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H.N. Anti-hazing Hero Justin M. Burns in National Law Review

Congratulations to Justin M. Burns, Esq., and thanks for your activism. Moderator Hank Nuwer

A member of Dinsmore’s Litigation Department, Justin regularly draws on his experience as a federal law clerk. Working in a federal court taught him about how judges think through their decisions and the details judges look for in an argument, and he considers those lessons with every brief he writes. He’s experienced in drafting pleadings and motions, attending hearings, drafting memoranda and performing other services for clients.

Prior to joining the firm, Justin served as a judicial clerk (staff attorney) for United States District Judge Brian S. Miller, United States District Court for the Eastern District of Arkansas.  As a federal clerk, Justin was responsible for advising the judge on pending matters before the court, researching and preparing orders addressing all stages of litigation in civil and criminal cases, and interacting with counsel throughout a case’s duration before the court. He developed unique insight into how the judiciary decides cases, how judges make decisions, and how juries react to different forms of advocacy.

Outside of the firm, Justin, who also holds a master’s degree in College Student Personnel, remains committed to higher education. He published a law review article analyzing Ohio’s anti-hazing law in the Akron Law Review in 2015. His volunteerism and advocacy for higher education and the fraternity/sorority experience earned him recognition as the 2016 Hank Nuwer Anti-Hazing Hero Award, an award sponsored by and named in honor of a long-time journalist and author of hazing-related resources. Justin currently serves as a national officer for his fraternity, and he remains involved in working with higher education professionals and college students to promote a positive fraternity experience on college campuses.



By Hank Nuwer

Journalist Hank Nuwer is the Alaska author of Hazing: Destroying Young Lives; Broken Pledges: The Deadly Rite of Hazing, High School Hazing, Wrongs of Passage and The Hazing Reader. He has written articles or columns on hazing for the Sunday Times of India, Toronto Globe & Mail, Harper's Magazine, Orlando Sentinel, The Chronicle of Higher Education and the New York Times Sunday Magazine. His current book is Hazing: Destroying Young Lives from Indiana University Press. He is married to Malgorzata Wroblewska Nuwer of Warsaw, Poland and Fairbanks, Alaska. Nuwer is a former columnist for the Greenville (Ohio)Early Bird and former managing editor of the Fairbanks Daily News-Miner in Alaska.
Nuwer was named the Ohio Society of Professional Journalists columnist of the year in 2021 for his “After Darke” column in the Early Bird. He also won third place for the column in 2022 from the Indiana chapter of the Society of Professional Journalists. He and his wife Gosia, recently of Union City, Ind., have owned 20 acres in Alaska for many years. “The move is a sort-of coming home for us,” said Nuwer. As a journalist, he’s written about the Alaskan Iditarod sled-dog race and other Alaska topics. Read his musings in his blog at Real Alaska Daily-- and in his weekly column "Far from Randolph" in the Winchester Star-Gazette of Randolph County, Indiana.

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