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Law student turns 6 today

Rebecca Berfanger
January 1, 2008
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While Feb. 29, which happens every four years, marks just another day for most, a first-year law student at Indiana University School of Law - Indianapolis will celebrate his sixth birthday today.

Mike Doversberger, an Elkhart native born Feb. 29, 1984, said he might use the birthday as a way to break the ice at a job interview today. Later, he will celebrate with friends and family.

"I like to put it on the resume that I graduated from Notre Dame (undergrad) before my 6th birthday and will finish law school before my 7th," he said.

On non-Leap Years, he considers March 1 to be his birthday, something that was important to note when he was old enough to legally go to bars with friends who had already celebrated 21 birthdays.

But because it's a Leap Year, this birthday "is a little more special. This year I will have six candles on the cake," he said.

He's also become somewhat of an expert on Leap Year trivia. For instance, Leap Year doesn't happen in the first year of centuries not divisible by 400. He said he feels lucky that he doesn't have to always explain this to people because 2000 is divisible by 400, so it was a Leap Year.

Doversberger said he tells everybody about his unusual birthday, because, "You never know. Who knows where I'll be by the big 7?" He said his wife probably tells people she's married to a 6-year-old.

He added, "Every year I've been written about in the media. Thanks for continuing the streak."
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