Student Profile: Adam Losey

Published: January 20th, 2009

Category: News

One University of Florida law student has recently been given a unique opportunity to switch roles and become the teacher for a day.

Adam Losey, a third-year law student, was invited to speak on electronic discovery issues on Feb. 11, in New York City at ARMA International’s education workshop. Losey said that he was very lucky to be given this unique opportunity.

“I was excited about the opportunity,” Losey said when asked about his initial feelings. “I was surprised, and honored to be able to do this. I know it will be a valuable and fun experience for myself and the attendees.”

Losey will speak to attendees – predominantly records managers from large financial, insurance and legal organizations – about how to communicate effectively with counsel who may not have the same level technological sophistication. Losey said he is going to encourage the attendees to become more proactive in communicating with counsel.

“In some cases there isn’t much communication going on between [records managers and counsel], and if there is, it can be garbled. In light of recent case law, this is a problem,” he said.

Losey’s presentation will also cover the basic legal concepts entwined with electronic discovery. Losey, a participant in one of the first electronic discovery classes in the country, said that schools are starting to realize the importance of teaching electronic discovery and thinks that technology-centric classes will begin to pop up at law schools nationwide. With more law firms looking for students with technological sophistication, Losey believes offering these classes are the smart way to go.

“If someone is trained in this and understands it, they are going to have a heck of a better chance getting a job . . . law schools that are looking to best serve their students will adapt their traditional curriculums to meet this demand in the marketplace, as it is a marketplace where law students are otherwise relatively fungible,” he said.

Though Losey said he was lucky to get this opportunity, his resume likely helped him secure the gig. Losey, currently on the Florida Law Review, recently published Clicking Away Confidentiality: Workplace Waiver of Attorney-Client Privilege, 60 Fla. L. Rev. 1190 (2008). He is the recipient of the Florida Law Review’s Frank E. Maloney award and received a Goodmark scholarship last semester.

In 2006 he was a law clerk at the Second Judicial Circuit state attorney’s office and a summer associate at Foley & Lardner’s Orlando office in 2008. One of the most valuable experiences he had was serving as a law clerk to the Honorable Chief Judge Patricia C. Fawsett, a UF graduate, of the Middle District of Florida in 2007.

“Having opportunity to clerk for a federal judge while in law school was probably the tipping point in my law-school career”, said Losey, who will working as an associate in the litigation department of Foley & Lardner, LLP, starting Sept. 7, 2009. “Working for a judge is probably the most valuable experience you can get as a law student; you get to see what goes on behind the curtains, and you have the chance to be around an affable group of highly-dedicated and extremely intelligent people whom you can learn from.”

Recently, Losey co-authored an article with Ronald J. Hedges, counsel to Nixon Peabody and retired United States Magistrate Judge, and also with Kenneth N. Rashbaum, director of consulting for Fios, Inc. The article, titled, “Virtual Jurisdiction: Does International Shoe Fit In the Age Of the Internet?,” considers whether jurisdiction can be established through an Internet presence and whether Internet communications can fairly be used to provide notice and exercise jurisdiction over a defendant.