Given the nature of our evolving economy and a shifting job market that relies on innovation and entrepreneurship, it’s a good thing that people such as Amanda Gomm are going to law school.
She received her bachelors in music education from Brigham Young University in 1997. For several years she taught music and preschool and started a family. She eventually returned to school for a master’s in writing with an emphasis in digital book publishing from Portland State University, graduating in 2011.
After obtaining her graduate degree, Gomm co-founded a publishing company, Digital Bindery, which assists authors with e-book creation, digital publishing and online marketing strategies. She has become an expert in this burgeoning field, giving numerous speeches and presentations on the topic, and teaching digital publishing as an adjunct faculty member at Portland State University.
Questions from clients about intellectual property, copyright, piracy, and encryption led Gomm to pursue law school to study intellectual property and business law. As a law student, Gomm has spent many hours working in Lewis & Clark Law School’s Small Business Legal Clinic (SBLC), where she assists clients with issues ranging from business contracts to intellectual property rights.
In addition to running a business, teaching, working in the clinic and attending law school, Gomm is now a single-mother, raising three school-aged children.
Gomm manages to juggles many important priorities, and still succeeds in her law classes.
The SBLC provides low-income small businesses with the legal assistance they need to obtain and maintain economic independence and success. For her client who is primarily Spanish speaking and is starting a cleaning business, Gomm drafted and redrafted many times a client contract to make sure it was in plain language. Her hard work paid off. The client understood the importance of each contract term and felt comfortable presenting the contract to her clients, who are primarily English speaking.
For her client who is developing a music teaching curriculum, Gomm put together an overall intellectual property strategy that included copyright preregistration and registration applications, a licensing agreement, a trademark application, a publicity waiver and release, and a confidentiality agreement. She assembled it all for the client in a comprehensive memo discussing intellectual property rights and how the strategy protects the client’s rights.
Both of Gomm’s clients were excited about how her legal assistance will help their businesses succeed. In addition, Gomm, with a student colleague, developed an informative and entertaining presentation on branding and trademarks, which they presented to the Muslim Educational Trust Professional Network.
Gomm is one of 25 future lawyers honored in the National Jurist’s 2017 “Law Student of the Year” feature. Find more honorees here.