For our 40th Episode (!), we asked Jonah Perlin, Georgetown Law Professor and host of the #HowILawyer Podcast, to switch roles and let us interview him about his journey to law school, what lights his fire about teaching legal writing, and why he decided to challenge himself to publish one podcast interview per week for his popular podcast about the legal profession. Join us for this thoughtful and fun conversation as we catch up with Jonah Perlin and learn more about what he does, why he does it, and how he does it well.
Jonah Perlin teaches legal practice and advanced legal writing courses at Georgetown Law as a full-time Associate Professor of Law, Legal Practice. Before teaching at Georgetown Law, Jonah worked at Williams & Connolly LLP in Washington, D.C. where he specialized in complex civil litigation in the United States and abroad. While at Williams & Connolly he also taught advanced legal writing at the Law Center as an Adjunct Professor. Professor Perlin clerked for Chief Judge Robert A. Katzmann of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit and Judge Ellen Segal Huvelle of the U.S. District Court for the District of Columbia.
He received his J.D., magna cum laude, from Georgetown in 2012, where he was an Articles Editor for the Georgetown Law Journal and a law fellow in the Legal Research and Writing Program. He received his A.B., magna cum laude, from Princeton University and his A.M. in Religious Studies from the University of Chicago Divinity School where he studied contemporary Jewish and Christian ethics.
Jonah started the How I Lawyer Podcast in January 2021 in order to share the stories from lawyers across the profession about what they do, why they do it, and how they do it well. The goal of the podcast is to create permissionless networking opportunities at scale for the benefit of future law students, current law students, new lawyers, and seasoned practitioners.
He lives in Washington, D.C. with his wife Debra and two young daughters.
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