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Chelsea Selvey

What event did you attend? 

I attended the 34th Annual National Federalist Society Student Symposium.

Where was the event located?

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

What happened at the event?

The event theme was “Law and Innovation” and it included several panels over a two-day period. The panels were comprised of four to five accomplished panelists from all over the nation discussing many different topics in relation to the theme. We were also given many networking events such as lunches, receptions, and a banquet dinner on the last night.

What was the most interesting part of the event?

The most interesting part of the event was the banquet dinner because it not only provided the best networking opportunities but was also accompanied by the most interesting panel. The topic of that panel was “Building Innovative Business Under Regulatory Uncertainty” and the panelists included the senior counsel for Airbnb and general counsel for Facebook. The panelists provided us with great advice and interesting perspectives on the law and innovation.

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

I learned about the difficulties companies such as Airbnb and Uber are facing while attempting to grow their businesses. These types of companies are extremely new and innovative, thus the law is still learning how to properly regulate them.

How did the event impact you professionally? 

The event had an incredible impact on me professionally because I was able to network with fellow law students from all over the nation. Also, I met several judges and law professors that discussed possibly speaking at the College of Law on behalf of the Federalist Society.

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

I would absolutely recommend this event to other students because it was educational but also extremely fun. This event provided great networking opportunities, as well as enlightening information on law and innovation.

This interview was conducted in Spring 2015.

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