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Luczak learns from 7th Circuit dry run

By: Jane Pribek//September 19, 2012//

Luczak learns from 7th Circuit dry run

By: Jane Pribek//September 19, 2012//

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While attending law school in Chicago, Jason Luczak spent time for his appellate advocacy class watching oral arguments before the 7th Circuit.

Occasionally, it didn’t go very well for the attorneys.

“I’ve seen a few newer lawyers practically crying as they walked out of the courtroom,” Luczak said.

Little did he know that just three short years after graduating, he’d be making an appearance in that same courtroom, before those same jurists.

Luczak prepared as thoroughly as he could and braced himself for whatever might happen. He’s comfortable with public speaking, having worked as a reporter for the local PBS station and run the student TV news program while earning his bachelor’s at Ball State.

Luczak said he was pleased to report his 2011 oral arguments, at age 28, went well, sans tears or knocking knees.

He’d be even happier to report his client’s conviction for child enticement was overturned. But he can’t. The court found error regarding the federal district court’s admission of other-acts evidence, albeit harmless, in U.S. v. Knope.

Undeterred, Luczak filed a petition for certiorari with the U.S. Supreme Court. Although the justices didn’t accept the case, he said, it was nonetheless an incredible learning experience.

“If I could do it all again,” Luczak said, “I would.”

What was your worst law school course?

Civil procedure because my computer died during the final. But even worse was studying for the bar exam.

Do you have any tattoos?

I do. It’s a Latin phrase that I like, ‘Sic transit gloria mundi,’ which basically means, ‘All glory is fleeting; appreciate everything you have and every day you have.’

What famous person would you most like to have a drink with?

You didn’t say it has to be a living person, so how about Abraham Lincoln or Clarence Darrow? If it’s someone who’s alive, I pick Mick Jagger or Keith Richards, even though I probably wouldn’t understand a word he’s saying.

What profession would you not like to participate in?

I would hate to be a mover. I hate moving. It’s the worst thing in the world.

What is the first concert you went to?

AC/DC with my dad and brother. I was in seventh grade. It was pretty cool.

Which words or phrases do you most overuse?

‘At the end of the day’

Who are your favorite writers?

I love the ‘Freakonomics’ books by Steven Levitt and Stephen Dubner and ‘The Black Swan,’ by Nassim Nicholas Taleb, not the Natalie Portman movie.

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