Class of 2021 Welcomed to UVA Law

Netflix General Counsel David Hyman ’93 Speaks to New Students
David Hyman

David Hyman ’93 was Netflix’s sole lawyer when he began working there in 2002, and now leads more than 300 lawyers.

August 20, 2018

Netflix General Counsel David Hyman ’93 talked about his unexpected path to becoming the top lawyer for a media giant during his orientation address at the University of Virginia School of Law on Monday.

In offering advice to the Class of 2021, Hyman told them to value diversity, and said the school’s emphasis on collegiality served him well as he navigated changes in his own career.

“Don’t be concerned if you haven’t a clue as to what type of law you want to practice or if you want to practice law at all. I didn’t,” he said. “And also, it’s OK if you really know what you want to be focused on, but just be prepared for change.”

Hyman started as the sole lawyer for Netflix in 2002, when the company delivered mail-order DVDs. Now the Fortune 500 company not only streams but produces TV and film content.

“It is this original production of content that is our biggest driver of legal growth. It takes a lot of legal folks to create content,” he said in an interview last week.

Hyman, who also received his undergraduate degree at UVA, said the school’s devotion to higher ideals made a strong impression on him, then and now.

“I hope that your experience at the University of Virginia empowers you to achieve some of your aspirations,” he said Monday. “It certainly has for me.”

Dean Risa Goluboff, Assistant Dean and Chief Admissions Officer Cordel Faulk ’01, Student Bar Association President Frances Fuqua ’19 and Assistant Dean of Student Affairs Sarah Davies ’91 also spoke at the welcome session.

The day concluded with a picnic for new students in Spies Garden.

On Friday, professors Rachel Harmon, Alex M. Johnson Jr., Aditya Bamzai, Barbara Armacost ’89 and Joe Fore ’11 gave students an overview of what to expect from the first-year curriculum.

Orientation continues Tuesday, and first-years begin classes Wednesday.

  • The Class of 2021

    Students in the Class of 2021 began orientation Monday.

  • Cordel Faulk and Risa Goluboff

    Dean Risa Goluboff greets Assistant Dean and Chief Admissions Officer Cordel Faulk ’01.

  • Risa Goluboff

    Dean Risa Goluboff addresses the class.

  • Hyman, Frances Fuqua and Faulk

    Hyman, Student Bar Association President Frances Fuqua ’19 and Faulk.

  • David Hyman
  • Peer Advisors

    Peer Advisors assisted new students and gave tours during orientation.

  • Meetings with Peer Advisors

    First-year students meet with second- and third-year peers.

  • Spies Garden picnic

    At the end of the first day of orientation, students, faculty and staff gathered for a picnic in Spies Garden.

  • Students in Spies Garden

    Students enjoy a picnic dinner in Spies Garden.

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