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Danielle Lusardo Schantz


Danielle Lusardo Schantz is a new associate at McGown & Markling, which is a statewide law firm representing public entities, officials, and employees throughout Ohio in diverse practice areas. Danielle most recently was a member of the University of Akron School of Law faculty teaching legal writing and research classes. Danielle was invited to join the faculty after graduating summa cum laude from Akron Law in 2019 and serving as Editor in Chief of the Akron Law Review.

Danielle had externships with three different judges during law school including Judge Julie Schafer at the Court of Appeals of Ohio, Judge Solomon Oliver at the U.S. District Court, and Chief Justice Maureen O’Connor at the Ohio Supreme Court.

Before attending law school, Danielle had a successful career in Student Affairs. She was the Director of Residence Life at the College of Wooster where she was responsible for the management of the residential campus. She also held roles in Safety & Security Access Control, Campus Accreditation, and New Student Orientation. In all of these roles she worked collaboratively with campus constituencies to provide for the educational and co-curricular student experience.

Danielle and her husband, Peter, have two wonderful sons. They are an inter-racial family with both biological and adopted children. The boys are very involved with sports including ice hockey, travel basketball, travel baseball, and flag football. Danielle and Peter enjoy attending the boys’ many sporting events and watching (mostly superhero) movies together. Danielle grew up in Cleveland and Peter grew up in Orrville, so they enjoy spending time with their extended family in the state.

Along with being a part of a busy law firm, Danielle is involved with several community organizations. She chairs committees at the Unitarian Universalist Congregation of Wayne County, the family’s spiritual home. She is also a member of the Wooster/Orrville NAACP and Kiwanis Club of Wooster. Danielle is involved with the local Wooster City School District, serving on the District’s Diversity Committee and as Chair of the Cornerstone PlayLab Project. The PlayLab is a new play and outdoor educational space that Danielle and two other Cornerstone parents researched, designed, and funded through private community donations. The PlayLab opened the summer of 2016 and is located at Wooster largest and most economically diverse elementary school.


Schantz, Danielle Lusardo (2017) “Access to Justice: Impact of Twombly & Iqbal on State Court Systems,” Akron Law Review: Vol. 51 : Iss. 3, Article 12.
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Educational Background

  • Baldwin Wallace (College) University
    Bachelor of Arts in Political Science and Sociology, Summa Cum Laude 1998
  • Loyola University of Chicago
    Masters of Education in Higher Education Administrator, 2001
  • University of Akron School of Law
    Juris Doctorate, Summa Cum Laude 2019

Public/Professional/Civic Memberships

  • Ohio Bar Association
  • Akron Bar Association
  • Wayne County Bar Association
  • Unitarian Universalist Congregation of Wayne County
  • Wooster/Orrville NAACP
  • Kiwanis Club of Wooster
  • Wooster City School District Diversity Taskforce
  • Wooster City School District PlayLab Project

Bar Admissions

  • The Ohio Supreme Court