Following admission to the bar, Ms. Buchanan was employed in the Madison County Prosecutor’s office where she handled abuse, neglect and dependency cases, as well as municipal and juvenile court prosecutions. After a brief stint in private practice, she joined the school law firm of Means, Bichimer, Burkholder and Baker, and represented school boards throughout Ohio, with a practice focusing on employment, federal civil rights litigation, as well as insurance defense cases. She continued her school law practice until she became in-house counsel for the Cincinnati Insurance Company, Montgomery County office.
Ms. Buchanan retired from practice upon the birth of her first child and went into teaching in underprivileged schools once her younger child became school age. After seeing the daily effect that abuse and neglect has on children, Ms. Buchanan became a Guardian ad Litem to attempt to protect and help other children and families in need. She participated as a Guardian ad Litem in Clark and Champaign Counties from 2004-2007 until she became the attorney for Clark County Department of Job and Family Services in 2007. While acting as the attorney for Children Services, she often participated on behalf of the agency with respect to school disciplinary matters against foster children, to assure that their rights under the IDEA were protected. She continued in this position until 2017, at which time she decided to return to practice as a Guardian ad Litem. She is qualified under Rule 48 of the Rules of Superintendence for the Courts of Ohio to serve as a guardian ad litem. She has also completed training through the Ohio Department of Education which allows her to serve as a parent surrogate for the youth on her caseload who require special education services. Ms. Buchanan joined the Hamilton County Public Defender’s Office on October 2, 2017.