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Faculty & Advising

Full-Time Faculty

Jay Benedict
Interim Chairperson for Justice and Safety Programs

Jay Benedict chairs the Law Enforcement, Paralegal Studies, Emergency Medical Service, and Fire Science Programs within the Justice and Safety Department.


Hakim Ben Adjoua
B.A. and J.D. from University of Michigan

Attorney Adjoua has practiced law in the areas of litigation, commercial transactions, labor and alternative dispute resolution. He generally teaches Alternative Dispute Resolution, Administrative Law, Business Law, Business Organizations, Computer Assisted Legal Research and Intellectual Property.

Thomas G. Shanahan
B.S. from The Ohio State University
J.D. from Capital University

Prior to coming to Columbus State, Mr. Shanahan engaged in the general practice of law. He teaches Alternative Dispute Resolution, Criminal Law, general practice, and litigation and professional malpractice.

Catherine A. Ritterbusch
B.A. from Marquette University
J.D. from Marquette University Law School

Before joining the faculty at Columbus State, Ms. Ritterbusch chaired the justice department at a four-year college in Wisconsin, and practiced law in a variety of areas, specializing in complex commercial litigation.  She teaches Legal Research and Writing, the legal system, Alternative Dispute Resolution, and litigation. She is the faculty advisor for the Student Paralegal Association.


Academic Advisor

Once you are a student in the Paralegal program, you will be assigned an academic advisor according to your last name initial. Students should consult with their advisor when first entering the program and each semester before registering for classes.

Last Name Initial Advisor Name Phone Email
A -I Hakim Ben Adjoua (614) 287-3822
J-O Catherine Ritterbusch (614) 287-2622

           P-Z                Thomas Shanahan   (614) 287-2623


Trish Haaser
Office Assistant

Trish manages the daily office procedures of the Legal Studies Department. She can be contacted at 614 287-2591, FR 206.