Friday, December 17, 2004

Resume

I am always looking for new and better opportunities. My goal is to establish a private legal practice that focuses on intellectual property, privacy, and technology issues. I also want to continue to advance my education and pursue additional opportunities for legal scholarship. Please feel free to contact me for more information or references.

James Lai

6142 N Kenmore Avenue, Apt. 3
Chicago, IL 60660

EDUCATION

JOHN MARSHALL LAW SCHOOL (AUGUST 2002-JANUARY 2005, SUMMA CUM LAUDE)
Degree: Master of Laws (LLM) in Information Technology & Privacy Law
Graduate Dissertation: Presented and orally defended thesis on First Amendment implications raised by the use of copyright law to restrain speech.
Journal of Computer & Information Law: Candidate, Executive Board Member
IT & Privacy Moot Court Competition: Judge, Problem Committee Member, Brief Grader
American Bar Association: Developed web site providing resources on the use of technology to deliver limited-representation legal services. Voting member of committees on new technologies and online copyrights. Participating in development of papers for presentation and peer review. Member of subcommittee developing the IP section's position on file sharing and the MGM v. Grokster appeal.
Copyright Society, Midwest Chapter: Member, Copyright Awareness Month volunteer

UNIVERSITY OF SOUTH CAROLINA SCHOOL OF LAW (AUGUST 1998-MAY 2001)
Degree: Juris Doctor
Honors: University Scholarship, CALI Award for Copyright Law
Graduate Assistant: Research, cite checking, and copy editing for At Freedom's Door, by Prof. James Underwood
Intellectual Property Law Society: Member

USC, HONORS COLLEGE (AUGUST 1994-MAY 1998, WITH HONORS FROM THE SC HONORS COLLEGE)
Degree: Bachelor’s of Science (Biology)
World Tae Kwon Do Association: Assistant Instructor

PROFESSIONAL EXPERIENCE

LAW OFFICES OF ELISABETH SHOENBERGER (MAY 2004-PRESENT)
Contract Attorney: Legal research, drafting memoranda and orders, direct client contact, negotiation assistance, and preparing discovery.

LEXISNEXIS (SEPTEMBER 2001-PRESENT)
Certified Research Specialist (June 2004-Present): Performing research tasks through LexisNexis Research On Call. Drafting traditional legal memoranda containing tables of contents, statements of facts and issues, analysis, conclusions, and tables of authorities.

Lead Case Law Editor (April 2004-Present): Analyzing federal and state court opinions for legal precedent, edited and classified core legal concepts, wrote case law summaries, performed quality review of teammates' work product, and managed employees in mentoring group.

GOLDEN, TAYLOR & POTTERFIELD (AUGUST 2000-MAY 2001)
Law Clerk: Legal research and writing, including briefs submitted to South Carolina Appellate Courts, preparing appellate oral arguments, and reviewing client files to develop litigation and settlement strategy.

NATIONAL COLLEGE OF DISTRICT ATTORNEYS (SUMMER 2000)
Legal Intern: Researched eyewitness reliability issues to develop problems used in training prosecutors and wrote parts of courses on prosecuting computer crimes.

PUBLICATIONS & CREDITS

JOHN MARSHALL JOURNAL OF COMPUTER & INFORMATION LAW: "Does Your Boss Own Your Brain? – Case note on Alcatel USA, Inc. f/k/a/ DSC Communications v. Evan Brown" (Spring 2003). Cited in "Does Your Employer Own Your Thoughts," (Slashdot, Your Rights Online, 08/04/04). Cited and interviewed by Jeff Nachtigal in "We Own What You Think," (Salon.com, 08/18/04).

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