Law in Action Profile

Andrew Jaynes '07

Portrait of Andrew Jaynes

"I went into my 1L year with a
strong desire to have an inter-
national career, in whatever form
it might take. I had a feeling that
a law degree would open a lot of
doors, and it has."

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Hometown: Snohomish, Washington
Education: B.A., University of Michigan (English)
Law School Activities:

  • Member of Wisconsin Law Review and recipient of Best Managing Editor Award (2007)
  • Member, Moot Court Board
  • Publications, “What is Benevolence? Clarifying Wisconsin’s Real Property Tax Exemption for Benevolent Organizations and the Argument for the ‘Retirement’ of the Exemption for High-End Senior-Housing Complexes” (Volume 2006 Number 5 of the Wisconsin Law Review)
  • Proficient in French; basic Tagalog

Andrew Jaynes has a deep curiosity that drives him to explore the world. He has taken advantage of every chance he’s had to live overseas, traveling to six continents and more than thirty-five countries, and living abroad in four.

According to Andrew, living in different countries, learning new languages, and assimilating into different cultures has expanded his external view of the world and inspired a closer look at his own system of beliefs and motivations. It also helped him focus on the importance of legal systems and led him to Wisconsin to study law.

Andrew didn't come to law school knowing exactly what he wanted to do, but in the summer following his second year, the draw of an international job took him to Ottawa, Canada. There, he worked as a diplomatic intern in the Economic section at the United States Embassy, and as part of this work, he wrote a guide to help small American businesses protect their intellectual property in Canada. Andrew's summer internship experience paved the way for his position as a U.S. Fulbright Scholar in Manila, Philippines, where he studied the political economy of intellectual property rights (IPR) protection and enforcement in the Philippines. His Fulbright research has now been published, in the article “Why Intellectual Property Rights Infringement Remains Entrenched in the Philippines” (Pace International Law Review, Vol. 21, No. 1).

When Andrew completed his Fulbright, he had a wide range of options before him: the Foreign Service, an international consulting firm, a government agency, an NGO, or practicing law. His choice encompassed aspects of several of these: he is now General Counsel at the International Intellectual Property Institute (IIPI), a nonprofit, nonpartisan international development organization and think tank in Washington, D.C.

“I combined an existing interest in international affairs with a substantive background in intellectual property that I developed at the law school into an ideal public service job,” Andrew comments. “Wisconsin truly offers something for everyone.”

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