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Kali Jensen ( Class of 2010)

Hometown: Mukilteo, WA

Undergraduate school and major: University of Washington - Linguistics

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

The Journal of Gender, Race & Justice

What did you come to law school to become:

I originally attended with the intention of creating a joint degree between my JD and a master's in linguistics.  I wanted to use this to advocate for linguistic minorities.  Eventually, I abandoned the dual degree plan, and intended to become a litigator

Current employer:

Columbia Trust Company

Location:

Portland, OR

Job title:

Assistant Vice President, Trust Relationship Manager

Previous positions:

Law clerk to the Honorable Linda C. Krese, Snohomish County Superior Court; Associate Attorney, Bullivant Houser Bailey

Your favorite part of your job:

My favorite part of my job is the "Aha!" moment clients have when they understand something for the first time because of the way I explained it to them.  I love interacting with clients and empowering them to take control over their lives.

Your interests outside of work:

Yoga; dogs; reading

What is your favorite movie:

Anchorman

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

You have more power than you think.  Stop doubting yourself.  Just because you have made a mistake or two in the past doesn't mean that you haven't done or will do great things.  Keep track of who you network with and follow up with them more than once, even if you think they probably forgot about you.  They likely didn't.  You are not bugging them; they want to hear from you.

What advice do you have for success in summer positions:

Form relationships with people in the firm.  Certainly your work should be excellent; but more important than your good work is the relationships you form with people.  Human beings make the hiring decisions, and human beings by and large make decisions based on emotion, followed by some logic to justify that decision.  Your good work will provide the justification for their decision to hire you on permanently; the decision itself will be made based on your personality and the relationships you've developed.