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Anna R. Ziegler ('97)

Anna R. Ziegler ('97)

1. Basic Information:

Name: Anna R. Ziegler
Title: Attorney
Organization: Ziegler and Ziegler, LC
City: Hinton State: WV Country: USA

2. Educational Record:

At Marietta College:
Graduation Year: 1997
Major(s): Environmental Sciences
Minor(s): Geology
Certificate(s): Leadership
Honors/Awards: Dean’s List, Dean’s High Honor List, Alpha Lambda Delta

Degrees after Marietta College:
Area of Study: Law
College/University: University of Montana School of Law
Graduation Year: 2005
Honors/Awards: Certification in Environmental Law

3. Describe your organization and what you do in this organization (job responsibilities, recent projects, work environment).

My father and I have a law firm in a small town in rural southern West Virginia. We are a small firm by most standards, yet the largest firm in our entire county. Ziegler and Ziegler is a general practice emphasizing real estate, property litigation, estate planning, probate and local government law.

My own personal area of interest is land use planning. During college and my first year of law school, I wanted to practice environmental law. I quickly learned that suing the federal government to enforce environmental regulations was not for me. However, working with communities to protect and emphasis local assets and quality of life was much more my calling. Since law school, I have undertaken the task of drafting the first ever Comprehensive Land Use Plan for my county.

4. Briefly discuss how "leadership" plays a role in your professional field.

Living and working in a small community often means my actions and decisions are in the public spotlight. The most obvious leadership role I have is that of attorney and counselor. Most people interact with an attorney only during life changing events or times of great turmoil. My job is literally to lead them in the right direction. I may have an elderly client who is concerned that the children he is dependant on are taking advantage of him. Or I may have young couple trying to buy their first home and who rely on me to advise them about contract negotiations or lending opportunities. Many of my clients count on me to preserve their hard-earned assets for their children and grandchildren. My client may be a local government concerned about wireless communication towers ruining the scenic views. Regardless of who my clients are or what problems they may face, they each trust me to provide competent advice in a professional manner.

Summers County , West Virginia , has an aging population and is faced with the dilemma of how to attract and retain young, educated citizens. I am one of only a few local people in my generation who left home for higher-education opportunities and then returned to my hometown. As such, I am routinely invited to participate in community economic development forums, spearhead local projects, and present to schoolchildren and government officials on a wide variety of economic development and growth management topics. I serve on several boards of directors for non-profit organizations such as National Committee for the New River and our local humane society.

5. Briefly discuss how the McDonough Leadership Program prepared you for this professional field and leadership challenges.

The McDonough Leadership Program really provided me with problem-solving skills. Perhaps the best lessons learned as a student of the McDonough Program were those that taught me not only how to think outside the box but how to make my thoughts count. The other most-valuable-lesson learned through the McDLP was the value of other people’s input. Sometimes the best leaders are those who follow.

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