Brianna Chamberlin’s interest in the law came from an unlikely source: her undergraduate chemistry research experience.
Chamberlin, who researched crystalline polymorphism throughout her undergraduate career at the University of Michigan, became curious about the intersection science and the law during her sophomore year.
“At Michigan I was attempting to create novel polymorphs of known pharmaceuticals. This required me to read and design around patents,” says Chamberlin. “Around my sophomore year of college, I realized that bench work was not for me, so I approached the principal investigator of my lab for career advice. After telling him I really enjoyed reading patents, drafting publications, and giving presentations, he pointed me in the direction of patent litigation. At first I was skeptical, so I took a few classes on regulatory issues in the pharmaceutical space and learned about Hatch-Waxman litigation. I decided a few weeks later that I was going to apply to law school, and I have never looked back.”
Now a student at Iowa Law, Chamberlin is the President of the Intellectual Property Law Society, the Online Managing Editor for Volume 102 of the Iowa Law Review, a research assistant for Professor Jason Rantanen, and a member of the Pro Bono Society. She also has participated in the Giles S. Rich Moot Court Competition and plans to do so again in the upcoming school year.
Chamberlin is also a member of the Iowa City Junior Service League, and previously served as the vice president of Phi Delta Phi Honors Society. After her first year at Iowa Law, Chamberlin worked as a technology/science summer associate at Robins Kaplan LLP in Minneapolis, Minnesota. She returned to Minneapolis for her second-year summer to work at Fish & Richardson P.C. as a patent litigation summer associate.
Upon completing her studies in May 2017, Chamberlin says she plans to specialize in pharmaceutical patent litigation, an area where she looks forward to being faced with complex legal and scientific issues.