'95, BA, Psychology
Associate, Environmental Practice Group
Shumaker, Loop & Kendrick, LLP
Shared characteristics of psychologists and attorneys include being open-minded, patient, ethical, law-abiding, persevering, and possessing great interpersonal and analytical skills. One alumna who has all these traits and more is Cheri Budzynski.
As she proudly notes, "What is perfect about my job is that I get to combine my love of science with law." An accomplished professional, Cheri's list of achievements has garnered her great respect.
Her primary work deals with matters concerning the Clean Air Act and the Clean Water Act, as well as Solid Waste Regulations.
“Environmental law is like a rolling wheel,” notes Cheri. “The US EPA and Ohio EPA are constantly proposing new regulations that affect industry. These regulations are then challenged by both environmental groups and industry. Under the appeals of these regulations, sometimes the courts uphold them or strike them down and remand them to the agency.
Most people are completely unaware of these appeals because there are very few ‘groundbreaking’ decisions that impact their day to day lives. However, these appeals do have significant impacts on industry in this country and unfortunately, in some cases, American companies have elected to move overseas to avoid the US regulations.”
Cheri is a member of the Toledo Bar Association, Toledo Women’s Bar Association, and the Ohio Boar Association and currently serves as a Social Media Vice Chair for the American Bar Association Section of Environment, Energy, and Resources Air Quality Committee. A published author, her most recent article is “The Legal Basis for the Role of SO2 Modeling in.”