My name is Caleb Green and I’m excited to be a contributor to Legally Melanated! I am looking forward to bringing you regular blog posts and content related to being a black attorney and my take on various other areas of the legal industry. However, before I dive in, I’d like to introduce and share a little about myself and what kind of content you can expect from me.
I currently reside in Las Vegas, Nevada where I am also licensed to practice law. Las Vegas has been my home for the last twelve years. I am a proud two-time alumnus from the University of Nevada, Las Vegas (UNLV). I graduated from the UNLV Howard R. Hughes College of Engineering with a Bachelor’s in Computer Science and a minor in Economics in 2015. Just recently, I graduated from the William S. Boyd School of Law at UNLV with a Juris Doctorate degree with a concentration in intellectual property law. I now practice at Dickinson Wright PLLC—an international law firm—as an associate attorney in their Las Vegas office, focusing mostly on intellectual property, immigration, and cyber-security matters. Although I now call Vegas home, I am a proud Lansing, Michigan native.
My Law School Admissions Journey
Although my legal career is off to a great start, my law school admissions journey was a challenge. My law school journey began in undergrad when my great uncle—a now-retired attorney—encouraged me to consider law school. I soon took an interest in pursuing a legal career, but that did not come without its obstacles. Although my great uncle was an attorney, he was retired, so I really did not have anyone to give me any guidance on the law school admissions landscape in the modern era.
Like many aspiring lawyers, I had my share of barriers to overcome. Namely, the dreaded LSAT. I took the LSAT twice with very little preparation. Being an engineering student, I thought I was smart enough to just take the test and do well. That was not the case, as I soon learned. After my second attempt, my score was well below the median score for admission at UNLV’s law school. I found myself on the wait-list and was forced to wait an entire year to reapply. I was devastated, but I used that time to properly prepare for the LSAT and ultimately increased my score and was admitted to the 2016 entering class.
Content I Will Bring
I share this because I find that students of color are often left without a blueprint for the law school journey and have to figure it out alone—as I did. My hope is that I bring content that is not only relatable but also helpful for aspiring and current law students of color. You can expect tips, advice, and tidbits that will aid you as you matriculate through the law school experience.
I also plan to tackle various legal topics. As I mentioned, I have a technical background and a leg in the intellectual property arena. While the legal industry as a whole is lacking in diversity, when it comes to tech law and intellectual property diversity gets even more scarce. Accordingly, I plan to be a sounding board for current events and trending topics in the tech and cybersecurity law industries.
You can also expect some interesting takes on immigration law. While the media frames immigration as largely a Latinx issue, it is a universal issue. It affects people from all races and creeds, including those throughout the spectrum of black diaspora.
Beyond the content, I’m looking forward to connecting with you all and continuing to grow the Legally Melanated family.