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Discovery with Jovita T. Wang

Jovita Wang on bitcoin dreams and Kafka cocktails

Published in 2018 Oregon Super Lawyers magazine

If you were in my office, you’d … be surprised at how messy it is. 

When I was a newbie lawyer I … once went to ex parte at the wrong court—the judge granted my motion before the clerk could interject. I had to make another trip the next day to the correct county courthouse, where the judge also granted my motion. 

If I weren’t a lawyer, I’d be … a psychologist involved in behavioral economics, like Daniel Kahneman.

I almost quit the law because … I don’t get fed fancy lunches every day. 

The SCOTUS decision I’d most like to overturn is … Citizens United v. FEC

A different practice area that intrigues me is … tax law. It follows you to your death. 

My favorite Twitter feed is … @existentialcoms. Philosophy made funny.

I can’t believe more people haven’t read … José Saramago. Blindness is a good one to try if you haven’t read his novels. 

My favorite TED talk is … Roman Mars’ “Why city flags may be the worst designed thing you’ve never noticed.”

My favorite meal is … Korean BBQ.

I get angry when … I haven’t eaten enough all day (otherwise known as hangry). 

If I had a time machine, I would … go back and buy bitcoins in 2010 and sell some in early December 2017.

My guilty pleasure is … binge-watching shows on Netflix while simultaneously reading the spoilers on my phone.

The last TV show I binge-watched was … The Crown. I couldn’t help Googling the events depicted for historical accuracy. Or inaccuracy. 

Nothing cheers me up like … ice cream. My go-to flavor is Salt & Straw’s almond brittle.

If I won the lottery I’d … buy places in Tokyo, Sydney, Lisbon and Berlin. 

My favorite podcast is … “99% Invisible.”

My favorite news source is … The Economist. Love the writing style.

The app I use the most is … Weather Underground. I like to be prepared.

Living or dead, I would most like to have a drink with … Franz Kafka.

I collect … Mr. Men and Little Miss books by Roger Hargreaves—reminiscent of my childhood.

The question I’m tired of answering is … It’s a tie between “Are you a law student?” and “Where are you from?”—in which the questioner is inquiring about my ethnicity and assumes I’m not from this country. Ask a better question. Or better yet, why not stop asking that question?

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