I was in my early twenties when I became a law student at Harvard.
I had recently graduated from law school and had recently taken a job at a law firm that was suing Apple in an attempt to stop them from infringing on my iPhone’s software.
As a lawyer, I was supposed to be able to use my own legal resources to defend Apple, but the job of defending them wasn’t really in my control.
I was the only student in the firm and the only one from outside the firm who was a lawyer.
I was also the only person who could bring up Apple’s legal theories on the record.
I used my legal skills to try to argue in the case.
When I tried to raise my hand, the attorney who was representing Apple argued in my favor.
The other side countered that I was a non-lawyer and therefore could not argue my case.
I remember thinking, Oh, shit.
I think I’m going to get fired.
But I had an even more surreal experience.
When the case came before the court, I could hear a professor say, You know, if I am going to argue this case, I have to be an expert.
I have no expertise in anything, so I have a duty to prove myself, and if I don’t, I will be dismissed.
So, I thought, This is insane.
But it was true.
When you are a student, you think, I don