May 242011
 

Over the weekend, I graduated from law school: the University of New Hampshire School of Law (Franklin Pierce Center for Intellectual Property). It was surreal to finally be at the end of the road, but at the same time it felt like a long time coming. The day was really nice. Some interesting highlights:

  • The most common greeting from law school peers friends whom I hadn’t seen for a while was “Congratulations.” This was interesting to me because normally you don’t get congratulated by people who did the same congratulatory work alongside you.
  • I saw Laurence Tribe, whose legal theory of constitutional law I studied my 1L year. This brought back memories of reading Justice Scalia verbally brawling with Tribe in “A Matter of Interpretation.”
  • When I was walking up to get my diploma, I tripped and fell flat on my face. Just kidding. But I did picture myself doing it immediately before.

But again, the ceremony went by very nicely. It was actually very inspirational. One of the professors, Chuck Temple, said that we should remember how we feel right now because it doesn’t get much better. I have learned a lot by going to law school so I wanted to put it down. I have accordingly compiled a top 10 list.

10. Some of the mandatory classes surprise you with how interesting they are. Every law school is different in making classes mandatory, each trying to most effectively prepare their students to be ready for the bar and subsequent practice, but most schools have some mandatory courses in common. I was surprised at how much I enjoyed Criminal Procedure. I will probably never practice in Criminal Procedure or other interesting areas, but the unexpectedly good classes definitely broadened my horizons.

9. You can’t force learning. I am a very determined individual who regularly puts mind over matter. This is useful at the gym, doing household chores, staying up late, and even learning, but with learning it has its limitations. Because law school includes so much reading material and so many things to do at any given time, there comes a point where you have to give your poor burnt-out brain a rest. Anything you do after this critical point of what I call burnt-out brain syndrome (BOBS) is counter-productive on your learning. I really wish I had known this my 1L year!

8. You can train your brain to find material interesting. Part I. If you’re anything like me, the interesting topics are easy to study for, and the boring topics are more difficult. This relates to reading comprehension, outlining, and writing papers. You have to give up a lot of pleasurable things during law school so if a topic can become interesting, it turns into a pleasurable thing, which means that you don’t have to [something you enjoy doing] because you’ve got [an area of law you are studying]. Thus the process of becoming a law school geek begins. It may not be possible for someone without much world experience to find every area of law interesting, but you can at least try. I found that spending a lot of time in an area that at first is not very interesting does a world of good. It raises questions that you can talk to the professor about. This is a double win situation because it puts you on good terms with your professor and even boosts your grade if your professor factors in participation points. I trained myself to find Civil Procedure interesting in large part for this very reason.

7. You can train your brain to find material interesting. Part II. If you have time to do this, write about the topic. Writing about topics is a good idea for many reasons. It allows you to digest the material and organize your understanding. It also highlights things that you do not understand. But most importantly, it gives you a reason to find the area of law interesting. To truly make it interesting for me involved posting content to the Internet. I loved creating Wikipedia entries on certain topics or creating blog posts because it was a source of pride in knowing that I was becoming knowledgeable in a niche area that relatively few have expertise in. Posting online can also hold you accountable to the entire world who will be reading your content and evaluating its accuracy. You can get carried away writing online, so I would do it in moderation of course–only if you have time.

6. Be open to different career options than you had before law school. I thought it would be much more job applicant-friendly in getting a job after law school . Keep in mind that I first applied to schools in 2007, when unemployment was still very low, the economy running relatively well, and the big law firm was doing as well as ever. I thought I would have so many options upon graduation with employers trying to fit themselves to me. Upon graduation, there is a very different reality that includes me trying to fit myself to employers. I’ve found it useful in my job search to be open to different job opportunities. The reality of today’s economy is that finding entry-level jobs doing what you want to do is very difficult. So I have tried to be patient and flexible in knowing that maybe my dream occupation can be delayed as I gain more skills, but I will get there eventually.

5. Understand the importance of money in a job. When I was in college, I didn’t necessarily enjoy computer programming. However, there was a time when I needed money fairly desperately and I found that computer programming paid very well. With that mindset, I liked the programming a lot more. This same concept hit me over the head in law school. As my proverbial back is against the wall with student loans, I am understanding that I may need to do some work that I wasn’t that interested in doing in law school, but that will endow me with skills that I can beef my resume up and use at a later time.

4. Don’t burn bridges with people. I had to do an interview with a practicing attorney my 2L year and he gave me this piece of advice: “Identify all the crazy people, and avoid them at all costs.” The reality is that people around you are great. I met a lot of wonderful people at law school. I loved study groups with those going through what I was going through. A lot of the networking opportunities are from the people you rub shoulders with in law school. In addition to the profound advice above, I would add to be respectful, helpful, and professional with your law school connections because you may get others to return the favor.

3. The law community effectively utilizes social media and it’s a good idea to use it too. From blogs, to twitter and linkedin, I am glad that I was able to tap into this. This may not be everyone’s thing, but it definitely was mine. You would think that a relatively inexperienced and unexposed law student would not get that much feedback from a blog, but I did so much that I consider the blogosphere one of my mentors. I have had countless helpful comments on my blog, responses from comments on others’ blogs, emails from practicing practitioners, and even phone calls from distant areas of the country. My experience is that people want to help aspiring lawyers. Try and tap into this.

2. There are so many different things to busy yourself with, so many classes. Focus not necessarily on the things that you enjoy the most, but the things that will help you find a job. For instance, I really like research, but I’m not going into academia. At least not any time soon. Also, I thought patent prosecution is really interesting, but with my background, very few firms in the Boston area are looking to hire someone like me. It turns out that patent prosecution firms in biotech really like advanced degrees.

1. Skills that you pick up in law school cross apply to other areas of life in very unexpected ways. I was a TA for legal writing and also an editor on IDEA: The Intellectual Property Law Review. These experiences that often included monotonous routines made me very good at picking out punctuation that was out of place. For instance, you may not realize that commas look different when they are italicized. After spending a lot of time editing for myself and others at law school, I’ve noticed that I am pretty good at spotting coins on the street. In both editing and money-finding, the ability to perceive very specific and detailed information is crucial.

 

 Posted by at 11:37 am
May 172011
 

If you’ve never watched Shark Tank, I highly recommend it even if reality TV is not your thing. On the show, different entrepreneurs take their turns to get in front of a group of five sharks, high-profile investors. The entrepreneur then gives a business presentation and offers a stake in the company for a certain amount of money. The sharks are not nice people and will only invest in the idea if they think they will get money out of it. A shark can accept the offer or make a counter offer. As you can imagine, many of these businesses involve IP as a major component of the business. I have found that this intangible component is often the most important component to value, however it is often egregiously simplified. For instance, one of the more recent episodes really highlighted this simplistic determination approach in the worth of a firefighter’s patent.

In last weeks’ episode (8), a firefighter presented a hose fastener that is the world’s fastest way of attaching to a hydrant. The sharks were not too interested until he presented another device that hooks on to a hose. Then some eyebrows were really raised. Both were protected under his “patent.” (While he made this claim, I looked up his patent and it is only in the application stage, being filed April of 2010 under patent application number 12661780) The firefighter initially requested 500k for 40% equity in his company. Keep in mind that he had only received purchase orders and no licenses to use the patent.

Mark Cuban immediately threw him a tempting offer. For $1.25M, Cuban would get 100% of the company, hire the firefighter for 3 years at $100k, and give him a royalty on all sales. The firefighter accepted the offer after a little finagling with another shark. The firefighter then walked out the room grinning ear to ear. I don’t know what will happen with this deal. Maybe the show will showcase the developments in a future episode, but there’s a good chance that Cuban got handled because he and the others weren’t asking the right questions.

Every one of the sharks knew (or should have known) that the patent was key to this business. Other than the patent, his business had very little (little or no name recognition, little business). The invention couldn’t be kept as a trade secret as it could be easily reverse-engineered. Without a patent protecting his invention, one of the established hose companies would easily swoop in and copy his idea. So when Cuban offered over a million and a half he was basically buying the firefighter’s patent. Why weren’t any of the questions addressed to the strength of his patent? It beats me. The patent hasn’t even issued yet. There is no protection at this stage because the claims have not cleared novelty, obviousness and 112 requirements. It’s possible that the claims will not pass the patentability threshold at all. Maybe the patentee will have to narrow the claims for patentability-sake. But the more narrow the patent becomes, the less it protects another company from coming in and working around it. Finally, assuming the patent does issue, who is to know that the patent when issued won’t be vulnerable to invalidity. These are all considerations to make when looking at the value of a patent. It should entail thoughtful and deliberate research of the specification, the claims, and the prior art. He could have had one of the strongest patents ever issued. But he also could have had a garbage patent. I just thought it was funny how once the firefighter said that he had a patent, the sharks all gave him the benefit of the doubt that he had a great patent.

I’m not saying that Shark Tank is unrealistic because of the simplification of patent valuation. More likely than anything, it shows what happens when business people assess business deals. They may get caught up in the glamor of the invention and the excitement of the technology without looking deeper into what the particular patent protects. This is risky, especially when the business is the patent. In order to make a correct valuation, the nuts and bolts of the patents must be assessed to see how much the business is really worth.

 Posted by at 10:37 am
May 112011
 

I have been closely monitoring cases before the Board of Patent Appeals and Interferences since June 28, when the Supreme Court decided Bilski. The Board has been on fire, deciding 183 cases that deal with the merits of subject matter patent-eligibility. And many of these decisions were Board-initiated. I decided to look at the preambles of the claims at issue (or representative claims) to get a sense of how big of a factor the preamble plays. The preamble, the short introductory phrase that frames the context of the claim, is comparable to the subject in a typical English sentence. I found that the preamble does not have that big of an effect on whether the claim is statutory or not because a more important factor is what is included in the specification. For instance, the preamble “computer readable medium” can be statutorily OK if the specification limits this to not include a signal. Otherwise, the broadest reasonable interpretation standard is used and the claim falls outside the statutory subject matter. Furthermore, preambles are often narrowed in the body of the claim. For instance, “an article of manufacture” seems pretty broad, but “an article of manufacture comprising: a computer readable medium” could be patent-eligible subject matter.

I have included preambles from all 183 cases. I have divided up the claims into those that the Board held were non-statutory and those that were statutory (reversing the examiner). There are about three times as many non-statutory claims as statutory. For more information regarding these preambles, like the case they came from, the full claim, the citation to the decision, or the application number, please email me and I would be happy to provide you that information. It is simply too much to publish in one blog post.

Non-statutory preambles Statutory preambles
In control framework having a plurality of nodes, a subset of said plurality of nodes associated with a displayed portion of a graphical user interface (GUI), a method for tracking said plurality of nodes A data processing system to search for Web pages within a Web site
A computer program product for installing at least one file onto a data processing system A system for performing query operations
A method for verifying accuracy of a component that is implemented from a model A program product
A computer implemented system for detecting memory management antipatterns A graphics optimization system
A method of playing a game A system for presenting an image of a receipt to a consumer
A computerized method for measuring a consumer’s perception of a commercial entity’s brand equity, logo, trademark, tradename, tag line, product name and the like A program storage device readable by machine
A computer implemented method supporting competitive intelligent analyses of information A method making use of play on a board game for training a sales representative to make a sales call on a selected type of prospective purchaser
A process of informing potential consumers of a new product A method for producing a subject-specific skeleton from an external measurement data set and a generic skeleton, the generic skeleton comprising a plurality of parameters
A system for interpreting scan data A computer-based method for representing a project
An apparatus A computer program product
An article of manufacture for storing digital content in a clientside cache A computer-implemented system for measuring per-flow traffic delay between two routers having synchronized clocks
An electronic document management system A computer implemented method for presenting information associated with a trademark search for a first trademark
A hosting environment abstraction method A method for maintaining anonymity of a purchaser during a purchase transaction
A computer-implemented method carried out on a computer readable medium A method
An interactive viewer to view interactively a multi-media program derived from a real-world environment An autonomic grid comprising a plurality of hosting services communicatively coupled to one another
A method for generating object classification models to be utilized to predict object classes in an adaptive learning object classification data processing system A method of processing electronic assurances involving a requestor, a provider and an authority interconnected via a network, wherein the requester, the provider, and the authority are separate entities from one another
A data carrier A tangible medium comprising information encrypted according to a method as claimed in Claim 1.
A method of detecting intrusions in a computer network A tool for developing litigation discovery materials
A method for use in a device associated with a first party for performing a signature operation on a message substantially based on the digital signature algorithm (DSA) A tool for recommending a decision in litigation
A method of identifying optimal times for an end user to contact a target user of a messaging system A method for administering insurance claims and monitoring claim-related data in a database
A method A reseller program utilizing a computer network for allowing a plurality of Customers to register one or more domain names via a registrar web site
A computer program product A method for maintaining integrity of course data during offline utilization of a learning management system
A computer-readable medium A method for performing a money transfer transaction via a wireless communication device
A computer program product for secure communications in a message source, the computer program product having a computer readable medium with a computer program embedded thereon A computer implemented method for comparing a first object and a second object in an object-oriented operating system
A method for communicating between two endpoints connected to a network A computer readable medium including instruction for operating a computer that controls a laser source
A method for autonomic management of system resources on a grid computing system A knowledge system for solving a problem identified by a user
A method for modeling distributed generation for a customer A computer memory device storing an image produced by the method of claim 1
A computer program product in a computer readable medium for monitoring and correlating transactions Method of compiling Dictionaries for inputting into the memories of electronic speech-recognition devices
An article of manufacture A method of managing assets controlled by members of an organization, said organization having a central server configured to access data and software systems of said organization
A method of controlling processing of data A program storage device readable by machine, tangibly embodying a program of instructions executable by the machine to perform program steps for decoding video signal data for a picture having a plurality of motion blocks
A method for detecting fraud in relation to stored value products Method for purchasing and authenticating an electronic ticket
A computer readable storage medium A component based data processing system
A method for use in a device associated with a first party for performing a signature operation on a message substantially based on the digital signature algorithm (DSA), A computer-readable medium tangibly encoded thereon a data structure
A method for improved decoding of a binary representation of a[n] XML-based document For a client/server system having at least a client including a graphical user interface to display a content of virtual hosted stores to a user, the virtual stores being stored in databases managed by a database management system in a resource manager, the graphical user interface being operatively connected to an application server having a business logic module to select the content to be displayed, a method of managing the content of the hosted virtual stores
A discussion forum resource A drawing conversion management and assignment system
A method for determining similarity between portions of gene expression profiles in a computer A tangible computer readable storage medium on which is embedded one or more computer programs
A method of presenting data relating to skills distribution in an enterprise An online sales promotion method used in a system to purchase a product over a network
A machine-readable medium tangibly embodying a program of machine-readable instructions executable by a digital processing apparatus to perform a method of data retrieval in a computer  

A method of option creation for an asset that has a value that varies over time

A computer system for controlling access to certain files by processes An intelligent electronic mail (e-mail) gateway
A method of determining a price at which a supplier provides a commodity to a customer A computer readable storage medium comprising program instructions, or triggers to launch execution of program instructions
A processor-based method of applying a policy A fire fighting system comprising
A program product In a World Wide Web (Web) communication network with user access via a plurality of data processor controlled interactive receiving display stations for displaying received hypertext Web documents, transmitted from source sites on the Web, including at least one display page containing text, images and a plurality of embedded hyperlinks, each hyperlink being user activatable to access and display a respective linked hypertext Web document from source sites on the web, a system for controlling access activity from activated hyperlinks and their respective Web document source sites
A method for determining relative positions of nodes of a network A computer-implemented method for facilitating procurement functions over a computer network
A method of preparing a wire harness production

 

A method of tetrahedral interpolation
A system for converting slide show presentations for use within non-presentation applications
A hierarchical grouping system
A computer-implemented method for creating rules for the administration of end-user license agreements (¿EULAs’)
A method of operating a decision feedback equalizer having a feed forward filter and a feedback filter
A method of evaluating a proposed solution to a constraint problem
A computer program product storable on a medium readable out by a computer system
A method for maximizing opportunity sales by moving a purchaser off an original travel reservation purchase choice and onto a substitute travel reservation purchase
A computer implemented method for generating an electronic equipment demanufacturing price quote
A system for benefits management
A financial instrument issued by a stock company and held by a holder, shares of stock of the company trading at a price, the instrument having a market price
A system for authenticating a transaction
A method for managing the assets of holders of rights in a property
A method for encouraging transactions between a customer and a business entity, each of at least one transaction having an assigned value
A computer program product for displaying explain data for an SQL query of a database, the compute program product disposed upon a computer readable, signal bearing medium
A computer program product for evaluating a software component adapted to interact with a resource-residing in a production environment
A computer program product
A method for managing membership in a collaborative computing environment community
A method of searching a database
A system searching a database
A computer program product for searching a database
A method for integrating file system events into a database management system (DBMS)
A system for integrating file system events into a database management system (DBMS)
A computer programming product for integrating file system events into a database management system (DBMS)
A method of analyzing a sub-model of a full system model
A method implemented in a computer for calculating a probability that one ore more automobiles will be sold by a future date
1. A markup language enabled device included within an environment of physical objects. A device according to claim 1
A service level agreement (SLA) breach value estimator
A method for processing a life insurance facultative case summary submission over a network between a ceding company and a reinsurer
A method of generating employment market statistics from a network
A method for ensuring airline safety while safeguarding personal passenger information
A system for communicating a message
A computer program product for mirroring database statistics, the computer program product disposed upon a signal bearing medium
A system for discovering I/O bus capabilities on a computer system via ACPI
A terminal module for using services at a terminal, at which services can be called up via a user interface, wherein the terminal module contains a program code which can be carried out by control means of the terminal
A program product
A system of providing ancestor information in a remembrance program which will continue automatically and extend to their genealogy for all current direct descendants
A computer usable medium having a computer readable program for remote access by a remote computer system to a shared resource over a communications channel, the remote computer system having a plurality of commands including a plurality of resource commands and a plurality of local commands
In a data processing system including distributed processing units, a method of analysis of performance of the data processing system
A method of reporting the presentation of data
A data processing system for retrieving data
A transmittable signal comprising information encrypted according to a method as claimed in Claim 1.
A method of classifying tissue in a magnetic resonance image
An apparatus for displaying supplemental information particular to a user regarding displayed web pages for the user
A method for name searching within an employee records database
An apparatus for name searching within an employee records database
A computer-readable medium
A computer program product
A method for frequency planning in a wireless cell network
An operating center for managing a group of individual distributed databases
A memory storing program instructions
A computer-readable medium having stored thereon a data structure
A computer program product to estimate the cost of distributing software updates
A computer readable medium having computer-executable instructions for combining a precision estimate of a database entry’s coordinate value with the coordinate value into a single index
A computer program for providing computer archive system accountability
A keyword generation method
A computer program product comprising program instructions recorded on a computer readable medium, wherein upon execution on a computer, said program instructions decide whether to make a loan to an applicant
A content data structure stored on a recordable medium
A method for transcopying data
A knowledge system for solving a problem identified by a user
A method of implementing a value-added service (VAS) in a warehouse management system
A method for allocation of channels by a cellular network operator to base stations, where each of the base stations is assigned within one of a plurality of base station cells of a tiered cellular communications system
A method for providing detailed information regarding the preparation of mail entities and the processing of mail entities
A gaming method
A method of managing assets using at least one policy
A computer program product tangibly embodied in a machine-readable medium, the computer program product including instructions that, when executed, perform a method for providing a scratchpad window in a graphical user interface (GUI) while using an application that manages an interaction between an agent and an individual
A service discovery system
A computer program product, intended for use in performing an automated method of control for a configuration bridge system
A method for providing customized health information to an individual
A computer program product
A method for managing health services
A computer-readable medium
A computer data signal representing a sequence of instructions
A method for identifying competencies (soft skills) required for superior performance for a given job
A computer implemented method of determining the consequences of an investment transaction to a potential total future tax liability of a user
A method for providing a Mailer, Post or Recipient with detailed information regarding attributes of mail entities
A method of filtering an image
A computer readable medium tangibly embodying program instructions for managing images within an image manager
A computer program product for managing a remotely located, independent data storage system
A storage medium which stores program instructions, wherein the program instructions are executable by a programmable control device
A method of conducting transactions
A computer readable medium encoded with computer executable instructions
An audio file stored in a computer readable medium
A computer-readable medium containing instructions for performing a method for managing calls directed to one or more communications devices associated with a user of a communications network
A computer system for ranking service offerings in a service-oriented architecture, in which said service offerings are offered by a Service Broker to a Service Requestor
A tangible, computer accessible medium storing program instructions computer executable to implement a distributed data system client
A program for facilitating a purchasing transaction between a medical resource supplier and a client
A computer program embodied on a computer-readable medium, wherein the computer program comprises a plurality of instructions
A World Wide Web (Web) hypertext document including at least one display page containing text, images and a plurality of embedded hyperlinks, each hyperlink being user activatable to access and display a respective linked hypertext Web document from source sites on the Web
A computer useable medium having a computer readable program stored thereon for controlling access activity from activated hyperlinks and their respective Web document source sites in a World Wide Web (Web) communication network with user access via a plurality of data processor controlled interactive receiving display stations for displaying received hypertext Web documents, transmitted from source sites on the Web, including at least one display page containing text, images and a plurality of embedded hyperlinks, each hyperlink being user activatable to access and display a respective linked hypertext Web document from source sites on the Web,
A service
A method for providing a benefit program
A computer readable medium encoded with computer executable instructions
A computer-implemented method of constructing a hedge fund index
A system for processing a request by a researcher to perform a data processing function
A usage history description scheme for at least one of an audio, an image, and a video comprising a plurality of frames
An electronic publishing system to offer an item for sale, over a network
A system for forming a target error model to facilitate spell checking input text to a target collection
A lightweight pattern validation system for a client device receiving markup defining a form
A computer-implemented method for evaluating routing diversity
 Posted by at 9:59 am
May 102011
 

Security interests for tangible assets have long been used by lenders to ensure payback. Setting up a loan with a security interest attached to the property as collateral makes sure that either the lender will get paid, or the lender will have an interest in the property upon default. The lender can then rely on the market to buy back the asset, thus returning to the lender the cash it lent. This lowers the risk of a loan, giving the lender the ability to charge lower interest rates. For example, compare your car interest rate (if it is secured) with your credit card interest rate (unsecured).

It is also possible for intangible assets to be used as security interests. This is good news because intellectual property is quickly becoming the most prized asset of many companies. According to the USPTO, U.S. intellectual property is worth more than $5 trillion.[1] This means that IP in the U.S. is more valuable than any other country’s nominal GDP.[2] Patents and patent applications make up a large portion of such intangible assets. A creditor uses the patent or patent application as collateral to secure the repayment of a loan by a debtor or when a seller takes a security interest in purchased goods to secure payment of the purchase price.[3]

While both intellectual property and traditional property can be used as a security interest, it is interesting to note a practical difference in this increasingly important type of asset. When tangible property is used as a security interest, typically the borrower wants a piece of property and is willing to offer it as collateral for a loan in case the borrower defaults.  For instance, I want to buy a house, but I can’t afford the entire amount. So the bank steps in to loan me the full amount provided the house will be secured as collateral to ensure that I pay the bank back. This type of arrangement is referred to in property law as a purchase money mortgage. Unlike tangible transactions, where the property secures the loan to the property, patents and patent applications are instead classically used to ensure payment of unrelated loans. For instance, rather than the lender securing interest in the patent for the reason of the borrower buying the patent (like traditional tangible property), with intangible property the borrower uses the patent he already has to ensure payment of an unrelated loan. One reason for this is that patents typically are more of a niche market. For instance, lots of people will want to buy your house or car from the bank if you default. But depending on the technology that your patent comprises, it might be tough for the lender to get the invested money back.

However, it seems to be increasingly common for patents to change hands. As companies inevitably merge, get acquired, go bankrupt, or shift focus, valuable patents, through auctioning, liquidating and selling, are changing hands. For instance, most recently in the news, Novell’s patent portfolio being sold off, Nortel’s patent portfolio being auctioned, and RPX, which maintains a large patent portfolio to ward off infringement suits for its clients, just came out with its IPO. The more that patents and patent applications change hands, the more accurate the valuation of such transactions. This will lead to the secondary market being more willing to enter the secondary market. Furthermore, as companies continue to seek to strengthen their patent portfolios, I foresee intangible property being used in very similar ways as tangible property. Company X will try and buy patent Y with a loan and use the patent as collateral for the bank to use as a security interest.


[1] http://www.uspto.gov/news/pr/2008/08-16.jsp.

[2] As pointed out by http://www.ipvalue-site.com/?p=412.

[3] 51 Santa Clara L. Rev. 705, 708-09 (2011).

 Posted by at 9:29 am
May 022011
 

It has become pretty standard to hear of those in the legal profession that don’t like their job. Some surveys show as many as half of all lawyers would not enter the legal profession if they had to do it over again and wouldn’t recommend that others become lawyers. But what about the half that would enter the legal profession if they had to do it all over again, or the half that would recommend the profession to others? In a recent ABA Journal article entitled “Why I love being a lawyer,” a sample of attorneys get quoted about why they love their jobs. I had to share a couple that made me smile:

When I opened my first-year property law casebook and read the first case, I knew right then that I had made the right decision to become a lawyer. I still have that same feeling of excitement whenever I sit down to read a brief or an opinion of the Supreme Court. I just find the intellectual side of the law deeply satisfying. Add to that a chance to help clients solve very difficult problems and to argue before the Supreme Court on a regular basis, and I often have to pinch myself to convince me it is real. Carter Phillips.

I love being a lawyer because when I stand up before a jury and thank my clients for the privilege of representing them (and I usually feel pretty emotional whenever I say that, with chills) I realize I am being trusted to present them, what they feel, what they believe. Anthony Minchella.

Best job in the world: I get paid to read, write, think, talk and argue — all things I would do anyway. Rick Ball.

 Posted by at 9:09 am