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William Gyauch ( Class of 2014)

Hometown: Dothan, AL

Undergraduate school and major: Furman University, Political Science

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

Journal of Gender, Race & Justice, competitive trial team, moot court, Outlaws, ProBono Society, research assistant

Your favorite Iowa Law memory:

My favorite memories all involve my classmates. Iowa fosters a great sense of community among its students that allows them to help push each other further and rely on each other in times of need.

Current employer:

Maryland Office of the Public Defender

Location:

Baltimore, MD

Job title:

Assistant Public Defender, Parental Defense Division

Previous positions:

Darrow-Baldus Fellow, University of Iowa College of Law

Description of what you do:

As a public defender in the Parental Defense Division I represent indigent parents who have had their children removed by the Department of Social Services following allegations of neglect and abuse.

Your favorite part of your job:

It would have to be my coworkers. Our area of law is very unsettled so having a team of attorneys to bounce ideas off of, work problems through with, and help craft novel legal arguments is incredibly important. It helps us provide the best defense for our clients and effectively represent them as they fight to have their children returned.

Your interests outside of work:

Cooking, travel, hiking

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

That the path you take may not be the one you expect. I now have bar passage in 3 states, returned to Iowa for an 18 month Fellowship, and then moved to Baltimore for my current position basically sight unseen. It can be stressful, but the wonderful thing about the law is that there are options all around you if you are willing to put in the work to find the right fit.

What advice do you have for success in summer positions:

Involve yourself any way you can. Even if you don't think a current summer position is the type of law you will practice learning to analyze and apply that law will help you develop skills for wherever you go. Ask to draft motions, do file reviews, and file documents with the clerk; learning the process of working in a law office can be just as important as the big cases. If there is court time/litigation, figure out who to watch and observe as much as you can!