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.
It’s been a busy several weeks. With some time to kill during Spring Break, here’s what’s new!
I was selected as the Managing Editor for Volume 54 of the William and Mary Law Review. I’ve spent the past month putting together the year-long publication schedule, which I must say is quite the complex task. The publication process begins in a few weeks; in the meantime I’ll be doing editor training, putting together resources and templates for the staff, and getting ready for a year of hard but rewarding work.
Claire and I went with another couple (John and Patricia) to Asheville this weekend for the Southern Conference basketball tournament. Davidson won, in an epic double overtime match-up against Western Carolina. Claire and I also went to the Biltmore Estate, and John, Patricia, and I went for a good long hike in Montreat. There were a few inches of snow on the ground during the hike, but it wasn’t bad, and as you can see the spectacular view from the top was very much worth it:
That picture was taken using the panorama feature of my Galaxy Nexus. Not bad for an Android phone, huh?
My brother Wilson will be returning from deployment in the next few weeks. Hard to believe he’s done already! He’ll have some time off in order to move across the country to Charleston for his next assignment: nuclear power school. It’ll be great to have him closer by for a little bit!
I’m looking forward to the summer, which I’ll spend at Wilson Sonsini Goodrich & Rosati in Palo Alto. Currently looking for somewhere to live in June and July — let me know if you have any leads!
Claire and I returned from a 10-day trip to Australia last week. It was quite the adventure, including three days on a century old boat cruising the Whitsunday Islands. Pictures:
We spent 2 days in Sydney, mostly walking around the city in the surprisingly humid heat of the Australian summer. On the second day Claire and I did the “bridge climb,” an admittedly uber-touristy activity that was definitely worth it for the view from the top. The next morning we left Sydney for Airlie Beach, where we would catch our ship (the Solway Lass).
The boat trip was amazing. We visit lots of different bays and beaches, taking a smaller raft to do some bush walks or snorkling. There was also a rope swing attached to one of the masts. No shark sightings, fortunately! The crew was really great, as were the meals they made for us while underway. One more night in Airlie Beach, checking out the local bar scene, before our flight the next day.
We returned to Sydney for two more overcast days of exploring, including the Police & Justice Museum that was featuring a really interesting exhibit on female Australian criminals. We were sad to have to leave Australia after such a short visit, but it was a really welcome break from the San Francisco winter!
Some videos from the trip after the jump…