So you've finished law school now, right? What kind of law are you practicing?
I finished undergraduate in three years, and I finished law school in 2 1/2 years, and took the bar and passed my bar in my first try. I practice civil litigation, mostly plantiff's work, some political law, and my firm [Wertz, McDade Wallace Moot & Brower] in general does land use and civil litigation. More specifically, I do quite a bit of the personal injury work.
What do you like so much about the law?
It's a human process, it's stories about people and resolving conflicts.
Is your wife Katie still teaching? Is she excited for the start of a new school year?
She is in her third year teaching, with both her masters and teaching credentials, and is teaching fifth grade at a year-round school.
What happened with the Gen Y-U radio show?
Once I started practicing law, I got too busy and had too many things on my plate, and I wanted to make sure that I gave enough attention to my marriage and my law career.
And there's always all this talk about our generation wanting to be rich and famous, and I think the recent story of Gen Y-U is a perfect counterpoint to that argument. I could have pursued a career in radio, I could have tried to sludge ahead and pursue that. But instead, I didn’t, I gave up trying to be rich and famous for my wife, my family and my legal career.
Would you ever consider getting back into radio?
If it were something that was right for me and my family at the time, I'd never leave anything out of the question. Everything's always open to me.
What are your plans for the next year? Next three years?
Learn as much as I can about being a lawyer, learn as much as I can about being a good husband, and try to advocate for my clients as best as I can. Starting a family is still a number of years down the road, we're still only 23.
You occasionally discussed politics on the radio show; do you have any thoughts on the presidential campaigns? Is there a candidate you support?
Well, there's no independent candidate, so there's no candidate I support entirely. But there are a few out there that I like. On one side, I think [former New York Mayor Rudy] Giuliani is a good guy; he's got a good message. He is a Republican who speaks more towards our generation. He is more fiscally conservative and socially liberal than a lot of the other Republican candidates, which I like.
I actually like [former North Carolina Democratic Sen.] John Edwards, and I always have. He's the only one that I think doesn't talk in inflammatory terms and he's a practical, reasonable guy.
Where do you think Generation Next will have the greatest impact over the next 10 years?
Where most people will be discussing my generation, in the next 10 years, is Social Security, Medicare, Medi-Cal [a medical care program in California], and Medicaid. If you fast forward 10 years, and you were to find out where my generation would be discusses most, it would be about the fact that Social Security will have been sucked dry without proper funding.
If Generation Nexters haven't realized by now that they need to plan for retirement on a personal level, by themselves, they've already missed the train. They need to figure out yesterday, that they need to play for retirement immediately.
For those in debt, I'd say, go with God, because it's only going to get worse.