OBF Chapman-Rogers Scholarship Recipient
Name: Robert Stevens
Hometown: Sulphur, OK
Law School: Oklahoma City University School of Law
Graduation Year: 2019
What filed of law are you studying?
I am interested in Intellectual Property, which is what I wrote my Case Note about and I’m currently pursing admission to the USPTO as a patent agent (once I pass the Oklahoma Bar, I will convert my status to Patent Attorney).
Where did you attend undergrad?
I went to Oklahoma State University for my undergrad and to Northeastern State University for my graduate degree.
What was your Major/Minor?
My undergraduate major was Electrical Engineering and my graduate degree was Business (MBA).
What year did you graduate?
I graduated in December 2005 with my BSEE and May of 2010 with my MBA.
What are your short-term and long-term goals, professionally & personally?
My short-term goal is to take and pass the USPTO exam this December and to pass the Oklahoma Bar exam in 2019.
My long-term goal is to become an Intellectual Property attorney in the Oklahoma City area. I’m also interested in spending more time with my family after graduation.
What made you decide to attend law school?
I wanted to have flexibility in my career, while still being able to provide for my family. I also wanted to prove that I could do it. I dropped out of high school in the tenth grade and I’m the first person from my family to graduate with a four-year degree. I want to set an example for others to follow.
Are there any laws or social rules that completely baffle you?
Yes, most all of them. The more I learn about both, the more I realize how little I know. Also, as an engineer and an introvert I tend to shy away from social events as much as possible. I see the relevance, and I know how to interact, but I feel so drained afterwards.
What historical figure inspires you and why?
It is a toss up between Thomas Edison and Sir Isaac Newton. They were both brilliant men, but each had something unique that made them stand out. Thomas Edison is known for failing over ten-thousand times in his venture to invent the first long-lasting incandescent light bulb. He inspires me because I know each time I miss, I’m only learning a new way not to successful complete my goal. Sir Isaac Newton, when questioned about how a single man could accomplish so much, stated: if I have done anything, it is because I stand on the shoulders of giants who came before me. This to me says that he was a humble man, but he was resourceful because he learned from other’s successes and mistakes.
What is the most important thing you have learned in law school or undergrad?
That graduation is not the end, but the beginning of my education. Once I graduate and pass the bar, my real education will begin. I have also learned that there are few black and white answers in the real world.