Anderson Duff has a background in media law, and his current practice focuses on trademark, copyright, and other areas of intellectual property. “The most rewarding aspect of my current position is obtaining positive results for my clients,” he said. “I also have the good fortune of working with some of the brightest collegial attorneys I have met in my career thus far. Additionally, the firm encourages even junior associates to take on pro bono projects, which can be a great deal of fun and a great way to learn.”
The hours Anderson spent in the Moot Court office at MSU College of Law served as his introduction to the type of legal research he now does on a daily basis. “I remember falling asleep on the sofa in that office and waking up to find pictures of myself sleeping posted online by friends of mine in the Trial Advocacy program,” he said. “For those who wanted to, there were plenty of opportunities for students on the Moot Court Board to participate in mock trial practices and vice versa. Professor Filiatrault always encouraged us to take leadership roles in our moot court teams, which is part of the reason our teams are consistently successful at national competitions.”
For Anderson, the law school's strength is in its faculty. “There were so many professors who went out of their way to encourage and engage students. There are too many to name, but some that will always stand out for me are Professors Kuykendall, Candeub, Pager, Costello, Bean, Fletcher, and Lawrence. Professor Costello's research and writing class was one of the most fun and useful classes I took,” he said.
Anderson reminds law students that “you get out of law school what you put into it.” He pointed out that students will have more flexibility during the three years of law school than they will when practicing law. “Be as involved as you can, and get involved in a wide range of activities,” he said.