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Brian Kearns ( Class of 2012)

Hometown: Sacramento

Undergraduate school and major: University of California, Irvine/Literary Journalism

What did you come to law school to become:

I initially attended law school with the goal of becoming an IP litigation attorney or IP in-house counsel. While I still enjoy IP law, I have become more interested in health care law as a result of my current position.

Your favorite Iowa Law memory:

Our trademark team winning first place in the Saul Lefkowitz Moot Court Midwest Competition in 2011 and third place in the Saul Lefkowitz Moot Court National Competition in 2012.

Current employer:

California Health Benefit Exchange (Covered California)


Sacramento, California

Job title:


Description of what you do:

I perform in-house legal services to assist Covered California in achieving its central mission to increase the number of Californians with health insurance, improve the quality of health care for all Californians, reduce health care coverage costs, and ensure that California's diverse population has fair and equal access to quality health care.

Your favorite part of your job:

I enjoy coming up with creative solutions to problems that seemingly have none. I've learned that its easy to say "no" as an in-house attorney. Taking a conservative approach, however, may come at the expense of innovation. Its interesting to find solutions that limit risk without unduly stifling our strategy.

Your interests outside of work:

I'm training for a Spartan Race in November, so my outside-of-work interests currently involve working out at local gyms. When I'm not training, I'm probably binge watching something on Netflix or Hulu with my wife.

Who is the person (alive or dead) who you would most like to meet:

Lady Bird

What advice do you have for success in summer positions:

Find opportunities to showcase your writing skills and attend work social functions. Firms value associates who can write clearly and concisely. Make sure that all your writing products (emails, memos, briefs, etc.) are as polished as they can be. Also, attend work social functions. They can be stressful, but they also provide opportunities to connect with people.