Asked & Answered: Amarachi Ihejirika ’16
Amarachi Ihejirika ’16 is a product liability defense lawyer with Blackwell Burke in Minneapolis. She was recently recognized by the National Black Lawyers as one of its “Top 40 under 40.”
YOUR TYPICAL WORKDAY?
No day is the same, but most days involve some combination of the following—interpreting case law, statutes, and/or procedural rules, analyzing discrete legal issues, discussing case strategy, and otherwise collaborating virtually with my colleagues.
WHAT DO YOU LIKE ABOUT YOUR JOB?
I like learning about the science and technology behind the products. I also like learning about the client’s business and the overarching industry. The learning opportunities are endless.
HOW HAS THE COVID-19 PANDEMIC IMPACTED YOU?
The biggest change has been working from home. It has pushed me to find new and creative ways to work and to live. Socializing is much more limited these days. Usually it takes the form of FaceTime or a socially distanced walk. I’m looking forward to when I can safely visit family again.
YOUR FAVORITE MINNESOTA LAW EXPERIENCE?
Participating in the Maynard Pirsig Moot Court—the first time as a student and the second time as a student director. Briefing a constitutional issue and then delivering an argument while thinking on your feet and being questioned about the merits of your position is quite the experience.
FREE TIME ACTIVITIES?
When I’m not working, I’m most likely doing one of the following activities—walking, exercising, cooking, brainstorming new design ideas for my living space, watching Netflix, and keeping in touch with family and friends.
ADVICE TO ENTERING STUDENTS?
In the first year of law school, there is an emphasis on the “right” way to be a 1L. While the guidance is helpful, it’s not a one-size-fits-all. Most importantly, be yourself. ❘