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Jose A. Abarca ( Class of 2011)

Hometown: Ramona, California

Undergraduate school and major: Brigham Young University, Psychology

What did you come to law school to become:

Because I thought I wanted to be a criminal defense lawyer.

Your favorite Iowa Law memory:

Arguing a motion on behalf of a juvenile criminal defendant client.

Current employer:

Stoel Rives LLP


Salt Lake City, Utah

Job title:


What is your pinnacle career goal: 

Maintaining gainful employment so I can provide for my family.

Description of what you do:

Represent businesses that are getting sued (sometimes that are suing) in a variety of commercial contexts, including for breach of contract, trade secret misappropriation, discrimination, etc.

Your interests outside of work:

Spending time with my wife and six kids

Playing and watching sports

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

Try to figure out how much mentoring you are going to get at the place you want to go.  You will only be as good as the people you work with are willing to help you become.