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Hastings Alumni Mag-Spring 2014

{ ENTERPRISE } Generation Tech UC Hastings students with hustle turn summer gigs into top jobs at Valley tech firms. UC HASTINGS 35 rom the moment 3L Matt Kovac started his summer externship at Apple, he was pulled into the company’s exhilarating go-go tempo. After his 1L year, he worked in Apple’s transactions group, helping attorneys with licenses and co-development deals, and assisting on a large acquisition. “The pace at Apple is unlike any other company I’ve worked at,” Kovac says. “It’s a Fortune 500 company, but it moves as fast and nimbly as a startup.” Kovac’s experience working in the high-speed tech world is becoming far more common for UC Hastings students. With its proximity to Silicon Valley and close ties to leading lawyers throughout the Bay Area, the school places students in externships and summer associate positions with exciting tech firms, from giants in the industry like Apple and Yahoo! to startups launching new apps and mid-tiers contemplating initial public offerings. Students also get invaluable hands-on experience working with startups through UC Hastings’ Startup Legal Garage and build connections that lead to Valley gigs. 3L Jacob True was an extern with Sony’s entertainment arm this past summer as the company prepared to launch its PlayStation 4 game console. True, who hopes to work in the video game industry after graduation, spent the summer researching legal issues related to the device’s “share” feature, specifically determining potential litigation threats from copyright holders and possible revisions to Sony’s licensing agreements. “The Sony experience meant the world to me because I want my career to end up in the video game industry,” True says. “There was no better experience than working in-house for Sony PlayStation during one of the most important product launches in its recent history.” During his externship with eBay, Tom Hadid ’13 gained litigation experience defending the company against small claims. He was victorious every time he went to court. “It’s a confidence booster,” says Hadid, now an associate in the Palo Alto office of Cooley. “I got to see how in-house lawyers work and what they want from outside counsel.” In her 1L summer, 2L Katherine Stepanova researched infringement and antitrust law for SanDisk and attended witness preparations and depositions. 2L Kyle Gertridge worked in Yahoo!’s global legal operations department, “We get to be so much more than ‘just lawyers’ to our clients; we’re their business partners, too.” —3L Katherine Webb


Hastings Alumni Mag-Spring 2014
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