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Tiffany S. Ikeda ( Class of 2014)

Hometown: Fresno, California

Undergraduate school and major: University of California Santa Cruz: Business Management Economics & Intensive Psychology double major

What did you come to law school to become: A public sector attorney.

Current employer: State of California, Department of Transportation

Location: Oakland, California

Job title: Deputy Attorney

What is your pinnacle career goal: It feels too early in my career to define a specific pinnacle career goal because there are several diverging paths I could take. However, in the interim, I aspire to become a highly skilled and respected trial attorney.

Description of what you do: In my current position as a litigator with the State of California Department of Transportation, I primarily defend the Department against civil lawsuits in cases involving various areas of law including premises liability, inverse condemnation, and class action defense.

Your favorite part of your job: I really enjoy the day-to-day variety in my work. I deal with novel issues on a regular basis and enjoy the challenges of active litigation.

Your interests outside of work: International travel, the constant search for great food, involvement with local community organizations, and outdoor recreation.

What is your favorite movie: Mean Girls

Where did you eat lunch yesterday: A Mexican taqueria

What do you wish your 1L/2L/3L self knew about the job search: Networking really is key--you can learn a lot about the job and the office culture by talking to someone who works in the office you're applying to. Be proactive when applying for jobs and cast a wide net, but a tailored cover letter will get you much further than a generic one.

What advice do you have for success in summer positions: For me, it was very helpful after receiving an assignment verbally to confirm instructions in writing to make sure I understood the parameters of the assignment. Use your time effectively to complete assignments early or on time. Once you complete an assignment, ask for additional work. Also, be sure to network and socialize with your colleagues in the office.