An End to a Big Year


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.


Last Thurs­day, I fin­ished the third and final day of the Cal­i­for­nia Bar Exam, putting an end to two months of con­stant study­ing and tremen­dous stress.  I was pre­vi­ously skep­ti­cal of claims that the bar exam was the hard­est thing peo­ple had gone through in their lives.  Not so skep­ti­cal any­more.  Very glad to have that expe­ri­ence behind me.

I’m now in San Diego vis­it­ing my brother and his fiancée.  The next few weeks are pure free­dom, which is a really odd but really wel­come feel­ing.  I’ll be going to the Out­side Lands music fes­ti­val in Golden Gate Park, vis­it­ing Google to talk to legal assis­tants about law school, plan­ning our hon­ey­moon to Greece (!), and get­ting ready for our wed­ding — includ­ing danc­ing lessons for our first dance!  And of course, watch­ing TV, drink­ing beer, and doing as lit­tle think­ing about the law as possible.

Graduated and Back in the Bay


I grad­u­ated from law school on Sun­day.  I was happy to receive a few awards the day before, but even hap­pier to have my fiancée and my fam­ily — includ­ing my 92-year-old grand­mother! — there with me.  It was a fan­tas­tic week­end, and I am proud to join a long line of Tay­lors in the legal profession.

After putting my life into boxes and onto a mov­ing truck, I’m now back in San Fran­cisco, the city I left three years ago to start this adven­ture.  My review class for the Cal­i­for­nia bar exam starts on Tues­day, and although I have some pre-work to do for that, I am going to try to enjoy these few final days of free­dom and get to know my new neigh­bor­hood of Noe Valley.