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Farah Muscadin ( Class of 2002)

Hometown: Flossmoor, IL

Undergraduate school and major: University of Iowa; Management & Organizations

Your favorite Iowa Law memory:

My favorite Iowa Law memory is graduation, May 11, 2002.  I have always wanted to be a lawyer for as long as I can remember.  When asked as I child what I wanted to be when I grow up, I always said a lawyer.  Graduating from law school was a huge accomplishment.

Current employer:

City of Austin, Office of Police Oversight

Location:

Austin, Texas

Job title:

Director

Your favorite part of your job:

Professionally, I love the fact that I am able to build this office from scratch and expand the scope of civilian police oversight in the City of Austin.  This is very exciting for me.  I'm a bit of a reformer and this is something I really enjoy doing.  Personally, I sincerely appreciate the opportunity to help build bridges and trust between the community here in Austin and the Austin Police Department.

Your interests outside of work:

I love tennis, watching and playing!  I am relatively new to Austin so I enjoy exploring and a good margarita or two!  Austin has a big non profit community, I enjoy volunteering with several organizations.

What is your favorite movie:

Black Panther

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

There is so much pressure to conform.  Be true to yourself and your goals.  Let them see you and get to you know you in your interview.  Remember, you have something to offer to your potential employer and they have something to offer you, employment is a mutually beneficial relationship.  Be patient, have faith (sometimes this is the hardest part) and don't give up.

It was a year and half before I heard from the Public Defender's Office.  I was shocked when I received the letter to interview. I almost passed it up because I had another job.  I am so thankful I responded, interviewed and accepted the position.  It was one of the best jobs I have even had.

What advice do you have for success in summer positions:

I think summer positions are the best opportunity to test out your potential career path.  For example, if you are interested in employment law look for opportunities that will expose you to that area of law.  After taking evidence at Iowa and interning at the Legal Assistance Foundation of Chicago, I knew that I wanted to do trial work and be in the courtroom.

Network, Network, Network, Network and Network some more.  You never know who you might meet and how that person may assist you in the future.  It is also very important to not only make connections but to also maintain and foster them. It takes a lot of work and persistence but it is worth it.

Last but not least, be you!  Don't be afraid to be yourself.  Your integrity will carry you a long way in this profession.