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Austin Moore

What event did you attend?

I attended The Federalist Society Student Symposium in Chicago, IL.

Where was the event located?

The event was located at the University of Chicago Law School campus.

What happened at the event?

The event’s topic for this year’s symposium was Law and Innovation. There were speakers from all over the country who came to speak with the students about new innovations in the law and how it may affect the legal institute heading forward.

What was the most interesting part of the event?

The most interesting part of the event was hearing all the different speakers. We were able to listen to, and speak with, Judge Easterbrook of the United States Court of Appeals for the Seventh Circuit, as well as many other important people. Their knowledge was an inspiration to us all and how we can strive to become like that.

What is a new or emerging topic that you learned about?

A new topic we learned about was the way patents are done. There was a whole panel on the shift in the patent industry in order to become more efficient with how they choose what patents to approve and decline for use.

How did the event impact you professionally? 

I was able to make some fantastic contacts. Not only professionally, such as Josh Blackman, but with other student leaders who may come in handy in the future.

Would you recommend the event to other students? If so, why? 

I would certainly recommend this event to other students. The Federalist Society is known as a Conservative/Libertarian society, however, the topics presented at the symposium were not politically biased or aimed at promoting a political side. They touched upon all political sides and ways that we as students can think about them going forward. This event, and the Society as a whole, is for anyone yearning to learn more about the law and the way our society works.

This interview was conducted in Spring 2015.

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