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Samuel Berbano
Ames, IA

I am a third-year law student with experience with courtroom advocacy, poverty law, and in-house counsel. After graduation, I want to practice in litigation and appellate advocacy. I am fluent in Spanish and have a passion for legal research, new media, and my Iowa State Cyclones.

As part of the Appellate Advocacy Clinic at Drake, I argued two cases in the Iowa Supreme Court. I briefed a third case, State v. Miller, which appears as the writing sample. Oral arugment video can be found on the Court's website.

• Case No: 11-0719 - State v. Schories (Argument: September 2012; Opinion: 2013 WL 646240 (Iowa 2013))
• Case No: 11-1262 - State v. Huston (Argument: December 2012; Opinion: 825 N.W.2d 531 (Iowa 2013))

I work for Thomson Reuters as a Westlaw Student Representative. I help fellow students with legal research and write for the Legal Solutions Blog. In March 2013, I presented a national webinar on WestlawNext and oral advocacy competitions.

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Status: Third-year Law Student
Interests: Appellate Advocacy, Litigation, Legal Research, And Public Service

G Location

Currently: Ames, IA
Hometown: Ames, IA
Desired Location: Open to relocation

n Education

Iowa State University
Dual Bachelor of Arts Degrees: Political Science; Journalism & Mass Communication
Graduated May 2008
Iowa State University
Master of Science, Journalism & Mass Communication
Graduated May 2010
Drake University Law School
Appellate Advocacy, Litigation
Graduated May 2013 (expected)

O Experience

Law Clerk for Iowa State University Office of University Counsel
Ames, IA Jan 2013 - present
Athletics Compliance Intern with Iowa State University
Ames, IA August 2012 - December 2012
Judicial Intern under Judge Larry McLellan, 5th Judicial District
Des Moines, IA January 2013 - present
Thomson Reuters, Westlaw Student Representative
Des Moines, IA 2012 - present
Migrant Farm Worker Project Intern, Iowa Legal Aid
Iowa 2012-2013
Student Attorney for the Iowa State Appellate Defender
Des Moines, IA August 2012 - December 2012

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S Achievements

Order of Barristers:
Dean's List (two semesters):
ABA Arbitration: 2011 Regional Semifinalist:
ABA Arbitration, 2012 Regional Semifinalist:
AAJ Mock Trial, 2012 Regional Finalist:

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