September 08, 2020

Lisa Diem

Lisa Diem, Commission Member, 2020-2023

Lisa Diem, Commission Member, 2020-2023


Lisa M. Diem is the Assistant Dean of Graduate and Professional Law Programs at Capital University Law School.  In this role, Lisa oversees all non-JD graduate and professional programs at the Law School.  These include the ABA approved Paralegal certificate program, the Master of Legal Studies program, the Master of Taxation program, a Life Care Planning certificate program, and the LL.M. programs.  

Before becoming an assistant dean, Lisa served as the Director of Paralegal Programs from 2015-2018.  In that role, she led the paralegal program through a successful ABA approval site visit as well as a comprehensive curriculum review and redesign of the paralegal program’s substantive curriculum and assessment plan.  She also revitalized the paralegal advisory board and strengthened the program’s connection to the Columbus legal and business community through programs such as the Paralegal Networking Day.  She is involved with the Columbus Bar Association, Paralegal Association of Central Ohio, and serves as a board member “at large” with the Ohio Chapter of ACEDS. Before coming to the Law School, Lisa served as a law clerk to several bankruptcy judges.  She also practiced as a corporate bankruptcy attorney in the Columbus offices of both Kegler, Brown & Thompson Hine.  Lisa maintains strong connections with the local bar and professional community.

Lisa enjoys walking and bike riding.  She loves the beach on the Gulf Coast of Florida.  Lisa and her kitty Harry live in Columbus, Ohio.


I started as a program director at Capital University Law School in 2015.  Soon after, the ABA contacted me to schedule a site visit, and I was fully immersed in the reapproval and site visit process.  My predecessor had submitted the report, but there was so much to do, organize, evaluate, and prepare.  Definitely trial by fire.  I was an experienced attorney and federal law clerk, but brand new to the ABA and higher education.  The site team was very helpful and supportive during their visit.  I could not have asked for a better team of faculty, advisory board members, and Law School administration and support staff to get us ready and see us through the visit.  After that experience, I wanted to give back to other programs. 

Within a year, I called the ABA and asked about volunteering to participate in site visits.  I’ve completed 4 visits since 2016.  Each visit is an opportunity to share ideas, encourage other directors, and learn best practices.  I am honored to serve on the Approval Commission and look forward to working with others on the Commission and at paralegal programs across the country.