Alumni Spotlight: Daniel H. Shulman, JD ’99

Daniel H. Shulman is currently the Chief IP Counsel at Reynolds Group Holdings Ltd. and FRAM Auto Group and is a Loyola University Chicago School of Law alum. Dan has a math and science background from Northwestern University and had the intention of becoming a physicist. But throughout his schooling, including his 4th grade mock trial over Alice in Wonderland, Dan realized he had a knack for arguing and loved it. After reconsidering his interests, Dan decided that going to graduate school for physics was not his career path. Instead, he came to law school with the intention of becoming a patent lawyer. We recently had the opportunity to talk and ask Dan a few questions on his experience during and after law school in the field of IP.

Why should one choose Loyola University Chicago School of Law?
I can’t speak for other legal markets as I’ve been in Chicago my whole life. But, I can tell you that I don’t believe another law school in this market— and there are a number of very good law schools in Chicago—combines the quality of education with the sense of community that Loyola brings. The sense of camaraderie that is evident among the students during law school is a permanent bond. Chicago is such a great market for lawyers and legal work, that if I wanted to stay here for my whole career (as I did), Loyola was absolutely the right choice.

Tell us about your time at Loyola.
In my first year, I had Dean Kaufman for civil procedure, and he was a phenomenal teacher. He gave useful advice when I was trying to figure out if I was doing law school right. Other than that, first year was learning the basics of law school survival – learning different professors’ personalities, learning rules, etc. I still thought like a math or science student.  So around finals, I realized that my outlines were about 4-5 pages long, while my classmates had 30, 40, 100 page outlines.  The difference was they wrote their outlines in narratives and long text.  I wrote mine like equations, with notations I learned from math and science class, with arrows, and symbols, all to be shorthand for the rules.  People were jealous of my outlines because they were so short, but they couldn’t understand them!  But that was just how my brain worked.  I was part of law journal as the articles editor. I spent most of the time in the law journal office. I did moot court and the IP moot court competition. I also worked at the career services office. Throughout law school, I lived in Evanston, so I took the train every day and I also got married my 1L year, so I had to balance both home life and law school.

Was there anything you wished you would have done differently in law school that you did not realize until you started to practice?
I was lucky with the opportunities I got, so it’s hard to say because everything worked out in the end. Part of the reason is that even though I could have worked harder, and could have been in the library studying all day, I was dedicated to other personal interests that mattered to me. I took advantage of the fact that Loyola is a religion-based institution. The library has a ton of religious books, so I spent lots of free time in the library pursuing other interests of mine, particularly Jewish studies.

How was your job search experience?
To get a job my 1L, I wrote a letter to every single patent firm in the city and sent my resume. I finally had one guy reach out to me and did some patent prosecution work. I learned how to write patent applications that summer. The summer after 2L, I went to work for another small IP firm—this time four lawyers instead of one. I did mostly trademark litigation but I did a complete patent application that eventually issued several years later. That hands-on patent prosecution experience was the most important factor in me getting my first job out of law school. I had ended up taking the patent bar during my 3L year.  I did the Patent Law Interview Program and received an offer from Mayer Brown. The reason I got my first job at Mayer Brown was because of my patent prosecution experience in drafting patent applications.

How do you ensure you stay current with legal trends and continue to develop as an attorney?
In several ways. First, I speak frequently. I sit on panels, give speeches, attend conferences where I interact with peers and other Chief IP Counsels. Second, I read the newly published Federal Circuit cases every morning. They post at 10 a.m. and it takes about thirty minutes. Third, I still manage litigations, so I research the law frequently to make sure what I think is the law is still the current law.

Final words?
Once you get out into your career, especially as an IP lawyer, it’s very often a binary choice. You might be that lawyer who works crazy hours chasing partnership, and sacrifice a better quality of life in my opinion. The other option is to be the kind of lawyer that makes less money and is not considered for partnership right away but understands that trade-off for a decent lifestyle. You can work at the pace you want and know what you are giving up to focus on family. For me, the most important job and the job I’ve always wanted was to be a Dad. I can’t do both exceptionally well, so I had to find that balance and make some sacrifices to live the life I consider happy. Just have your eyes open and know what you want.

Interviewed by: Sneha Nyshadham, Juris Doctor Candidate, May 2020

 

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On the Road Again || The Law Admission Staff

Our JD Admission staff would like to invite you to an upcoming event we will be attending. The details are provided below.

Wisconsin Statewide Pre-Law Diversity Day
Friday, February 23, 2018
1:00 p.m. – 2:30 p.m.
Marquette University Law School
1215 W. Michigan St.
Milwaukee, WI 53233

Students can register for the event here.

If you are able to attend the program, please feel free to introduce yourself and learn more about Loyola University Chicago School of Law. We will be happy to answer any questions you may have about our law school, the curriculum, the student population, the city of Chicago, specialty areas, etc., as well as questions about the admission process.

Please also check out our recruitment calendar for other dates we may be at a location near you.

We look forwarding to meeting you!

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Keeping up with Keala: How to Survive your First Semester of Law School

Hi everyone!

This week, I’ll be giving a few tips for surviving your fist semester of law school. The transition from undergrad to law school can be tough, but stick with me and you’ll be “thinking like a lawyer” in no time.

First, complete your assigned readings CAREFULLY:

As I have mentioned in my earlier blogs, law schools across the board use the Socratic method, in which professors will “cold call” to incentivize their students to read the material carefully. This can be difficult when you are given 25-50 pages of reading for each class. One way to make this easier on yourself is to brief your cases. A case brief consists of key facts, the procedural history (what the lower court(s) ruled), the issue the current court is addressing, the holding of the court, the reasoning for their holding, and the rule that comes out of the case. Essentially, your brief will provide you with a quick reminder of what happened in the instance you’re asked any questions or to present the case. Case briefs are also very helpful when you begin to outline for final exams.

Second, attend tutor and professor office hours:

Loyola, in particular, offers many resources for its students to succeed; tutor and professor office hours being one of the many. Tutors are hand selected by both a committee and the individual professor, and are there to help students. Each of them has done exceptional in the class and have taken that particular professor, so they know what it takes to do well in the course. They attend each class, take notes, and hold weekly office hours, in which they recap what the professor went over in the previous class and answer any questions that students may have regarding substantive material. Professors also hold weekly office hours. If ever you have any questions about material, especially ones about what is important, go straight to the source. While tutors are extremely helpful, ultimately, it is the professor who is creating the final and issuing the grade; it is their opinion of the case law that truly matters. Take advantage of these opportunities. Not only will you get to know your tutors, but you will also begin to form a connection with your professor that will certainly become handy down the road.

Third, start studying for the final EARLY:

The beauty of Loyola, is that there is no class on Fridays; use that time each week to outline. Outlining is what will get you through finals. Even if the final is closed book, an outline will help you to synthesize and condense all of the information you have learned throughout the semester. This will include your mini case briefs, class notes, and office hour notes. Once you have your full outline, begin to memorize. While it seems like an impossible feat to memorize 30 pages for each class, the more you go over the material the more comfortable you will be. As you memorize, you can begin to cut out what you already know. Your goal is to make you’re final outline walking into the final as short as possible.

Flashcards are also very useful. Handwrite your flashcards to drill the information into your head. Many of my friends tested themselves on the train to and from school. I also purchased some pre-written flashcards on Amazon that provided hypothetical questions and answers to better my understanding and test myself on the material (I used them for both Torts and Property).

By Thanksgiving break, you should have all of your full outlines completed. Get this done so you can take the time to enjoy the holiday with your family. I was able to get my outlining out of the way during the semester, so that I could take both Thursday and Friday off.

After Thanksgiving, now comes the grind. You have made it so far, don’t stop now. Create a schedule of when you’re going to study each subject as well as take practice exams. Once you enroll, you’ll have access to TWEN, which is the way our professors communicate to us. It is where you’ll find their syllabus, course materials, etc. Through TWEN, you are able to access old exams that your professor has given. Although each professor will give you one or two of their past exams, this is a good resource if you want a little extra practice. Generally, exams are either three or four hours long, so allocate the time in your study schedule to create that same exam environment. This will help you more than you know going into the final exam.

You have put in so much effort thus far, now is your time to shine.

Once finals are over, relax relax relax. Christmas break is the one time we can do nothing. Enjoy the holidays and spend time with your family and friends. You deserve it!

Thanks so much for reading this week’s blog on how to survive your first semester!

Loxley Keala is a 1L at Loyola University Chicago School of Law.  She is blogging about the journey of her first year of law school. To search all posts written by her search the Loxley category on the right hand side. Questions for Loxley? Email law-admissions@luc.edu with the subject “Ask Loxley” and she will make sure to answer them in a future post.

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Attend our Weekend JD online information session–March 1, 12:00 p.m.

Imagine a part-time JD program that fits into your busy schedule. One that combines on campus classes with online course components, and one that features nationally renowned professors in a world-class city. Now, imagine that program meeting just 14 weekends a year. That is Loyola’s Weekend JD program—thoughtfully designed to turn your law school ambitions into reality.

Register Now to attend our Weekend JD online information session on March 1, 12:00 p.m.

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Law Preview’s One Lawyer Can Change The World $10k Scholarship

Are you the next great legal mind? In partnership with the Phi Alpha Delta Law Fraternity, Law Preview will be awarding one hard-working incoming law student $10,000 towards their 1L year.  The application deadline is April 15th and you can review scholarship details here.

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Keeping up with Keala: Aloha all! It’s so nice to be back!

Aloha all! It’s so nice to be back!

As it nears the height of application season, things can seem hectic and stressful; every day seeming like an eternity as you wait to hear back from schools. It’s completely natural to feel anxious about what your future holds. However, it all becomes worth it when you come home to find that acceptance envelope in the mail. This week I’ll be outlining your next steps before enrolling.

Schedule a Visit
Once you get accepted to a law school, schedule a visit! It’s difficult to make a decision that determines your next three years without getting to the know the campus and community. At Loyola, you can chat with our fabulous admission staff and ask them any questions you may have regarding timeline, procedure, etc. You can also schedule a tour of our campus. A current law student will take you on a guided tour of our building and along the way, describe what their day is like. Because each one has been through at least one full semester of law school, they know everything from time management and exam preparation techniques to the best study spots on campus (fourth floor library cubicles!). In addition, you can also sit in on a lecture. One of our class greeters will take you to one of their doctrinal classes, where you can meet a professor and get a preview of what law school is actually like. Almost every law school uses the Socratic method, which involves cold calling students. Class visits provide a good introduction to what you’ll be required to do. Don’t worry, professors never cold call visitors, so rest easy.

Let us your decision
Our first deposit, which lets us know you’ll be joining our Loyola community, is due by April 15. If you are accepted after that date, you can refer to the date listed on your acceptance letter.

File your FAFSA
Law school is an investment. Because of this, it is important to get your ducks in a row, i.e. registering and filing your FAFSA. FAFSA or Free Application for Federal Student Aid allows you to take out loans from the government to pay for law school.  Be sure to apply as soon as possible. Loyola’s School Code is 001710.

Apply for Outside Scholarships
Beyond scholarships from the university and loans, there are hundreds of organizations that grant scholarships. The key is applying to as many as you can. Your goal is to take out the least amount of loans as possible.  If you do your due diligence now, you’ll have less to worry about when you graduate. Loyola lists ones sent to them on their outside scholarship page.

We at Loyola take pride in our community. You’ll aim to help others reach their potential, just as others will help you to reach yours. We cannot wait to expand our Loyola family!

Thank you so much for reading this week. Stay tuned as I update my blog throughout the semester with tips and advice to make the most of your law school experience.

Loxley Keala is a 1L at Loyola University Chicago School of Law.  She is blogging about the journey of her first year of law school. To search all posts written by her search the Loxley category on the right hand side. Questions for Loxley? Email law-admissions@luc.edu with the subject “Ask Loxley” and she will make sure to answer them in a future post.

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Alumni Spotlight: Furqan Mohammed, BA ’08, JD ’12

It’s no secret that the taxi industry has been decimated in the last few years by the rise of ride-hail services like Uber and Lyft. In Chicago, taxi medallion owners who once paid $350,000 to buy one of the city’s 7,000 licenses have seen their value plummet to less than $35,000. While it’s hard to argue with paying less for the same service, it’s not hard to see how unfair it is that the City of Chicago holds these drivers to two different standards.

“Now anyone can become a driver,” said Furqan Mohammed (BA ’08, JD ’12), who quit his job as a commercial litigator at a major Chicago law firm to help these small business owners who were at risk of losing everything. In early 2017, he cofounded Mohammed, Shamaileh & Tabahi, LLC, in Glenview, which has become the leading law firm in Illinois for negotiating and settling medallion debt.

“For decades, taxi operators leased a medallion and saved up to eventually buy one of their own,” he said. “For many immigrant families—from India, Pakistan, Ethiopia, Somalia, and other countries—medallion ownership was a way to build a middle-class life in America. But now many are severely underwater on their loans. Worse, it wasn’t just the medallion values that dropped, but also the income they generated.”

While providing free legal advice at a community center on Devon Avenue several years ago, a woman from Cab Drivers United asked Mohammed if he could talk to drivers who were behind on their payments. Their contracts were long, dense and backed by a personal guaranty. “They were on the hook personally, so every asset they had could be seized if they defaulted.”

Many of his clients came here 30 years ago thinking they would use a medallion as a retirement nest egg. Instead, they find themselves working 60 hours a week to earn half of what they used to earn.

Mohammed and his firm have renegotiated or settled numerous cases. Some lenders are willing to lower the payments, while others allow for a discounted cash buyout. But others refuse to budge, forcing these taxi operators to give up and file bankruptcy or work unsustainable hours to pay the loans.

“It breaks my heart to see these families suffering, and I’m grateful I was in a position to step up and help. I will continue fighting on their behalf.”

Original article.

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Race and the Law Symposium – Wednesday, February 28

Loyola’s Race and the Law Symposium is designed to raise awareness of the legal issues affecting minority communities. This symposium seeks to explore the intersections of race and education in the city of Chicago. Although the Supreme Court held in San Antonio Indep. School Dist. v. Rodriguez that education is not a fundamental right, the importance of education in American society is undisputed. In Chicago, every student does not have access to a quality education. The lack of funding provided to Chicago Public Schools (CPS) has been a historic battle. As of 2017, the Chicago Tribune reported that CPS students, who are 90% of color, and make up 20 percent of state enrollment, only receive 15 percent of state funding.  The Black Law Students Association’s 2018 Race and Law Symposium will address topics surrounding school funding, passage of state legislation, community organizing, school to prison pipeline, and more.

LEARN MORE

RSVP: acarpenter6@luc.edu

AGENDA

Welcome & Opening Remarks
Professor Neil Williams, Loyola University Chicago School of Law

Featured Speaker Address
Dr. Teresa Ramos, Advance Illinois

Panelists
Dr. Patricia Davis McCann, Formerly of Chicago Public Schools
Jamel Greer, Franczek Radelet P.C.
Ariel Johnson, Illinois Network of Charter Schools
Michelle Mbekeani-Wiley, Sargent Shriver National Center on Poverty Law
Demarco Pitre, Rodney D. Joslin Perspectives Charter School
Rupa Ramadurai, Illinois State Board of Education, Office of the General Counsel
Moderator: Professor Miranda B. Johnson, Loyola University Chicago School of Law

 

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Financing Your Legal Education Webinars

Law school is an important investment. Making informed decisions about how to finance that investment is crucial. These sessions will help you to understand the costs of pursuing legal education and the financial aid application process. AccessLex will also review the available financing options and identify ways for you to be financially prepared to achieve your educational goals.
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On the Road Again || The Law Admission Staff

Our JD Admission staff would like to invite you to an upcoming event we will be attending. The details are provided below.

People to People Career Fair
Wednesday, February 7, 2018
12:00 p.m. – 5:00 p.m.
Iowa State University
Scheman Building
1805 Center Dr
Ames, IA 50011 
 

If you are able to attend the program, please feel free to introduce yourself and learn more about Loyola University Chicago School of Law. We will be happy to answer any questions you may have about our law school, the curriculum, the student population, the city of Chicago, specialty areas, etc., as well as questions about the admission process.

Please also check out our recruitment calendar for other dates we may be at a location near you.

We look forwarding to meeting you!

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