Congratulations to Rick Schnake for being named as a top rated lawyer in intellectual property by American Lawyers Media and Martindale-Hubbell. The full story is here – Neale & Newman. Rick has also been named in the 2016 edition of Best Lawyers In America for Appellate Practice – Best Lawyers.
As much as That 70’s Show feels familiar, it’s still set in Wisconsin. Below, Rick shares some of his recollections of the 1970s at Southwest Missouri State University.
My mom went back to school to finish her teaching degree when I started to MSU in 1975, so we commuted together. I called Dr. Alice Bartee before we went up to pick our classes (by hand, with index cards—no computers back then) and asked her advice on what courses I should take to prepare for law school. She advised me to take her PLS 101. So mom and I both enrolled in it. The first day, Dr. Bartee seated everyone in alphabetical order. Here I was, an 18-year-old freshman, hearing the teacher say “Mrs. Schnake,” then “Mr. Schnake,” and having people look at us like I was crazy for being married to a woman more than twice my age. But I survived, and I think I got an A in the class.
Pre-Law 1979, Dr. Meyer at Homecoming, Prices in 1979 (Go ahead and click. I dare you!)
In my journalism classes, I was a stringer for the Southwest Standard, mostly writing sports articles. I was secretary-treasurer of the Pre-Law Association (the predecessor to Phi Alpha Delta), and the student body president, Jeff Carter (who went to Northwestern University Law School) appointed me to the Faculty-Student Judicial Commission. My senior year, I knew someone who knew someone who picked me as one of the two student speakers at the Senior Banquet. I still recall sitting in President Duane Meyer’s outer office waiting to see him so that he could read and approve the draft of the speech. Somewhere over there they have a book containing those speeches, which they let me read while I waited.
In the 1978–1979 Ozarko, which was published my senior year, there is also a large photo of me with a sign that I painted. I was a sign painter at Mt. Vernon, which is my home town, and I also was the sports editor and general all-around staffer at The Lawrence County Record. My major was History (for which we forgive him) with a minor in Journalism. I paid my way through MSU (the part not covered by grants and scholarships) by painting signs and working for the newspaper, so fortunately I had no college debt to carry over into law school at Washington University, where I got plenty of it.