No union is more profound than marriage, for it embodies the highest ideals of love, fidelity, devotion, sacrifice, and family. In forming a marital union, two people become something greater than once they were. As some of the petitioners in these cases demonstrate, marriage embodies a love that may endure even past death. It would misunderstand these men and women to say they disrespect the idea of marriage. Their plea is that they do respect it, respect it so deeply that they seek to find its fulfillment for themselves. Their hope is not to be condemned to live in loneliness, excluded from one of civilization’s oldest institutions. They ask for equal dignity in the eyes of the law. The Constitution grants them that right.
– Obergefell v. Hodges, 576 U.S. ___ (June 26, 2015) (Kennedy, J.).
Big news: starting in mid-July, I’ll be joining Twitter’s legal team as a Product Counsel.
It’s hard to express how thrilled I am about this new chapter in my career. Ever since working with the Product Counsel team at Google, I’ve dreamed of someday becoming a Product Counsel for a great company. That goal has driven every career decision of mine over the past 7 years, from interning at EFF to starting my practice in WSGR’s Internet Strategy & Litigation group.
Although this opportunity comes somewhat sooner in my career than I expected, I’m excited to take on the challenge. It’ll be fantastic to work with some familiar faces, and to get to know the rest of the team and the company better. More practically, this change means I get back the two hours I was spending in the car everyday between San Francisco and Palo Alto — now the office is just a 25 minute MUNI ride away!
Although the road ahead is doubtless full of new challenges, they are the types of challenges I have been longing to take on. I can’t wait to get started.
Couldn’t let 2013 slide away without one more post. This has probably been the biggest, most important year of my life so far. In roughly chronological order, I:
shepherded Vol. 54 of the William & Mary Law Review through its remaining issues
graduated from law school and won some awards
moved back to San Francisco
studied for, took, and (ultimately) passed the California Bar Exam
watched an unseemly number of excellent TV shows on Hulu, Netflix, Amazon, etc.
got married to Claire and honeymooned in Greece
started my career as an attorney in Silicon Valley
was admitted to the California State Bar and my local federal district court
Whew. Unfortunately all that activity has left little free time for blogging. I can’t promise that will change in 2014 — not only because work, commuting, and life’s other obligations take up so much time, but also because the need that has always undergirded my blogging is mostly satisfied in other, better ways. I started blogging to create an outlet for my interest in technology and the law. Over the past five years, I’ve been on a path to turn that interest into a profession. I no longer feel a deep need to write about technology law, because I am practicing it everyday. (Not to mention that, as an attorney, I have to be careful about how and the extent to which I express my personal opinions on topics related to clients’ interests). I do hope to continue to use this space for personal updates and other posts.
Anyway: Happy New Year! May you be as fortunate in 2014 as I was in 2013.