First, what’s a geek? It’s important, because I’m a big one.
To me it means being incredibly enthusiastic about the subjects and areas of life that interest you, not just “the law” or “baking” or “movies” but “the public domain” and “the perfect chocolate cookie” and “hardboiled detective films.”
Personally? I’m a life-long reader of comic books who also loves video games, boardgames, and tabletop role-playing games. When it comes to comics I pull from a wide variety, from independent sources as well as the big publishers, and am currently a regular reader of about five or six ongoing series. Videogames and tabletop role-playing games are also how I spend a decent amount of my now-limited free time; I pick up at least one new video game every few months, and am currently engaged in two weekly tabletop roleplaying games.
Several years ago I actually created a small role-playing game myself and have sold over 150 copies using Lulu.com as my print-on-demand service. I’ve got a few new ideas in the works, as well.
Second, I’m lucky enough that my ability to geek out about stuff extends to my love of learning and – of special note here – the law.
I graduated from Campbell University’s Norman Adrian Wiggins School of Law, and while my work there had a strong focus on trial advocacy (criminal and civil) I also had a strong interest in First Amendment and Intellectual Property Law.
Before law school I taught high school history and geography for four years at Chaminade-Madonna College Preparatory in Hollywood, Florida. I started as a member of the faculty there with a Bachelor’s Degree in History from the University of Mississippi, and no educational background whatsoever, a week before classes started.
It was probably the best thing that could have happened to me straight out of college; I learned how to organize, how to teach, how to get familiar with new information very quickly, and how to talk to large groups of people even when I was incredibly nervous. I was made the head of the freshman history syllabus that first semester, keeping that position for the next four years even when I was given more sophomore classes to teach, and also acted as Faculty Moderator of the school’s Sci-Fi Club.
It’s for all of these reasons that I started Geek Law and want to help the people who make the sort of things I love, people with passions I understand, create new things and protect their works.