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Lorraine Gaynor ( Class of 2011)

Hometown: Skokie, IL

Undergraduate school and major: Grinnell College, Spanish

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

Equal Justice Foundation, helped plan EJF Auction

Citizen Lawyer's Project

What did you come to law school to become:

An immigration lawyer

Your favorite Iowa Law memory:

Working in the Legal Clinic.  It was so much fun to have the chance to work on real clients' cases and the hands-on experience I gained in my semester up in the Clinic was so valuable to my work now at Iowa Legal Aid.

Current employer:

Iowa Legal Aid


 Iowa City

Job title:

Staff Attorney

Previous positions:

Law clerk at Chicago Immigration Court

Description of what you do:

I am a staff attorney at Iowa Legal Aid and I help oversee our Farmworker Project, which provides free legal services to migrant and seasonal farmworkers, H-2A workers, and year-round agricultural workers in Iowa.  I interview clients to get the facts and find out what their legal problem is and what their goals are. I do outreach and community presentations to workers.  I represent clients before administrative agencies and in court in eviction hearings.  I help clients who have not been treated fairly by their employer try to seek legal remedies.

Your interests outside of work:

Baseball, reading, hanging out with family and friends.  My kids are 7 and 4, so I'm trying to remember and rediscover some interests these days now that my kids are gaining more independence.  :)

What is your favorite movie:

A League of their Own

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

I wish I knew about the Attorney General Honor's Program summer law student internships -- it's a great way to do an internship in a federal agency while you are in law school, like at the EEOC or the EOIR (Immigration Court).

What advice do you have for success in summer positions:

Work hard. Don't be afraid to ask questions.  Be eager.  Take initiative. Have fun!