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Steven P. Wieland ( Class of 2009)

Hometown: Boise

Undergraduate school and major: Cornell College, Sociology and Politics

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

Iowa Law Review

Iowa Graduate and Professional School Government

Student Bar Association

Your favorite Iowa Law memory:

Meeting my wife, Jaren, during a service trip to New Orleans to clean up after Hurricane Katrina. Our first kiss was in a bar on Bourbon Street!

Current employer:

Mooney Wieland PLLC


Boise, ID

Job title:

Managing Partner

Description of what you do:

I'm a commercial litigator and corporate attorney, so I split my time roughly 50/50 between litigation and transactional work. I also help businesses identify and protect their soft IP. In addition to my substantive work, I manage a law firm with offices in Boise, Idaho, and Pago Pago, American Samoa.

Your favorite part of your job:

Closing a transaction or winning a case for our business clients, then reporting the news. Also, we've developed a niche representing alcoholic beverage manufacturers, so hanging out with them is a nice bonus.

Your interests outside of work:

Snowboarding, hiking, backpacking, travel, and contemporary theater.

What is your favorite movie:

Godzilla 1984

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

Chances are that money and status are far less important to you than job satisfaction. Go and see as many options as you can, then pick the one that feels right. It might not be the job that most enhances your resume.

What advice do you have for success in summer positions:

Go into every summer position with the attitude that you will be happier, more successful and, yes, wealthier, if you learn as many new skills as possible. Whether you're paid or not really is secondary to whether you will learn how to do something. If you are capable of handling a type of case, transaction, or other area of law better than most lawyers, then you'll have security and freedom to chart your own career. The more areas you can handle competently, the more independent you can be.