Saturday, March 10, 2012
Jeff and I go back several years. Back in the mid-2000s, Indiana Law was interviewing candidates for what would eventually become the Elmore Entrepenuership Law Clinic. Jeff was a unique candidate because he had done both litigation and transactional work in private practice. After becoming a partner at a NLJ 250 law firm, he became the general counsel/senior V.P. at a publicly traded company. What a skill set! After his company merged with another large enterprise, it was time to do something new, different, and more challenging.
Jeff had a phenomenal skill set for a clinical position, but the most striking aspect of his candidacy was his passion for ideas and innovation. Kant and Posner came up at lunch, and so did "lean" manufacturing principles and how they might apply to law. Finally I had met someone who could walk fluidly between the theoretical and the practical--at the time, I was unsure if such a combination was even possible. Encountering it for the first time, I found it eye-opening, refreshing, and invigorating. Jeff was eventually flooded with other offers, but we became permanent friends.
We asked Jeff to join The Legal Whiteboard because of his unique combination of experience, passion and commitment to improving any enterprise to which he belongs. Fortunately, this commitment includes legal education and the legal profession as whole.
With that, I am handing off a full set of Dry Erase markers to Jeff.
[Posted by Bill Henderson]