where I was really interested in creative writing and I could see myself doing that in another life. I’d love to live on the beach or somewhere inspirational and write a novel. In college, I took a class on creative writing and the environment and my professor, Kristen Iversen, wrote creative literary nonfiction which opened my eyes to a new genre.
OLH: What’s one thing most people don’t know about you?
AA: I was a competitive jump roper up until middle school and was in the Macy’s Thanksgiving Day parade twice . In fact, when my team was in the parade a New York University film student did a short documentary on us being there. My team would do freestyle jump rope routines and we also got to visit Disney World for a competition. I still think jump roping is a fun alternative to running!