Christopher Goes to Law School

Christopher Sabec University of GeorgiaThe University of Georgia was renowned for their program in international law. Dean Rusk, Secretary of State under President Johnson, had built a research center there. It seemed like a great fit for Christopher. After visiting the campus to help Christopher with the decision, he met with the Dead and he offered Christopher a partial tuition scholarship if he would attend. Christopher had already fallen in love with Athens and its thriving music scene. The decision was easy after his visit and he gave notice to the Tax Court that he would start law school in the fall.
Law school began under very difficult circumstances for Christopher. On August 2, 1989, when he was 24 years old, he broke his neck in an auto accident. While sitting at the stop light in his hometown, he was struck from behind by a driver who had lost control of his can. He had suffered a fracture of his C1 and C2 vertebras and there was no choice but to operate. Christopher underwent eight hours of surgery and spent the next three weeks in the hospital. During his recuperation, he struggled with whether to delay law school until the following year, but after a lot of internal debate and with the help of a very supportive family and welcoming student body, Christopher began his first year of law school a couple of days late and with some serious rehabilitation ahead. To say his first year was intense would be an understatement. It was grueling, both physically (due to the surgery) and mentally (due to the workload).
During Christopher’s winder break, he started to consider his options for the summer. Setting a long-term goal of working as an international attorney in either the State Department or on the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, he began to explore internship opportunities in Washington for the summer. He was pleasantly surprised when he found a directory of all the programs available in Washington for law students. As he had hoped, there were programs at the State Department and the Senate, so he mailed letters and resumes to both. As an afterthought, Christopher decided to send in one more package-a long shot application to The Office of the Counsel to the President at the White House. It was less an exercise in why, then one in why not; after all, he had nothing to lose.

Post-College and Omegasearch

Christopher-Sabec-after-collegeEventually, Christopher’s four years at Georgetown came to an end. He knew he wanted to go to law school, but he thought it best to take a couple years off. The experiences with the high school movie nights and the Princeton Review inspired him to look for another entrepreneurial outlet. The opportunity presented itself just after graduation. A real estate attorney who worked closely with Christopher’s mother asked him to research the Tax Reform Act of 1986. Within a few weeks, Christopher presented the attorney with everything he needed to know about the requirements of the Act and his resulting responsibilities. When Christopher was finished, the real estate attorney asked him if her would be willing to do the compliance work in return for a fee per transaction. Christopher agreed and, as a result, founded Omegasearch, Inc., a consulting firm specializing in the magnetic media processing of IRS data. By the following summer, Omegasearch was servicing fifty-five clients in five states. When one of their clients made an offer to buy the company from Christopher’s parents and himself, they accepted. They had successfully built and sold a company and Christopher had been introduced into the world of business.

Soon thereafter, Christopher began the process of applying to law school. On one of his visits to the career planning office at Georgetown, he stumbled upon a memo from the U.S. Tax Court, a forum for taxpayers to settle their differences with the IRS. They were looking for a traveling trial clerk to administer trials throughout the U.S. Christopher took the job and spent the next year traveling the country conducting trials for the Tax Court. He spent his free time that year exploring his changing cityscapes and applying to law school.

Christopher Sabec Goes Back to School – Part IV

Christopher Sabec Music BiographyChristopher Sabec helped Gary Hart throughout his presidential campaign. In the end, Hart lost the nomination. Despite the disappointment, Christopher’s enthusiasm for politics, and Hart’s vision in particular, continued. Christopher approached Hart’s staff for a position in his Senate office. They welcomed Christopher and soon he was splitting his time between Georgetown’s campus and Capitol Hill, working as a legislative intern for Senator Hart and gearing up with his staff for another run for the White House. Christopher’s primary assignment involved research on the issues surrounding the continuing Senate filibuster of Contra Aid and other aspects of U.S. foreign policy in Central America, as well as research for a book Hart was writing on military reform. Christopher thrived on the Hill and could not have been happier, but his idealism and its resulting enthusiasm took a brutal hit of reality with the eruption of the Donna Rice scandal in the spring of 1986. Suddenly, Hart became the focal point of intense national press coverage and most of the resources of the office were marshaled to react to the growing crisis. This was not what Christopher had signed on for, and with exams looming, he decided he’d had enough of the circus on the Hill and threw himself back into school.

During the last few days of exams that spring, Christopher spotted a flyer soliciting teachers for an SAT prep course called the Princeton Review. He was a National Merit Scholar thanks to his SAT scores and the pay mentioned on the flyer was enticing. He signed on to become an instructor for the summer and supervised four programs for 200 students over the next twelve weeks. It was a terrific way to spend the summer; he thoroughly enjoyed and excelled at teaching. During his last year at Georgetown, he worked part-time as a private tutor, not only helping kids prepare for their SATs, but he also assisted them with their college applications. Some of the friendships he made with these students are still thriving and, unbeknownst to him at the time, he would end up becoming business partners later in life with one of these students.