Samantha A. Vajskop
Sam Vajskop assists school boards with prosecuting and defending civil lawsuits, drafting contracts, complying with special education requirements, real property tax valuation cases, and general school law matters. Sam previously worked as an associate at a consumer rights firm, where her practice included representing clients against construction companies, handling employment law matters, and arguing appeals.
Sam is a proud graduate of Ashland University, where she was a member of the Ashbrook Scholar Program. As part of the Ashbrook Program Sam authored and defended her undergraduate thesis, Elena’s War: Russian Women in Combat, explored Soviet women’s involvement in World War II and received the Charles E. Parton Award for Outstanding Thesis. She graduated magna cum laude with a Bachelor of Arts in History and Political Science.
Sam received her J.D. from Cleveland-Marshall College of Law, where she also graduated magna cum laude. During law school, Sam served as Vice-Chair of the Law School’s Moot Court Team, where she competed on a team that argued appeals to a mock Supreme Court.
In her free time, Sam enjoys spending time with her nephews, getting lost in a good book, and volunteering at a local hospice.
United States District Court, Northern District of Ohio
United States District Court, Southern District of Ohio
Ohio local and state courts
Professional & Civic Organizations/Activities
Ohio State Bar Association
Cleveland Metropolitan Bar Association
Ohio Council of School Board Attorneys
J.D., magna cum laude, Cleveland-Marshall College of Law
B.A., magna cum laude, History and Political Science, Ashland University
Selected Presentations & Published Works
“Take It Or Leave It: Managing Employee Leave Requests and Issues” – OASBO
“Know the Ground Rules: Understanding the Meaning of FAPE” – Special Education Seminar
“Ohio Sunshine Law: Online, In-Person, and Out of Trouble”; School Law Update Seminar
“Independent Educational Evaluations”; Special Education Seminar
“The Power of the PR-01“; Special Education Seminar
“Dealing with Drugs: Policy and Testing for Students and Employees“; School Law Update Seminar
“Civil Rights and Wrongs: Practical Tips for Navigating Discrimination Issues”; School Law Update Seminar