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John F. Huldin ( Class of 2018)

Hometown: Ann Arbor, MI

Undergraduate school and major: Rhodes College, Political Science

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

Editor in Chief and Student Writer on The Journal of Corporation Law; Clinic; Appellate Advocacy; American Constitution Society; Pro Bono Society.

What did you come to law school to become:

Working in politics, I wanted to get a credential to move my career to the next level. I knew Law School was a path to taking control of my career and setting my own course going forward.

Current employer:

Taft Stettinius & Hollister

Location:

Indianapolis, Indiana

Job title:

Associate Attorney - Environmental Practice Group

Description of what you do:

I am a first-year associate in the environmental practice group here at Taft. Working in a specialty, I have the opportunity to work in a relative lay broad swath of projects. I have worked on business and real estate transactions; environmental administrative actions; regulatory compliance issues; and litigation surrounding all of those fields.

Your favorite part of your job:

While what I do is relatively specialized, every project presents a unique problem: whether it is helping to identify potentially responsible parties in a CERCLA matter or researching specific regulations pertaining to a development project, the fact specific nature of the matters makes each into a puzzle to be solved.

Your interests outside of work:

I take every opportunity to spend time outside, I particularly enjoy taking time to unplug and relax with a good run.

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

Never give up hope. Almost everyone experiences high anxiety about the job search in law school. Stay calm and do your best to put yourself in a place to succeed. The right opportunity could always be just around the corner.

What advice do you have for success in summer positions:

Keep an open mind and treat every attorney you do work for like your client. Be prompt, responsive, and do not be afraid to ask follow up questions. You may be surprised with the type of work that you end up enjoying.