During the process of selecting a law school, Richard Marsh Jr. had narrowed his list to a few top-tier schools. He was excited about Michigan Law but was torn between moving to Ann Arbor or choosing another school from his list. "For me, the opportunity to be a Darrow Scholar helped cement my decision. Looking back, I am extremely grateful that I made that choice."
He is grateful for the financial freedom the Darrow Scholarship provided, enabling him to be more selective with professional opportunities during his 1L and 2L summers and after graduation. He was able to tailor his summer employment to his professional and personal goals without the fear of law school debt driving the decision on financial terms alone. Marsh also considers receiving the Darrow Scholarship a tremendous honor. "Michigan Law consistently attracts amazing talent and the list of past Darrow Scholars is incredible. I am thankful that I had the privilege of joining those prestigious ranks."
One of Marsh's primary achievements coming out of law school was clerking for the Hon. William C. Bryson for the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit. He considers his Darrow Scholarship, his experiences at Michigan Law, and the relationships he formed with his professors as key to that success. "The relationships I formed with my fellow students and the name recognition of Michigan Law also have opened many doors for me professionally. The combination of the Darrow Scholarship, my Michigan Law degree, and my federal circuit clerkship has been a launching pad for my career. Many of the opportunities for significant personal growth arose because of my legal training, which all started with the Darrow Scholarship."
Marsh recently joined Medtronic as in-house patent counsel and supports many of its business units. Previously, he was a partner at Faegre Baker Daniels in Denver, where he assisted companies in protecting their intellectual assets and served as lead counsel in several inter partes review proceedings in response to patent infringement lawsuits. He also helped defend Faegre Baker Daniels's victories on appeal to the federal circuit and the U.S. Supreme Court.
Personally, Marsh says that the financial support of the Darrow Scholarship was more meaningful than he could have imagined. "My wife and I welcomed twin sons into the world during my 1L year," he said. Because of health complications, the twins endured a prolonged stay in the Neonatal Intensive Care Unit. "The financial support from the Darrow Scholarship took a tremendous load off my shoulders, enabling me to focus on my class load and my new responsibilities without drowning under the weight of the ensuing hospital bills."
"With all the opportunities Michigan Law makes possible, having the freedom to embrace a path that maximizes personal fulfillment and professional satisfaction may be the greatest benefit of being a Darrow Scholar."
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