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Morgan Miranda (Class of 2012)

Hometown: Starkville, Mississippi

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

Latino Law Students Association, Journal of Gender, Race & Justice, PHIDs

What did you come to law school to become:

I wanted the opportunity to find a job where I could do the things I love: Research, Write, and Think Big Thoughts.

Your favorite Iowa Law memory:

Going with LLSA to Austin, TX for spring break to work with the Worker's Defense Project on preparing legal documents to assist Latino workers receive fair treatment.

Current employer:

Butler Snow LLP

Location:

Ridgeland, Mississippi

Previous positions:

Law Clerk to Hon. Henry T. Wingate, U.S. Dist. Court, Southern District of Mississippi 2012-2016

Associate at Maron Marvel Bradley Anderson & Tardy 2016-2017

Description of what you do:

I am part of a team serving as National Counsel for Johnson & Johnson in pharmaceutical multidistrict litigation. I work with our experts on developing their case specific and general reports, along with scheduling their depositions.

Your favorite part of your job:

My favorite part of the job is the people I work with. Believe me when I say that working in a firm with people you admire and look forward to seeing every day is one of the most important aspects of finding your niche. You may love the work you are doing, but if you hate the people you work with, it will destroy you and hurt your clients.

Your interests outside of work:

 I am a craft person. I sew, quilt, and make mosaics. This past January I started dabbling in woodworking. I am currently building rocking llamas and rocking giraffes to raise money for Catholic Charities' Migrant Support Center, which provides legal services to immigrants and refugees.

What is your favorite movie:

The Lion in Winter

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

It is not just about the pay or the prestige of the job. Do your research and find out if the job involves something you love to do and people you will enjoy being around. I have been in a toxic workplace, and no amount of money can compensate for your dignity or peace of mind.

What advice do you have for success in summer positions:

Try something new. You may love intellectual property, but try immigration law or family law. First, a broad base of knowledge will help you and your firm later on; and second, you may discover an area of the law that you love and want to commit time to (pro-bono or for pay)!