Between his first and second year of law school, Nicholas Rodriguez was working as a summer associate for W.L. Gore & Associates in Newark, DE. As a part of the in-house, global legal team for the makers of GORE-TEX fabric, he had lots of experience drafting memoranda on international trade, foreign law, and data privacy. As well as traditional legal research sites, he used the resources of the Association of Corporate Counsel (ACC) to help with his research. Now, through a partnership with the ACC and Maryland Carey Law’s Business Law Program, Nick got the chance to give back.
“A big part of the legal profession is writing,” he said in a recent interview. “I was familiar with the ACC through my work at Gore, and it was a chance to exercise my writing and research chops for a different kind of article,” other than the ones he writes and edits for the Journal of Business & Technology Law as its editor in chief. Rodriguez authored a “QuickCounsel” article on trademark and copyright issues arising from memetic marketing on social media.
ACC is a global bar association that promotes the common professional and business interests of in-house counsel who work for corporations, associations and other private-sector organizations through information, education, networking opportunities and advocacy initiatives.
“The opportunity that ACC has given our students to contribute to the industry before graduation is outstanding,” said Michelle Harner, professor and director of the Business Law Program. “And learning how to write thoughtful, in-depth yet concise research pieces to be used as resources for other lawyers gives them a good foundation as corporate lawyers, who regularly have to interpret the law and legal issues for lawyer and non-lawyer business clients.”