Commencement is upon us, and another class of 3Ls is preparing to transition from the College of Law’s lecture halls into their professional roles across the country. This year’s class includes a number of graduates who will be entering intellectual property (“IP”), innovation, and business-law-related fields.

 

Here are a few members of the University of Iowa College of Law’s Class of 2018 who will be turning their passions for intellectual property, business, and innovation law into exciting careers.

 

Emily Asp

 

After graduation, Ms. Asp will be heading north to work in the Minnesota Court of Appeals as a law clerk. After her year in judicial chambers, she will be moving to Stinson Leonard Street in Minneapolis. Having captured first place at the BMI Cardozo Entertainment and Media Law Moot Court Competition with teammate Kassandra Ricklefs this spring, Ms. Asp will continue pursuing her passion for IP litigation and licensing work in the firm’s IP department.

 

Megan Hingtgen

 

Ms. Hingtgen will be joining IP litigation boutique Carlson Caspers in Minneapolis. Her practice there will mostly involve patent litigation, but will also include trade secret, copyright, and trademark litigation. Her long-term goal is to continue growing her litigation skill set and hopefully becoming a partner at the firm. Ms. Hingtgen is particularly interested in Hatch-Waxman (pharmaceutical) litigation and related FDA laws and regulations. During her 3L year, Ms. Hingtgen served as co-president of the Intellectual Property Law Society. Before graduating, she was named as one of the recipients of the ABA-Bloomberg BNA award in the area of intellectual property.

 

Sarah Jack

 

Ms. Jack will be clerking for Judge Richard Andrews in the District of Delaware. In August 2019, she will relocate to Washington D.C. to clerk for Judge Kathleen O'Malley at the Court of Appeal for the Federal Circuit. Both of these courts are known for their patent dockets, so both clerkships will be heavily patent focused. After completing her clerkships, Ms. Jack plans to move into the private sector and work as a patent litigator. Ms. Jack was also named as one of the recipients of the ABA-Bloomberg BNA award in the area of intellectual property.

 

Cecelia MacDonald

 

Ms. MacDonald will be working at Skadden, Arps, Slate, Meagher & Flom in New York City. Though her specific practice group within the firm will not be confirmed until later this month, she knows she will eventually settle in one of the Skadden Arps’s four transactional law practice groups. While at Iowa, Ms. MacDonald earned the Innovation, Business & Law Center Award, along with fellow 3L Tyler Latcham.

 

Brandon Pakkebier

 

Following graduation, Mr. Pakkebier will be heading out east, where he will join the Delaware office of Fish and Richardson. There, he will focus on Delaware corporate litigation and patent litigation. His long-term goals include clerking for the Federal Circuit and then returning to Fish to continue practicing patent law. While a student at Iowa, Mr. Pakkebier and teammate Tyler Latcham won the regional round of the Giles Rich Patent Moot Court Competition and advanced to the semi-finals of the national round. Mr. Pakkebier was also named as a recipient of the ABA-Bloomberg BNA award in the area of intellectual property.

 

Kassandra Ricklefs

 

Ms. Ricklefs will be beginning her legal career in Iowa after graduation when she becomes part of the team at Davis Brown in Des Moines. Fresh off her and Ms. Asp’s first-place finish at the BMI Cardozo Entertainment and Media Law Moot Court Competition this spring, Ms. Ricklefs will be doing a little bit of everything involving IP and litigation at Davis Brown.