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Damon Andrews ( Class of 2011)

Hometown: Charlotte, NC

Undergraduate school and major: Clemson University; B.S., Mechanical Engineering

Extra-curricular or co-curricular activities in which you were involved during law school:

Iowa Law Review (Articles Editor); Research Assistant (Christina Bohannan; Herbert Hovenkamp); IP Advocacy

What did you come to law school to become:

I came to law school to be a patent lawyer.  As an engineer, that is what everyone encouraged me to do.  But after two clerkships, I realized that there are so many interesting areas of law, and I am no longer doing patent litigation.  I like to think of

Current employer:

Kirkland & Ellis LLP

Location:

Washington, D.C.

Job title:

Associate

Previous positions:

Law Clerk, Hon. Henry F. Floyd, U.S. Court of Appeals, Fourth Circuit

Law Clerk, Hon. Michael J. Melloy, U.S. Court of Appeals, Eighth Circuit

Description of what you do:

General litigation at the trial and appellate levels, ranging from the U.S. Supreme Court to state trial courts, across a broad array of legal subject areas, ranging from securities, class actions, commercial disputes, torts, and habeas litigation (pro bono).

Your favorite part of your job:

Brief writing, hands down.  Reading cases, immersing yourself in a particular area of the law, and taking apart the other side's arguments is intellectually stimulating and rewarding.

Your interests outside of work:

Golf, DIY house projects, documentaries, anything with my wife

What is your favorite movie:

Interstellar

What do you wish your 1L/2L/3L self knew about the job search:

1L:  Just get experience.  Apply broadly -- government, judicial internships, firms, the clinic etc. -- it's important to get some practice experience as you head into 2L interviews.

2L:  Think carefully about what you want to do after graduation and where you want to be.

3L:  Apply broadly.  There's still plenty of time before graduation and nothing is permanent.  A job to get some experience will provide you with a solid foundation for the next job, and the one after that.

What advice do you have for success in summer positions:

Network and be professional.  Take advantages of happy hours and invitations to meet people within your own firm or agency (or from different organizations) and don't be shy about reaching out to people for lunch.  It's amazing the opportunities you'll get from who you know.