Good day yesterday, except for the ‘being sick’ part

Folks I got to learn from yesterday:

  • Michael Koskoff,  trial lawyer and main character in the book Damages, which we’ve been using in my Torts class. He came to speak in said Torts class. Was interesting- clearly this is a man who likes his job (‘I’m like Robin Hood- I steal from the rich and give 2/3rds to the poor’) and really, really dislikes doctors. Seems to think that the medical insurance/health care system is broken, but like democracy, less broken than all the other options. Takeaway: glad I won’t become an ambulance chaser, and more certain that the system needs fixing.
  • Giuliano Amato, former prime minister of Italy and expert in EU competition law (aka antitrust law for Americans). Got to listen to him talk about EU competition law for two days, during lunch. Was really good, but should have been longer- a week of seminars would have let him get far deeper into the meat of the issues which he only barely skimmed in two days. Big takeaway: EU antitrust law does not formally have an ‘efficiency’ defense, and often puts the burden of proof on the defendant, which seems to explain a large chunk of why MS has been less success there than here.
  • Alvin Schall, Judge on the Federal Circuit (aka the US’s patent court). Interesting two-hour talk covering the working of the court (nutshell: clerks do a surprising (to me) amount of the work), the Supreme Court’s recent interest in patent cases (nutshell: he thinks that most of it is because of the increased interest in patents generally, not any new level of scrutiny of his course), and some career advice. Good seminar that I’m glad I went to. No particularly important takeaways, except that it sounds like working in the Federal Circuit as a clerk would be interesting.

Headcolds I got yesterday:

  • a nasty one. Thankfully I was ahead in my reading before I collapsed a little after 9 last night.