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Justin Randall ( Class of 2011)

Hometown: Naperville, Illinois

Undergraduate school and major: University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign - Political Science and Communication

What did you come to law school to become:

I always wanted to be a trial lawyer from the time I was a young child, so I was always drawn to trial advocacy because of the courtroom elements.

Your favorite Iowa Law memory:

I went to law school when the Supreme Court of Iowa legalized gay marriage. It was an amazing time to live in Iowa, because it was the first state outside of New England to provide same sex marriage equality. It truly demonstrated Iowa's commitment to equality.

Current employer:

Glen Lerner Injury Attorneys

Location:

Las Vegas, Nevada and Los Angeles, California

Job title:

Attorney at Law

Description of what you do:

I currently practice personal injury litigation on behalf of planitiffs in California, Arizona, and Nevada.

Your favorite part of your job:

My favorite part of my job is using my legal education to help those who are unable to help themselves. Often, my clients are completely unfamiliar with the legal process, injured, and scared, so they need a strong advocate on their behalf.

Your interests outside of work:

Travel, cooking, yoga

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

It will all work out in the end. People tend to get very concerned about their job search, but everyone finds their way eventually. My class graduated at the height of the economic downturn when OCI was a virtual ghost town. Almost no one in my class graduated with a job, but in the end, it all worked out and most of my class is very happy in their career positions.

What advice do you have for success in summer positions:

Listen to what the attorney asks you to do and do not be afraid to ask questions.  Take your time. There is nothing worse than when an attorney says that something is not a rush and a summer clerk gives it back to you within a half hour. Make sure that your final work product is your best work product.