Home Town: Sonoma, CA.
Undergraduate Degree: B.A., Economics, Stanford University
Career experience: Started an English language school in Montebelluna, Italy, and an online business helping clients attain Italian citizenship.
Career Interest: Intellectual Property Law
In the Information Age, few things are as valuable as a good idea. But in a time when computers and the Internet make information available instantaneously, across national borders, and without regard to patents, copyrights, or trademarks, how do individuals maintain ownership of their ideas and their creations? What rights do they have over the distribution of their intellectual property?
Deciding these kinds of questions will be a difficult task for the next generation of legal professionals, but it’s one that Eric Toscano, a member of the UC Davis School of Law Class of 2009 and principal attorney at Toscano Law, a San Francisco-based law firm representing entrepreneurs, startups, and small business in business law and intellectual property law matters, is eager to address.
Eric came to King Hall after graduating from Stanford and running two businesses: a school of English in Montebelluna, Italy, and an internet business offering services to people of Italian heritage seeking to obtain Italian citizenship. Realizing how much he enjoyed research, advising clients, and the mental gymnastics involved in navigating the intricacies of international law, he recognized that a career in law would be a natural fit, and soon found that UC Davis would be a good match for his priorities.
“I chose UC Davis School of Law because everyone familiar with it had only the greatest praise for it—specifically the outstanding faculty and collegial atmosphere,” said Toscano. “It was a perfect fit for me.”
The study of Intellectual Property Law provided Toscano with the opportunity to combine his interests in international commerce, languages, and travel with his enjoyment of problem-solving and innovation. He also took advantage of the opportunities afforded him at King Hall to develop relationships with other students as an officer in the Law Students Association and to hone his skills in the Law School’s Moot Court program. In his studies, in his practical training, and in his experience of the Law School community, King Hall exceeded his expectations.
“UC Davis School of Law is unique in that it offers a top quality legal education in a supportive, friendly environment,” said Toscano. “The faculty, which includes nationally recognized scholars in a number of fields, is approachable. The Moot Court, Trial Practice, and clinical programs all provide graduates with exceptional hands-on experience. And the thriving student life is rich with more than 50 student organizations representing a variety of ethnic, cultural, political, and law-related groups.”