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Get to know … Maliya Rattliffe, 2L

Maliya Rattliffe, 2L
Cedar Rapids, Iowa

When Maliya Rattliffe was young, she set a goal for herself: to be the first in her family to graduate from college.

“That was something that I not only did for myself, but also my mother and I am extremely happy that I have made it this far,” Rattliffe says.

But Rattliffe didn’t stop with a bachelor’s degree from the University of Iowa and is continuing her education at Iowa Law. Now, Rattliffe says she’s most looking forward to graduating and “moving to a new city, starting my career and doing work that I am passionate about.”

Rattliffe describes her experience in the University of Iowa College of Law as “rewarding” and one she’s happy to share with others about.

“As I traveled this summer and I had my Iowa Law luggage tag, I got excited when people would ask me about how I like the school and the people there,” she says. “Many law students that I talk to cannot say the same thing about their school.”

Her interest in law began with a job shadow with an attorney in high school. This summer, she worked with attorneys as a Summer Associate at Fox Rothschild in Minneapolis, Minnesota.

Back at Iowa, Rattliffe stays busy in and out of the classroom. She has served as a volunteer with the Innocence Project of Iowa, Vice Justice of Phi Alpha Delta Fraternity International for 2018-19 and is the Vice President of the Black Law Students Association for 2018-19.

While she is still deciding on what area of law she wants to practice, Rattliffe says she has most enjoyed studying property law. Among her professors, Rattliffe said John-Mark Stensvaag has been one of her most influential.

“He was very kind and considerate, not only in the classroom, but outside of it, as well,” she says. “He knew that students had things going on in their personal lives and he understood that we were more than students.”

Rattliffe adds that all of her professors have been a source of knowledge.

“Don’t be afraid to ask questions because professors are experts in their subject area and they are there to help you,” Rattliffe says.

Maliya Rattliffe