5 Questions with Sarang “Sy” V. Damle, Esq., Deputy General Counsel for the USCO

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1. How is ever-changing technology impacting your area of law practice?

It’s safe to say that most of the interesting copyright issues today arise at the intersection of copyright law and technology. That means to be truly complete copyright lawyer in this day and age, it’s not enough to be knowledgeable about the law; it is almost equally important to have some facility with technology.

2. What do you feel is the most interesting part of your current position?

Serving the public interest. There are many contentious and difficult issues in copyright law, and I’m lucky to be in a place where I can think carefully and creatively about solutions that benefit everyone.

3. In your opinion, what is the most important characteristic of a successful attorney in 2015?

The most important characteristics are those that have always been important—careful research, rigorous analysis, and clear and cogent writing.

4. What has been the greatest challenge in your career?

I joined the Department of Justice right after my clerkship. Immediately, I was filing motions, drafting briefs, and arguing cases on behalf of the United States, albeit with the helpful guidance of senior attorneys. I took that responsibility very seriously, though it was a nerve-wracking time. But looking back, I can think of no better way to learn real lawyering skills.

5. What advice would you give to lawyers just starting their career?

Without a doubt, the biggest shortcoming I see in new attorneys is in their writing skills. I will admit, I thought I was a pretty good writer when I got out of law school too. But luckily, I’ve worked with some truly wonderful writers, people who made me see how much better my writing could be. And I work on my writing skills to this day—my office probably has more books about writing than about copyright law.

Mr. Damle is Deputy General Counsel for the United States Copyright Office (USCO). He was appointed to the position in 2015. Mr. Damle assists the General Counsel on the full range of legal issues before the USCO, including litigation, policy studies, and regulatory proceedings. He also helps to provide legal advice and assistance to the various components of the USCO, the U.S. Department of Justice and other federal agencies. Mr. Damle joined the USCO in 2014 after several years of government service. Previously, he was Senior Counsel in the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau. Earlier in his career, Mr. Damle was an appellate litigator in the Department of Justice’s Civil Division, where he served as lead counsel in over 40 appeals, with a focus on intellectual property, separation of powers and administrative law matters. He has been recognized by the National Law Journal as one of the top “40 Under 40” minority lawyers in the nation. Mr. Damle received his J.D. from the University of Virginia. Before law school, he was a computer programmer and information technology consultant. Mr. Damle also holds engineering and business degrees from the University of Pennsylvania.
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