Season 3 of Personal Jurisdiction kicks off with a conversation with David Lat. David Lat is a lawyer turned writer and commentator on the legal profession. He writes about law and the legal profession for his own newsletter and website, Original Jurisdiction, and for newspapers and magazines. You also know David as the founder of Above the Law, one of the largest legal news websites in the country. Hallie and Allison talk to David about what he enjoyed about the practice of law, how he developed his love of writing, the role of Above the Law in encouraging important changes in Big Law, and his thoughts on the role of prestige in the legal profession. We hope you enjoy the first episode of Season 3!
David Lat is a lawyer turned writer and commentator on the legal profession. David is a graduate of Harvard College (1996) and Yale Law School (1999). He clerked on the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit (1999-2000), worked as a litigation associate at the New York law firm of Wachtell, Lipton, Rosen, & Katz, and served as an Assistant United States Attorney in Newark, New Jersey. David is the voice of Underneath Their Robes, a blog he started in 2004 about the federal judiciary. David is also the founder of Above the Law, the legal news website we all know and love for its transparency about law schools, law firms, and the legal profession. After leaving Above the Law in 2019, David worked with Lateral Link, a legal recruiting firm. David created Original Jurisdiction in 2020 and now dedicates himself to writing full-time via that platform. Learn more about David Lat here.
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