Chuck Meeker, ’13
How did you decide to go to law school?
I made the decision to go to law school while I was finishing my Ph.D. program and realized that I needed more variety in my career. I loved the molecular biology and biochemistry of my doctoral program, but couldn’t imagine being focused one general project for my entire career.
What are you up to now?
Now, I am an associate at Workman Nydegger, an IP boutique firm in Salt Lake City, where my practice is focused on all kinds of chemical, diagnostic, biotech, and other inventions. I draft and prosecute patent application and manage IP portfolios for my clients. I also file and prosecute trademark registration applications and help my clients protect their trade secrets.
What was your favorite part of your experience with IP Theory?
IP Theory was one of the highlights of my Law School experience. In addition to collaborating with brilliant law school colleagues and advisors, I thoroughly enjoyed being exposed to academic writing without the literary “chip-on-the-shoulder” that I read between the lines of some many legal journal articles. The authors and articles I worked with were driven by a love and fascination with law and technology, rather than a need for recognition – it was very refreshing.
What advice do you have for current law students?
Get past the grades and rankings and just enjoy learning. You are a privileged group of individuals – a tiny percentage of the world – that has the opportunity to learn the law and how it is interpreted and applied from some of the best minds in the legal field. Take your education seriously, but not for the sake of a grade. Take your education seriously for the sake of becoming like the legal minds from which you are privileged to learn and for the sake of making this world a better place because of it.