Secret Lives at PMH: Joby Richard


By: Liz Wong

Ladies and Gentlemen, I give you…Joby Richard.

Q: What are you most excited for regarding your 2L year?

A: 2L year is having choice in my course load and having vested interested in classes that I take.

Q: What kind of extra-curriculars are you involved in?

A: I want to get involved in the Mental Health Organization. I really think that’s a good organization for law students, especially dealing with the stress of classes and balancing a life with it.  Also, I want to join the Environmental or the Energy Society because I’m really interested in pursuing that certificate and maybe a media law organization.

Q: How do you plan on juggling all those extra-curriculars and classes?

A: It just takes prior planning.  It’s the key to everything.  You make sure you do everything ahead of schedule or at least have some sort of blocked out schedule and I think you’re going to succeed at whatever you put your mind to.

Q: What would you say your favorite place to go is, like on the weekends with friends, etc.?

A: I love going to different restaurants.  I’m sort of a “foodie” and so I love to go out and eat with friends to sort of de-stress and unwind.  I’m at the gym a lot and you’ll catch me sometimes at the movies when I just can’t stand to look at another book.

Q: What kind of movies do you enjoy watching?

A: It’s kind of cheesy but I am a rom-com fanatic.  I like Disney movies.  I love fantasy.  I like any movie that let’s you escape from reality for a couple hours.

Q: I know you’re a television person.  What are you most looking forward to that is coming up on TV?

A: Well, I not only have a schedule for classes, I have a television schedule for primetime as well.  I do like watching things live and in the moment.  There are all kinds of new shows: Scream Queens, American Horror Story: Hotel,, and Dancing with the Stars.  So, I have pretty much a week-long lineup.

Q: If you could have dinner with anyone, who would it be? Why?

A: I would love to sit down with Justice Sandra Day O’Connor.  Because Sandra Day O’Connor was a woman who broke through the glass ceiling and kind of climbed to the top of our game.  What I want to know is what that struggle was like and I want to know how she made it through the bad times. She was a moderate on the court and that’s how I try be.  I try to be as moderate as I can.

Q: What are you planning on doing after law school?

A: After law school, I’d like to get my master’s degree.  I’m doing the dual program to get a master’s degree in Mass Communications. I’d also like to get into political journalism, even if it’s writing and then working my way up to getting behind a television screen.

Q: What made you decide to go to law school to begin with?

A: I knew I needed an angle.  I needed a competitive edge and I know that law school is something that a lot of journalists don’t have. It would give me a better understanding on topics that I would be talking to the public about and I could give them more educated, balanced stories.

Q: Where do you see yourself in 10 years?

A: Hopefully, established in a career.  I hope to earn my reputation and become a prominent figure in journalism.

Q: Where would you like to be a journalist?

A: I’d like to start in Louisiana because I was born here.  I would be willing to travel but I’ll stay in Louisiana as long as I can.

Q: What are your greatest strengths and weaknesses in regards to law school?

A: My greatest strength is I am a scheduler and organized. Together,  those are the perfect combination for getting what you need to get done.  My greatest weakness is that I’m a perfectionist so I’m my own worst critic.  I will make problems magnified in my own head and in reality, they really aren’t that big.  It’s a constant struggle for me to maintain perspective and learn to pick my battles.

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