Growing up in a family of lawyers, the legal profession was always on the radar for current CSU Cleveland-Marshall College of Law 3L Hannah Kraus. But it was when Hannah was in the eighth grade that she solidified her decision that law was the path she wanted to pursue. During that school year, Hannah’s social studies class participated in a mock trial with CSU C|M|LAW Hall of Fame JudgeDan Aaron Polster, U.S. District Court for the Northern District of Ohio.
“While all of my friends looked at the project as a hassle and couldn’t wait to get it over with, I enjoyed every second of it,” Hannah said. “I had my dad sit down with me for hours helping me prepare my arguments and truly had so much fun with the project. After that, I knew I wanted to be a lawyer.”
With law school in mind, Hannah would go on to enroll at The Ohio State University where she graduated magna cum laude with a Bachelor of Arts in Psychology and Criminology. Her decision for law school came down to staying at her alma mater or returning to her hometown of Cleveland to attend CSU Cleveland-Marshall, the school her parents (Edward ’86 and Bonnie ’88) each attended and where they met. In the end, the deciding factor was the legal network Hannah could build in the Cleveland area through the resources and extensive alumni network at CSU C|M|LAW. Through two years of her studies, Hannah is extremely pleased with her decision.
“Cleveland-Marshall has given me so many opportunities that I don’t think I could have gotten anywhere else,” Hannah said.
The professional opportunities Hannah has taken advantage of thus far during her time at CSU C|M|LAW include a year as a law clerk with the Cuyahoga County Prosecutor’s Office. She is spending this summer as a summer associate with Kohrman Jackson & Krantz, an area firm with strong CSU C|M|LAW ties that was originally founded by Max Kohrman, a graduate of Cleveland-Marshall’s predecessor, the Cleveland Law School of Baldwin-Wallace College.
A naturally social person, Hannah enjoys the collegial nature of her C|M|LAW classmates and has become highly involved on campus. She has served as Vice President of the school’s Jewish Law Students Association (JLSA), is the Business Editor of the Cleveland State Law Review and is the incoming President of the Student Bar Association. Hannah has always taken on leadership positions, including with the JLSA, Law Review and as Vice President of her College sorority, but never the top role. After having a great experience serving as an SBA Senator last year, she decided it was time to step out of her comfort zone and finally run for President.
Hannah is taking over the top position with CSU C|M|LAW’s SBA from Matthew Wagner ’20 and hopes to continue building on his hard work the past year.
“Matt is so incredibly dedicated to the school and making sure that the students have a voice. I hope to continue with his passion and dedication for making the school a better place and giving students the opportunity to be heard in any and all important decisions,” said Hannah.
In her role with the JLSA, it was important to Hannah to be able to represent the Jewish community at the school and get both Jewish and non-Jewish students involved. Hannah has always placed great importance on Jewish culture and traditions, having started learning Hebrew at the age of five, attending Hebrew school twice a week in high school, minoring in Hebrew in college and traveling to Israel multiple times with various community organizations. After graduating from CSU C|M|LAW and beginning her career, she intends to become involved with the Jewish Federation of Cleveland.