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William R. Sherwin ( Class of 2015)

Hometown: Bismarck, North Dakota

Undergraduate school and major: The George Washington University; Double Major in Philosophy and Economics

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

Awards: Deans Award for Academic Excellence, Faculty Award for Academic Excellence 

Activities: Appellate Advocacy, Representative-Iowa Student Bar Association, Citizen Lawyer Program, Pro Bono Society, Equal Justice Foundation, Sports Law Soc

Your favorite Iowa Law memory:

Football Games, Wrestling Matches, the Fieldhouse, and time spent with my law school roommates.

Current employer:

The North Dakota Dental Association

Location:

Bismarck, North Dakota

Job title:

Executive Director

What is your pinnacle career goal:

Start and run my own business's by 35 so I can "retire" from employment.

Description of what you do:

Represent and advocate for the dental profession within the state of North Dakota. The NDDA is a state component society of the ADA.

Your favorite part of your job:

Working with Oral Health Stakeholders to make a difference for my members and the lives of North Dakotans.

Your interests outside of work:

Horses, Hunting, Fishing, Sports, and Traveling.

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

Grades, grades, and grades. Focus on your school if you wish to work in a traditional legal setting. Otherwise, focus on classes and opportunities to grow skill sets that are important for your future career path. Social skills and personality will open many doors that grades may not be able to open for you.

What advice do you have for success in summer positions:

First and foremost, enjoy your time. You made it. 95% of the battle is and will be the fit/social component. If you were selected you are more than competent. It just really matters if firm partners would like to work with you or not. Meet with associates and partners. Learn and grow in the areas that interest you. Always be respectful of support staff. They can make or break your time with the firm.