I’m making some pretty radical life changes. Today’s my last day at Twitter. Claire and I are moving to Seattle. And I’m taking a step back from the law: starting in late March, I’ll be spending 19 weeks training to become a web developer at Dev Bootcamp.
Confused? I get it. Read on!
Along with two colleagues from Twitter, I had the opportunity this week to participate in a fireside chat at the Big Boulder conference. It was a great opportunity to share how we approach our work on the Product Counsel team. It was also my first time in Boulder and our office there, where many of the teams I support are located. Hope to go back again soon!
The conference posted a short recap of our session here. A few official photos:
You can also catch the Periscope here. As you can see, viewers just couldn’t. get. enough.
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.
Now that I’m done with several weeks of travel, it’s time for a little update here. And first things first — I’m engaged to Claire!
Here’s a basic recap. A little more than a month ago, without Claire knowing, I flew to Seattle to ask her parents for their blessing. Fast forward to two weeks ago, Claire thought I would be arriving in D.C. on a Tuesday. In fact, I secretly arrived in D.C. a day early. I had Claire’s roommate Ashley invite Claire out for a roommate dinner. Ashley pretended that they needed to drop her boyfriend Rick off at the National Cathedral for a photography class. Rick came and met me in the nearby Bishop’s Garden, then called Ashley to say he “forgot” a lens in the car. Ashley drove back and had Claire run the lens to Rick.
When she did, I walked towards Claire — she didn’t even recognize me at first because she thought I was driving up the next day (but she assures me she thought this strange gentleman smiling at her was very handsome). I took Claire to a nearby corner of the garden with a pretty arch and fountain, asked her to marry me, and gave her the ring! After calling friends and family we went to a lovely dinner, and the next day went to a high ropes course in Maryland — something Claire’s wanted to do for a while now.
The diamond in the ring is from my grandmother Tutu’s engagement ring. We’re pretty darn excited, and are planning for a fall 2013 wedding in the San Francisco area. Speaking of the San Francisco area, the other good news is that I’m accepting a job offer from Wilson Sonsini in Palo Alto for next fall. The offer came about 24 hours after the proposal, so it was a pretty amazing couple of days.
I’m now back in Williamsburg to begin my third and final year of law school. We’re well underway into our volume at the Law Review, having on-boarded a fresh batch of 2Ls last week. I’m taking a Copyright Litigation seminar, Patent Law, First Amendment, and Federal Income Tax. Claire is starting her final semester of nursing school at Georgetown, and looking for jobs in the Bay Area beginning around February 2013.
Good news! My student note was selected for publication in the first issue of Volume 54 of the William & Mary Law Review. My note deals with the question of whether, under current law, the government may forbid social media services like Twitter or Facebook from being accessed in countries subject to U.S. export regulations (i.e. economic sanctions). I argue that it cannot.
Issue 1 will be out around November.