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Encouragment and Innovation in Legal Writing

Part of knowing you have a good law school advisor is the sense of being uplifted when you meet. I have had that type of experience with my advisors at Lewis & Clark Law School many times as they have supervised and encouraged me along my path to gain skills and experience in the legal filed.

As is the case with many students at L&C, I thrive on challenges, and so as I’m preparing my final papers for my final law school classes, I proposed some topics in a spectrum from conservative propositions that eke out a small place between other well-researched topics of a similar flavor to a bolder ones which the literature has left largely untouched. “Start the conversation,” urged one advisor with a smile.

It was as much elating to hear as it was terrifying, because to do so left me without much guidance of other legal researchers of how to think about the topic, and I would be forced to go outside of the legal field for authorities and information, and I would have to propose a new framework. Could I really do this?

And then I began to draw on the knowledge I had gained over my years at law school and began a process of careful analysis and drew analogies to other frameworks and realized I could do it. As much as I would innovate an application of law in a new context, I could make it seem logical and reasonable to include nontraditional actors in a regulatory regime that tended to exclude others–and boldly propose greater inclusion, even integration. Thus began a journey that begins my greatest challenge and my greatest work that will be my segue to my career. I’ll have to keep you posted on how it progresses.

31 January 2013

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