Ask the Summer Associates: Jeffrey Brunelle

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This week, we sat down with Summer Associate Jeffrey Brunelle, a New Hampshire native who has come to love Iowa.

  1. What drew you to Lane & Waterman as a place to spend your summer as a Summer Associate? When I was looking for a job for this summer the most important thing to me was to work at a firm that worked in a broad range of practice areas. After that I was hoping to work for a “medium-sized” firm, a firm with around 50 attorneys who were friendly, collegial, and not internally competitive. Lane and Waterman hit both of those “sweet spots” for me but what really sealed the deal was when I came to Davenport for my second interview. The interview itself was pretty typical for law firm interviews, sit down and chat with some partners and then go out to lunch with attorneys. Lane and Waterman was the only firm where at lunch we didn’t talk about “the law” or work at all, we talked about college sports and Whitey’s ice cream. At everywhere else I interviewed the associates and partners at lunch seemed tired, overworked, and not excited to go back to the office when lunch ended. At Lane and Waterman everyone was smiling, laughing, and having a good time. I already knew about Lane and Waterman’s great reputation and opportunities, but that lunch really made clear that this was a good place to be.
  2. What area of law are you most interested in practicing? Right now I’m drawn to litigation work and criminal defense, but I’m very aware that my lack of experience limits my ability to say for sure what I’d like to do for the rest of my life. I might wind up enjoying something this summer I never considered.
  3. What area of law would you like to avoid practicing? Hard to say, if I had to choose I would probably say regulatory compliance. That said, like question 2, my exposure to different areas of the law is limited at this point in my career, ask me in 3 months.
  4. What has been your most interesting class in law school so far? The most “interesting” has probably been Property. I have a Bachelor’s degree in History and Property is based a lot on historical law and the evolution and adaptation of that tradition into our modern society which I liked. My “favorite” class though was definitively Evidence. Also, while not a class, I loved working in the Legal Clinic at the law school. It was the first time I truly felt like I was using my education and skills to make a difference and that’s an intoxicating feeling.
  5. What book are you reading right now? Right now I’m re-reading The Fellowship of the Ring. I read the works of Tolkien religiously in Middle School and I used to read the Lord of the Rings trilogy every year. I realized this Spring that I hadn’t read them for about 15 years and decided to make re-reading the series a priority for the summer. It’s better than I remember it.
  6. Where did you grow up? I grew up in a little town called Bow, New Hampshire which is just outside of the state capitol, Concord. I graduated from the University of New Hampshire and then moved to Los Angeles where I lived for 4 years before attending law school at the University of Iowa. Iowa is a lot like New Hampshire in a lot of ways and I’m very happy I chose Iowa Law.
  7. What do you do for fun? During the school year I do a lot of bar trivia and karaoke with friends. I’m also a huge college football fan so football season at Iowa is like looking forward to a birthday party that comes along every 7 days. Otherwise I also enjoy soccer, skiing, baseball, and improv comedy.
  8. What are you most looking forward to about your summer work experience here? This is a hard question. I guess to put it simply I’m excited to experience as many different practice areas and issues as I can. I love seeing how the law affects everyone in society and I love being able to make a difference so the more opportunities to do that the better.

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