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Faculty & Advising

Full-Time Faculty

Thomas A. Habegger, Dean of Health and Human Services Division
Interim Chairperson for Justice and Safety Programs

Dr. Habegger is filling in as temporary chair for the Criminal Justice, Paralegal Studies, Emergency Medical Service, and Fire Science Programs within the Justice and Safety Department until our new chair begins his position in June 2015..


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 adviser for the Student Paralegal Association.


Academic Adviser

Once you are a student in the Paralegal program, you will enjoy professional academic advising from the Health and Human Services Division advisers located in Union Hall, room 427. Students should consult with these advisers when first entering the program and each subsequent semester before registering for classes. Please contact them for an appointment at 


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.