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Matt Reese: Road’s Show Manager And New Law School Graduate

You might think that managing a premiere quilt show that hosts over 39,000 attendees from around the world and features over 500 vendors is a challenge, try adding to that law school student!! That’s exactly what Road’s show manager, Matt Reese, has been doing the past four years. Matt's Graduation5

Why did Matt want to pursue a law degree in addition to his Road duties? His undergraduate degree was in music performance. Knowing that one day he wanted to have a family, he knew that he needed a career.  Gigging was fun, but it wouldn’t pay the bills and allow Matt to start his life the way he had imagined.  Because he had always liked winning arguments, (so much that his family had joked that he would make a good lawyer), Matt decided to go for law school. It didn’t take long for Matt to discover that he really enjoyed the study of law.images

Matt started law school at the University of La Verne, in the fall of 2011, going part-time in the evening. He chose that school because it was close to home and offered him a great scholarship. His favorite classes have involved property and business organizations.  Biz Orgs was taught by a professor who specialized in fortune 500 mergers and acquisitions. Matt learned all about the inside world of large corporations and how to take a corporation public.

He did not like Constitutional law.  Matt thought it was too dry and based on the decisions of nine people who may or may not see the law as black and white or grey or blue or who knows what.  (For those who disagree and enjoy con law, Matt recommends they read Wickard v. Filburn and then explain to him why a farmer can’t grow a little extra wheat on his farm to feed his family).   

During Road 2015, while Matt was finishing up his law school courses, he was leading a double life. He would work at Road from 6 am to 6 pm and then go to class from 6:30 pm to 9:30 pm. Thanks to his family and especially wife, he was able to balance both of these demanding responsibilities.

Matt graduated with his Juris Doctorate in Law on May 16, 2015. Matt's Graduation4

He is currently undertaking a ten week, seven days a week, twelve hours a day comprehensive test prep program at La Verne.   It covers the thirteen subjects that will be tested on the California Bar Exam over three days at the end of July. Matt’s wife Jennifer points put that Matt is totally consumed right now with his test preparation and is devoting his full attention to this endeavor.Matt's Graduation

But Roadies need not fear: Matt assures us that he worked very hard before he began studying for the bar to make sure Road would run smoothly this summer. Currently, the Road office staff is finalizing the Road 2016 class schedule so that registration can open the beginning of July.Matt's Graduation3

We wish Matt the best of luck on the bar exam and look forward to his return to his Road duties in August.


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8 Responses to “Matt Reese: Road’s Show Manager And New Law School Graduate”

  1. Jenny Bacon says:

    Congratulations Matt, a very well deserved reward for all your hard work!

  2. Kerry Faraone says:

    Congratulations, Matt!! I know how hard you work at BOTH Law and Road…
    awesome news!!

  3. Congratulations, Matt. You have always been helpful in helping and supporting the quilt appraisers at Road to California..

  4. Angie Booth says:

    As a licensed attorney, seamstress and quilter for many years, I wish Matt the best of luck in his new career as an attorney. Deciding to go to law school was one of the best decisions I ever made. But warning, warning Will Robinson, no one should study seven days a week, 12 hours a day for months. Balance and self care, including having fun, exercising and getting sleep, are essential in both exam prep, career and hobbies. Find your own pace.
    The best thing Matt can do right before the exam is … nothing. Relax for 24 – 48 hours. And take breaks along the study schedule. Our minds reach a saturation point at which it is better to watch tv or go for a walk or socialize.
    The best advise for the bar exam essay section that a professor gave to me: If you don’t know the rule, make up a reasonable one and analyze the hell out of it.
    My advise: sleep well the nights before and bring ear plugs.
    Good luck!

  5. Congratulations Matt! I know all of your hard work will payoff in success.
    Beast wishes for you and your family.
    Cathy Van Bruggen

  6. Joyce Bachelder says:

    What a wonderful accomplishment. Matt is to be CONGRATULATED and so is his very supportive wife and family. I know all of them made many sacrifices in order for this dream to come true!

  7. Diane Hyde says:

    Congratulations on your accomplishment. Wishing for you to “blow the socks off” the bar exam!

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