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Seamus O’Connor

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Brief Background: I am the director of compliance for a global manufacturer. I have been there for the past 3.5 years. Before that, I worked in the field of corporate social responsibility. I traveled to factories worldwide to evaluate them with regard to environmental, health, safety, and labor standards. 

Top 3 favorite activities:

My top priority is my family. My son turned one on the first day that classes started. His future is a big reason why I am taking on law school. I want to provide opportunities for him and my wife that we may not have had otherwise.   

Favorite class at L&C:

With only one semester under my belt, I only have a few to choose from. I feel that each has the potential to be my favorite. If I were forced to choose, I’d say Civil Procedure with Professor Robert Klonoff. The content is not my favorite, but the experience that he brings as a practitioner adds great value to the course.

Why law school?

My decision to go to law school was spurred by a conversation with my boss. He is the general counsel at my work and one day in October 2014 while talking about my future at the company, he asked me if I had ever thought of law school. I see law school as a good way to advance my career. Many compliance professionals have a legal background. Furthermore, I envision myself as a general counsel someday—thus law school is a key step.

Adjusting to law school: 

The hardest thing about adjusting to law school is giving up the many things that I was involved in. In addition to my family, I ran an entrepreneur group, practiced improv, belonged to a gym, and ran a lot. Giving up that time has been a challenge. Especially the time with my family.

Top 9 favorite things to do in Portland:

  1. Go see a Timbers match—the atmosphere is excellent—and they just won the 2015 MLS Cup.
  2. Eat at one of Koi Fusion’s food trucks—they mix Korean and Mexican.
  3. Go to a show at McMenamin’s Edgefield for its great atmosphere.
  4. Do the Four T trail through the city (train, trail, tram, trolley)—it’s a great way to get some views of the city.
  5. Happy hour at the Portland City Grill in the summer time (no rain) to get a view from the highest restaurant in town.
  6. In early fall do the “Fruit Loop” in Hood River—visit several wineries and orchards.
  7. Take the Amtrak to Seattle in the late afternoon/early evening for a good sunset ride—sit on the left side of the car for the better views or in the sightseer deck of the Empire Builder.
  8. Grab a Pine State biscuit at the PSU farmers market (open Saturdays).
  9. Head out to Cannon Beach to get a photo of Haystack Rock—It’s where the end of Goonies was filmed. 
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