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Joshua Coronado-Moses ( Class of 2017)

Hometown: San Luis Obispo, CA

Undergraduate school and major: University of California, Davis: Political Science and History

What did you come to law school to become:

I wanted to do trial work on behalf of low income clients. My parents are working class and I realized pretty early on that the law seems to never really benefit them.

Your favorite Iowa Law memory:

Going to an Arbitration competition in Lubbock, Texas. I had a blast. Great steak, excellent public speaking opportunity, and fun teammates.

Current employer:

U.S. Housing and Urban Development


Denver, CO

Job title:

Trial Attorney

Previous positions:

I was a research assistant for the University of Iowa Labor Center. It was my most rewarding experience in law school. I answered employment and labor related legal questions for employees and labor unions. My work directly benefited Iowa workers and gave me priceless employment and labor law research experience.

Description of what you do:

I am part in house counsel to a federal agency and part federal prosecutor. I handle litigation and litigation prevention work concerning government employment and ethics. I also prosecute landlords for discrimination violations under the Fair Housing Act.

Your favorite part of your job:

Fair Housing. Most of the cases we receive are from low income individuals and these cases would never go before a judge if it wasn't for our agency, and it is so great to be a part of that.

Your interests outside of work:

Anything outdoors.

What is your favorite movie:

Baby Driver

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

Apply to the jobs you want. There is a lot of pressure to apply to big firms or clerkships but if that is not what you want to do, the person interviewing you for those jobs is going to figure it out.