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General Counsel for Shipyard Brewing Company, Brandon Mazer ’08

General Counsel for Shipyard Brewing Company, Brandon Mazer ’08
August 25, 2017 07:33pm

What is your current job and what do you do specifically? I am General Counsel for Shipyard Brewing Company based in Portland, Maine.  My position allows me to interact with almost every aspect of the business.  I am involved with compliance, branding, assisting with opening new pub locations across the country (Shipyard also owns Sea [ ]

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What is your current job and what do you do specifically?

I am General Counsel for Shipyard Brewing Company based in Portland, Maine.  My position allows me to interact with almost every aspect of the business.  I am involved with compliance, branding, assisting with opening new pub locations across the country (Shipyard also owns Sea Dog Brewing Company), and other day to day management needs.

What are your fondest memories of the Government Department, including courses or experiences?

I have so many awesome memories of my time in the Government Department.  Working closely with the professors as the student aide in the department allowed me to cultivate some lifelong friendships.  Some of my favorite courses included Professor Morgan’s Constitutional Law (which ended up using the same course book as my law school Con-Law class), Franz’s Money in Politics, and Shelley Deane’s Ending Civil Wars.  Another great memory was Professor Deane’s spaghetti suppers where she would try to carbo load us before her final.

What advice would give current Gov majors thinking about life after Bowdoin?

Never hesitate to use a Bowdoin connection.  Whether it is trying to find a job, fundraise for a charity, or running for public office; we are incredibly lucky to have such a tight network of people that always seem to have a willingness to help a fellow Polar Bear in any way they can.

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Associate editor at ‘The Trace’ and Master’s Degree Bound, Nora Biette-Timmons ’14

Associate editor at ‘The Trace’ and Master’s Degree Bound, Nora Biette-Timmons ’14
August 25, 2017 07:32pm

What is your current job and what do you do specifically? Location: New York, NY (soon to be London, UK) I’m the associate editor at The Trace (www.thetrace.org), which is a nonprofit, nonpartisan news site that covers gun violence and gun policy. Because we’re a small organization, I get to do a little bit of [ ]

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What is your current job and what do you do specifically?

Location: New York, NY (soon to be London, UK)

I’m the associate editor at The Trace (www.thetrace.org), which is a nonprofit, nonpartisan news site that covers gun violence and gun policy. Because we’re a small organization, I get to do a little bit of everything: I commission (which means I come up with story ideas and assign them to freelance writers) and edit our politics articles and our “evergreen” stories — that is, pieces that don’t have a time-sensitive news peg that we can run whenever. I also edit our newsletter, which is a daily briefing on news from the gun world — it’s a mix of politics, legislative news; court decisions; incidents of violence; and new research on the subject.

But starting in September, I’ll be studying for a masters degree in comparative politics at the London School of Economics. My specific area of study will be political parties in Western democracies and I’m particularly interested in the recent developments of the Labour Party in the UK and the Democratic Party in the US. 

What are your fondest memories of the Government Department, including courses or experiences?

At Bowdoin, my concentration was American Government — and I really concentrated on it. I once counted it up and I almost had more than twice the required number of courses for my concentration. I wouldn’t say I regret that, but I do wish I had been a little more mindful of it at the time. I loved my classes, but I wouldn’t say I really got into an academic groove and started taking full advantage of all that the Government Department has to offer (attending lectures; going to office hours even when I didn’t have a looming paper deadline; devising an independent study course) until the spring semester of my junior year.

A particular academic highlight was taking Social Movements and Popular Protest in fall 2011 — the height of the Occupy Wall Street movement. I also loved American Political Development and Politics of the European Union (I’d love to be taking that class right now as Brexit negotiations are ongoing). Also, take British Politics with Henry Laurence if you have the chance!

What advice would give current Gov majors thinking about life after Bowdoin?

Since graduation, one of the things that continually intrigues me is how many different types of jobs there are. That may sound silly but it can be comforting (I hope) as you prepare for life after Bowdoin and it seems like there are only a handful of career paths that the CPC is advertising and/or that your classmates are pursuing.

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