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Faculty & Advising
Chairperson for Justice and Safety Programs
B. A. Clemson University, MSCJ Troy University
McCombs chairs the Law Enforcement, Paralegal Studies, Emergency Medical Service, and Fire Science Programs within the Justice and Safety Department. Professionally, he has worked as an Emergency Medical Technician and a Law Enforcement Officer. He has taught many courses that are Criminal Justice related including online courses.
Hakim Ben Adjoua
B.A. from University of Michigan
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, litigation and professional malpractice. He is the faculty advisor for the Student Paralegal Association.
Catherine A. Ritterbusch
B.A. from Marquette University
J.D. from Marquette University Law School
Before joining the faculty at Columbus State, Professor 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.
Once you are a student in the Legal Assisting 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 quarter before registering for classes.
|Last Name Initial||Advisor Name||Phone|
|A -I||Hakim Ben Adjoua||(614) email@example.com|
|J-O||Catherine Ritterbusch||(614) 287-2622||
|P-Z||Thomas Shanahan||(614) firstname.lastname@example.org|
E. Jean Baker
Senior Office Assistant
Jean manages the daily office procedures of the Legal Studies Department and is a tremendous resource for both staff and students. She can be contacted at 614 287-2591, FR 206.