Hi, my name is Liz, and I want to keep learning about nature and culture for the rest of my life (even though both have sometimes landed me in less-than-comfortable situations). I really enjoy picking something complicated apart until I understand it, and then explaining it to other people in such a way that they understand it too. I used to do that with optics, lasers, and nanomaterials and their sometimes unexpected behavior; now I do it with laws and policies and their sometimes unexpected results. I delight in building new things that work; these used to be laser systems and integrated optics, and now they’re agreements, regulatory filings, IP applications, internal tracking systems, and this Website.
I went to the law school I liked the best, rather than the overall-highest-ranked one I could possibly get into. It’s a perfectly respectable ABA-accredited school with a couple of nationally renowned programs, and I don’t understand why some people seem to think this was a bad decision. I wrote some well-received “serious” papers that I’m polishing up to get published, with my professors’ encouragement. My exam-course grades were only pretty-good, but I did go on to pass one of the toughest bar exams in the country on the first try (whew, thank heavens that’s over!).
I like to communicate and entertain, but I’ve learned when not to. I can keep secrets, dress up, listen quietly, and deliver finite bursts of decorum when needed. My personality is strong, but I only set out to overpower if there are no alternatives. I play well with most others, because I always look for common ground where we can meet comfortably. You may hear my teeth grinding if you urge me to “sell myself;” I’m fine with renting out my skills and capabilities, but I, the whole person, am not a commodity and I don’t think you should be either. With mutual respect, let’s see what happens next . . .