1. What is a favorite Law School memory?
At the risk of being too corny, I would have to say my favorite Law School memory happened when, after a fun Bar Review evening, a fellow law student and I danced for the first time at the Evil Olive. We are now happily married.
2. Is there a particular course, clinic, or program that you participated in while attending the Law School, or an idea or theory, which has proven particularly helpful in your current work?
I participated in the Willem C. Vis International Commercial Arbitration Moot twice (as a 2L and as a 3L), traveling to Vienna, Austria, both times to attend the moot. It was an incredibly enriching experience that exposed me to the work involved in international arbitration and created wonderful networking opportunities. It was particularly rewarding because the school did not have an official program for this moot—I, along with a classmate of mine, built the team from scratch and convinced the Law School to support our initiative. Our hard work was rewarded by an Honorable Mention for one of our pleadings.
3. What skill or idea that you learned at Law School do you routinely incorporate into your work?
The 1L Legal Research & Writing workshop taught me invaluable lessons in clearly articulating my arguments. I am grateful for my writing instructor’s near-religious obsession with the Issue, Rule, Application, and Conclusion (IRAC) method. It is not overrated.
4. What are you currently reading?
Sadly, I am currently reading the draft of an expert report that will be submitted in less than a week. But when the filing is over, I hope to pick up where I left off with Paul Kalinithi’s When Breath Becomes Air.
5. What do you enjoy most about your work?
I most enjoy thinking about legal strategy and drafting legal arguments. I particularly enjoy crafting new and creative arguments in the context of investor-state arbitration, where there is still so much room to shape the law.
6. Why is it important to you to support the Law School?
I am very grateful for having had the opportunity to experience the unparalleled legal education provided by the Law School, and I hope that my support will help future students receive the same opportunity that I had.
About Andreas S. Baum
Associate, Hughes Hubbard & Reed LLP
- University of Chicago Law School, JD, 2012, Staff Member, Legal Forum
- Dartmouth College, BA, 2007
- New York, 2013
Areas of Focus
- Arbitration & ADR
- Investment Treaty Arbitration