IP Research Assistant Spotlight: Andrew Nemecek

Author: Program on IP & Technology Law

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Andrew Nemecek is a rising second-year law student from Eden Prairie, MN. He attended Notre Dame, graduating in 2019 with a B.S. in computer engineering. As an undergrad, Nemecek lived in Keough Hall, was a member of the Tau Beta Pi engineering honor society, and competed on the men’s rowing team. With an interest in intellectual property law, Nemecek returned to Notre Dame for law school. In addition to being a law student, he is also an assistant coach for the men’s rowing team. This summer, Nemecek will be working as a research assistant for Professor Kirsten Martin, furthering his interest in data privacy and protection. Read Nemecek’s answers to some of NDLawIP’s questions to learn more about his interest in IP and work this summer!


NDLawIP: What brought you to Notre Dame Law School and what sparked your interest in IP?

After 4 years at ND as an undergrad, I could not imagine myself going to law school anywhere other than NDLS. ND really is a “Home under the Dome.” I have been interested in IP for a while, and my undergraduate education in computer engineering solidified that interest. Although I was only able to take one IP elective during my first year, I feel like I made the right decision, and I am looking forward to taking more IP classes over the next two years. 

NDLawIP: What’s been your favorite thing about law school?

My favorite thing has definitely been the people. The students and the professors are all wonderful, intelligent people, and I enjoyed being able to get to know them throughout my first year. I also cannot complain about getting three more years of student tickets to the football games.

NDLawIP: What’s your favorite YouTube channel, Instagram account, or Twitter feed to follow now?

I am a big fan of Binging with Babish. I would probably struggle to recreate most of the food that he makes, but it is still very entertaining to watch. I will also give an honorary mention to the ND men’s rowing Instagram (@ndmensrowing).

NDLawIP: As Aristotle said, we are social animals. What are you doing to stave off cabin fever and maintain your humanity during this time of social distancing and working remotely over the summer?

I have been able to keep in touch with a lot of my friends from undergrad. We have been finding different ways to hang out virtually and play our favorite card games and board games from when we were in school together. I have also spent more time with my family, which I have enjoyed a lot.