By Spencer Rehn, McKinney 3L
The IndyBar Law Student Division welcomed four attorneys to a Breakfast with the Bar on April 12, and the discussion ranged from what they do on a day to day basis, their backgrounds and the jobs they’ve held, even all the way to a discussion about the merits of solo practice in the field of environmental law.
Specifically, we welcomed Lauren Hacias from Hatchett & Hauck LLP, Douglas Louks from the Indiana Department of Environmental Management, Bernard Paul from B Paul Consulting LLC, and Andrea K. Townsend of Plews Shadley Racher & Braun LLP.
The four generally discussed the widespread and diverse nature of the field of environmental law, the difference between the billable hour at a law firm versus the experiences they had working for the state or for a corporation and the somewhat untraditional path some of they had taken to get to where they are. They all stressed the importance of at least a small understanding of the science related to the environment and recommended students take environmental classes and business law classes in addition to mentioning the importance of first year courses such as property and contracts.
Finally, they all agreed that small events like the breakfast are one of the best ways for law students to get their name out there, to meet the right people that can connect them to a job or internship and to get familiar with the practice of environmental law – an especially small pool in the already tightknit Indianapolis legal community. Keep an eye out for next year's Breakfast with the Bar schedule!
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