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Hastings Alumni Mag-Spring 2014

{ ENTERPRISE } researching European regulations and compliance, while 3L Katherine Webb focused on privacy research at Autodesk. Subsequently, Webb spent a summer at Cooley, where she will return as an associate after graduation. “Being a lawyer in the Valley is unlike being a lawyer anywhere else,” Webb says. “We get to be so much more than ‘just lawyers’ to our clients; we’re their business partners, too. We’re not only solving legal problems, we’re helping them build their businesses. That’s incredibly exciting, and something I can’t wait to be a part of.” 36 SPRING 2014 For some students, their 2L summer gigs were transformative and confirmed their career paths. “Sitting with Cooley’s clean-tech partner Gordon Ho and vetting energy startups at client intake meetings was incredibly validating for me,” says 3L Edward “Eddy” Mata. “I was able to use my engineering background to really connect with the entrepreneurs and their ideas, and then call upon my legal training at UC Hastings to help set them up for success. It was then that I realized I was exactly where I was supposed to be.” UC Hastings alumni have been instrumental in helping current students enter the tech world. Jon Gavenman ’91, a partner in Cooley’s emerging companies practice, says the firm’s summer associate program gives students the chance to do actual client work like drafting deal documents for venture financing and public filings, and even attending company board meetings. Gavenman has taken summer associates to board meetings at Agari Data, Silver Tail Systems, and Jaspersoft. “They get the experience of being part of the “ This is the world’s dominant tech ecosystem. It’s where the action is.” —3L Taylor Cashwell decision-making process and learning how a board meeting runs,” Gavenman says. Other firms offer similar opportunities. 3L Kaitlin Keohane assisted with a deposition and did research for a summary judgment motion during her stint as a summer associate at Quinn Emanuel. The firm represented the Russian search engine Yandex in a copyright infringement suit. The case settled after Yandex obtained summary judgment on the majority of its claims. 3L Michael LaFond also interned with Quinn, working on a case for a client being sued by the patent aggregator Acacia Research. 3L Taylor Cashwell spent two summers at Fenwick & West working on startups and venture capital, mergers and acquisitions, and IPOs. He starts there this fall as a first-year associate. 3L Sasha Hahn spent two summers at Wilson Sonsini Goodrich & Rosati, working on IPOs, venture financings, and software license agreements, and will return to the firm as an associate after graduation. Ali Alemozafar ’10 also spent his 1L and 2L summers at Wilson Sonsini. He continued to work at the firm on patent prosecution and strategic patent counseling during his second and third years, joining the firm as an associate after graduation. For students hoping to work in tech, the law school’s location is a boon. “This is the world’s dominant tech ecosystem,” Cashwell says. “It’s where “ I was able to the action is.” call upon my legal training at UC Hastings to help set entrepreneurs up for success. It was then I realized I was exactly where I was supposed to be.” —3L Edward Mata


Hastings Alumni Mag-Spring 2014
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