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Spotlight on Legal Advocate Masha Ciampittiello

Published January 6, 2018

Congratulations to FSU Art History alumnus Masha Ciampittiello (BA 2012), who recently accepted a position as Assistant General Counsel for the Florida League of Cities, an advocacy organization dedicated to the interests of local municipal government.

Masha graduated summa cum laude from FSU in 2012 with a BA in Art History and a minor in Museum Studies. She obtained her Juris Doctorate, cum laude, from the University of Miami School of Law in 2016 and began her career in civil defense law, actively defending doctors, hospitals, and health care providers in complex medical malpractice actions. Formerly, she served as legal clerk to the Honorable Judge Barbara Lagoa at the Third District Court of Appeal for the State of Florida and legal clerk to the Honorable Justice Peggy A. Quince at the Florida Supreme Court.

During her time at FSU, Masha focused her studies on ancient Roman, Southern Renaissance/Baroque, and mid-twentieth century socio-political propaganda art with a side focus in Latin language studies. She completed an independent study and honors-in-the-major thesis, “E42: Architecture and the Visual Culture of Fascist Italy,” which explored Italian fascist architecture’s aesthetic references to Roman antiquity and the Renaissance. Masha’s thesis research allowed her to develop the strong research and writing skills she would later use in law school.

My pursuit of art history studies greatly contributed to my professional development because it provided me with the perfect creative and analytical foundation for legal studies. Law allowed me to exercise the same critical examination I used in my art historical research. Although I initially wanted to pursue a career in art historical scholarship, I realized an understanding of the legal mechanisms involved with the acquisition, lending, disposition, and litigation of art works would allow me to make a greater impact on the field by being able to affect the fate of art works endangered by art thefts and systematic destruction.

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