Instead, I'll just list a few of the points he made in his speech that I wrote down on the back of a paper I was editing. None of this was earth-shattering, but rather things that we all need to hear. I think it was especially needed because everyone at law school is still on edge about the job market and Tom addressed that head-on. Moreover, advice typically feels more meaningful from a person who has been in your shoes and is now very successful.
- Do what you love.
- Volunteer your time.
- Value your relationships.
- Find a niche that people want and that you are interested in, and stand your ground.
- Do not be afraid to ask for fear people will say no.
- Do not wait until the last minute to write your briefs; they will be much better if you walk away from them for a day.
- Art of the possible. Recognize when you can sway the Scalias and the Breyers of the world, and when you cannot.
- Argue the details and what people do not already know.