Lauren Willis Lovett ('07) currently serves as Attorney-Advisor at the United States Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) Office of General Counsel in the Civil Rights and Finance Law Office. She enjoys counseling clients on assistance law, appropriations law, and civil rights law. She is also a volunteer member of EPA's Response Support Corps and has been working in EPA's Emergency Operations Center during the Deepwater Horizon oil spill.
While in the University of Maryland School of Law's Environmental Law Program, Lauren traveled to Brazil with the Tobacco Control Clinic where she participated in the first meeting of the Ad Hoc Study Group on Alternative Crops to Tobacco, initiated by the World Health Organization (WHO) under the Framework Convention on Tobacco Control. One of the representatives from the Framework Convention Alliance, Cancer Research UK, could not attend the conference, so Lauren was asked to present their statement. "It was amazing to speak in front of WHO members and learn about the inner workings of implementing a global public health treaty."
Lauren found that "the opportunities provided by the Environmental Law Program were integral to preparing me for my career. Students interested in environmental law should take advantage of the certificate program course offerings and make sure to gain real-life experience during law school through the clinical program, volunteer work, or part-time employment." Lauren encourages first year law students who are interested in government service to look for internships at an agency during the summer. Lauren started at EPA as a volunteer in EPA's Office of Enforcement & Compliance Assurance and then worked as a law clerk in EPA OGC's Summer Honors Program. The Environmental Law Program help students obtain externships through an extensive network of program alumni as well as contacts with professionals in the environmental law field.