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Mattie Clay ( Class of 2013)

Hometown: McLain, MS

Undergraduate school and major: Grinnell College, Physics

Extra-curricular or co-curricular activities in which you were involved during law school: BLSA, Moot Court Board, IIPLA, Bethel AME Gospel Choir

Your favorite Iowa Law memory: Late night studying with Darcelle Skeete, with the occasional crazy Youtube video breaks

Current employer: Clay IP Law

Location: Hattiesburg MS

Job title: Founder and Principal IP Atty

What is your pinnacle career goal: I honestly don't really have a pinnacle legal career goal.  My goal is to do work that makes me look forward to getting up the next morning - work that allows me to grow, use my skills and talents in service to others, and help others reach toward higher

Description of what you do: In one lane, I help companies engage their corporate team members to mine and review innovative ideas, and I assess patentability to determine whether pursuing patent filings serve the overall needs and goals of the company. In another lane, I consult with artists, creators, and makers who have an idea, a dream in their heart, yet often don't know where to start.  Depending on a smaller client's goals, progression, and budget, I give advice regarding which IP rights/filings clients should move on vs which can wait, how to protect certain IP, trademark/copyright filings, business filings, and contract drafting, negotiation, and review.  As a solo practitioner, I also do everything it takes to start and maintain a practice.

Your interests outside of work: Enjoying and creating (the novice that I am!) theatre productions, listening to good music, discovering great little coffee shops, going to fun festivals, reading, and spending time with friends and family, especially my sweet husband!

What do you wish your 1L/2L/3L self knew about the job search: Visit Career Services early! You will be OK even though you didn't go the traditional, 2L summer position route.  Building relationships can be just as important as grades when it comes to the job search.

What advice do you have for success in summer positions: While I skipped the summer associate experience, I suppose advice I'd give new associates would apply to summer associates.  Build relationships with everyone around you, especially the staff.  Participate in group activities and events.  Also develop a healthy curiosity about the firm, the clients, the clients' business, relevant legal issues, etc.