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Hastings Alumni Mag-Spring 2014

UC HASTINGS 23 Real-World Classroom Masterson and classmate Jose Campos ’13 were assigned to Skive it and paired with attorneys Justin Hovey and Michael Heuga of Pillsbury Winthrop Shaw Pittman. Masterson handled the corporate documents with Hovey while Campos worked with Heuga on the IP and licensing matters. Hovey was excited about Startup Legal Garage from the minute he heard about it. “‘This is incredible,’ I thought,” Hovey says. “It was everything I wish I’d had in law school. I took M&A, corporations, and tax, and it was all taught in the normal way, through case law. It had zero connection to the real world. I always wanted to know, what does a stock certificate look like?” This on-the-ground learning requires students to take a more proactive approach to their education. “They’re taught not to From left: Shaherose Charania, Sepi Nasiri, and Nnena Ukuku, at their offices at Hatch Today in San Francisco. business standpoints as well.” Masterson appreciated the program’s practicality. “I got to see what a vesting schedule and a founding purchase agreement looked like,” he says. “It was an opportunity to do hands-on work with an actual client while in law school.”


Hastings Alumni Mag-Spring 2014
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