Andria L. Yates, PhD, Principal, Development Concepts; Lecturer, Department of Psychology; Sally Taylor, Peninsula; Jennifer Branch, Gerhardstein & Branch; Tearsa Smith, WATE-TV; Annie Sadler, WATE-TV
Jennifer L. Branch graduated from New York University in 1984 with Honors in Politics. In 1987, she graduated from Case Western Reserve University School of Law cum laude. She began her legal career at the Legal Aid Society of Cincinnati in 1987. Jennifer concentrated her efforts in the areas of housing (keeping poor families from becoming homeless), utilities (advocating for lower rates for poor customers), and prisoner rights. In 1997, Jennifer joined the law firm of LAUFMAN & GERHARDSTEIN which concentrates its practice in civil rights litigation. In 2005 Jennifer became partner in the firm now called GERHARDSTEIN & BRANCH Co. LPA. Jennifer practices civil rights litigation in the areas of race, sex, disability, and sexual orientation discrimination, prisoner civil rights, and reproductive rights.
Jennifer’s litigation experience includes bench trials, jury trials, and administrative hearings in state and federal court, as well as arguing appeals in the Ohio Court of Appeals, Ohio Supreme Court, and Sixth U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals.
Tearsa Smith, WATE-TV Anchor,