Lauren Payne - Class of 2019
Before Law School…
I graduated from WVU in May 2016 with my bachelor’s degree in Environmental and Natural Resource Economics, and I had three minors in Agricultural and Natural Resource Law, Agricultural Business Management and Political Science.
Over the summer, I was an Americorps VISTA summer associate with Friends of Blackwater in their Thomas office. I worked with them on several projects, and I helped create symposium projects for high school students participating in the Health Sciences and Technology Academy.
Why WVU Law?
I’ve worked in the café and bookstore at the Law School for three years now, so I’ve gotten a unique view of the students, faculty and everything that happens. Everyone here has always been so nice and so professional. There’s always a sense of inclusion, even for someone as low on the totem pole as a barista at Starbucks. I’ve always felt like everyone is a big family here, and I’ve gotten to meet a lot of the professors on a different basis than if I was a student. I’ve enjoyed it here so much that I decided to stay.
I’m focused on energy or environmental law right now. I’m interested in energy law with a focus on renewable resources.
In 10 years…
I hope to be in Virginia or Ohio working with their booming natural resources, whether that’s something like natural gas or a renewable aspect like wind or solar farms, helping the companies follow regulations and still make a profit.
Outside of Law School…
I have a really cute dog, so I like to take him to the park and show pictures of him to people, even if they didn’t ask to see them. His name is Coal, and he’s a black lab/hound mix.