Matthew Rich is studying to be a lawyer, but before that he was planning a completely different path. He was going to be a monk.
Matt, who is from Phoenix, Ariz., decided to move to Atchison, Kansas and entered a Benedictine monestary. He spent a year living the quiet life of a monk before deciding that it wasn’t the life he wanted after all.
So he left the monastery and decided on another path. He is now starting his second year at the University of Nebraska-Lincoln College of Law. He chose the legal profession because he thought he might be good at it, and his father encouraged him.
He chose UNL because his favorite book while growing up was set in Nebraska, “My Antonia.” Also, his sister attended school in Kansas so he had family nearby.
Before moving to Nebraska and while still in Kansas he met Brianna, who recently became his wife. She was living in Albuquerque, and they dated long distance while he attended school in Lincoln and she worked in New Mexico in the field of communications.
Matt joined Vanderford Law as a law clerk in mid-May after sending out some resumes for clerk jobs. Christine Vanderford was the only attorney to contact him. Christine encouraged Matt to join BNI, and he says he has enjoyed meeting people outside the law school environment. He has made his mark in BNI by telling a lawyer joke during his manager moment.
“I decided my speeches were pretty boring so I decided to tell a joke,” he said.
In his spare time Matt likes to read, exercise at the student recreation area and play golf.
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