J.K. Robison has always been curious when it comes to legal matters and knew that she wanted to help others. While completing college, she spent her summers working in law firms as a clerk. She enjoyed working in the small firm environment and knew the field of law was the perfect fit for her. Robison is a 1979 graduate of Linn Mar High School and has been engaged as an attorney in private practice with Allen Vernon and Hoskins, P.L.C. since 1986.
When Robison was a sophomore in college, she found herself intrigued by the logic, rules, and the notion of being able to serve others.
“I kept my options open. I’m kind of a generalist. There’s a lot of things that I end up wrapping my head around, so I was able to pursue technical options at the same time, pursuing a business degree. I graduated and got into Iowa law,” said Robison.
Robison’s areas of practice include probate trust in the state and real estate, along with business organizations.
“My objective is that everybody who sits in my office leaves better off than when they came. I take that seriously and the relationships that I foster really keeps me going,” said Robison.
This position requires critical thinking, creative problem-solving, communication, ability to think from multiple perspectives, an understanding of different cultures and lifestyles, reading comprehension, writing skills, and basic computer skills such as typing and using spreadsheets.
“Someone who wants to pursue law should eat up English classes as much as they can now. It's a good skill to have,” said Robison.
Robison recommends that students improve their social skills, such as networking, communicating with clients, improvising, and speaking in front of large groups of people. This will help expand their public speaking skills and develop greater connections with audiences and clients.
“The one real difference between the academic world and the practice of law is that perfection is not a compensable endeavor,” said Robison. “Nobody's going to want to pay you to be perfect, they're going to pay you to get the job done.”
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