The University of Cincinnati’s College of Arts and Sciences has chosen Burg Simpson Ohio shareholder Janet G. Abaray as part of a trio of alumni who’ll be honored at a reception and dinner Oct. 4. The association named Abaray as its 2018 Distinguished Alumna.
This annual event recognizes A&S alumni for their achievements in their professions and impact on the community.
After her nomination, Abaray, a 1979 English Literature graduate, explained, “The skills I learned in studying English literature made law school much easier for me. My undergraduate training to analyze themes in literature applies directly to interpreting case law. In addition, in my daily practice, we must review broad fact patterns to discern the central issues, and then develop a cohesive story to present these facts persuasively to the court and jury. The storytelling, writing and persuasion skills that I learned in my undergraduate English literature studies are all essential to my legal practice.”
Janet G. Abaray is the managing shareholder for the Cincinnati office of Burg Simpson. After she earned her undergraduate degree, Abaray then graduated Order of the Coif from the University of Cincinnati School of Law where she was Business Manager of the Law Review. She’s admitted to practice before the Supreme Court of Ohio, the United States Courts of Appeals for the Third, Sixth, Tenth and Eleventh Circuits and the U.S. Supreme Court.
Additionally, Abaray is one of 20 public members of a commission chosen from more than 300 applicants to consider an update of the Ohio state constitution. Abaray was selected to serve on the Commission by a 12-person, bipartisan group, of six Ohio state representatives and six Ohio state senators. Other public members of the commission include former public office holders, including Governor Robert Taft, as well as judges, professors, attorneys and community leaders.