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Genevieve Cawthorn (Class of 2014)

Hometown: Los Angeles

Undergraduate school and major: Mount Saint Mary's University- Political Science

Your favorite Iowa Law memory: Graduation. That was the moment I knew all my hard work in law school had finally paid off.

Current employer: Pacific Life Insurance Company

Location: Newport Beach, CA

Previous positions: General Counsel at tech start-up

What is your pinnacle career goal: Not sure yet. It’s still early on in my career. Time will tell!

Description of what you do: I work with the different Pacific Life business divisions on negotiating and preparing technology agreements as well as provide counsel on trademark or other intellectual property questions or issues.

Your interests outside of work: Going to the beach to catch the sunset, trying new restaurants, shopping

What is your favorite movie: Pirates of the Caribbean - The Curse of the Black Pearl

What do you wish your 1L/2L/3L self knew about the job search: The power of LinkedIn. It's a great tool for finding jobs and networking. Hint, hint - that is where I found my current role. With most professionals on the site it's a great way to get to know more about the people interviewing you. Don't forget to connect with your classmates & Iowa faculty. You never know where someone may end up!

What advice do you have for success in summer positions: Don't be afraid to let people know what kinds of projects or areas of the law that interest you. During my 2L summer working in-house at a film distribution company I told the CEO I had taken a trademarks class prior and was interested in that practice area. My main focus was contracts and licensing but because of what I told her I got to work on some trademark and copyright issues before the internship was over.