2021 Summer Law Clerk
I grew up in the beautiful state of Colorado in a little suburb of Denver called Littleton. Littleton is located about 25 minutes from Denver and is approximately 35 minutes from the mountains. Naturally, I developed a love for camping and the outdoors at a very young age. For my first job, I was lucky enough to work as a lifeguard at a marina. What that really meant was that I got to spend my summers enjoying nature, paddle boarding, kayaking, and patrolling a lake via jet ski. As far as summer jobs go, I don’t think it gets much better than that.
In high school I was involved in many different activities. I was on the cheer team all four years, played lacrosse one year, and tennis for three years. I was the captain of both my cheer and tennis teams my senior year. In addition to athletics, I was involved in theater, student council, several clubs, and volunteered to help with the Senior Citizen’s Prom put on by the school each year. I am at my best when I am busy, I believe there is too much to learn and experience to sit still for too long.
I loved growing up in Colorado, but when it came time for me to decide where to go to college, I wanted to experience something new. I attended the University of Alabama (Roll Tide!!) and earned my Bachelor of the Arts in English with a minor in Business in December of 2019. English has always been my favorite subject. I was never a big fan of math or science so when I got to college and realized I would never have to take a class in either subject again, I was overjoyed. Historical fiction is one of my favorite genres so, I specialized in British literature and loved every minute of getting to indulge my inner Jane Austin nerd. During college I was involved in many different activities. From being involved in my sorority, Kappa Alpha Theta, to serving as the Director of Community Events for Beat Auburn Beat Hunger, an on-campus food drive and competition with our rival school Auburn, I was always busy. However, I was never so busy that I had to miss an Alabama football game when they played at home. There is truly nothing like the energy in Bryant-Denny Stadium when the Tide is winning. Prior to attending school in Alabama, I had never spent time in south beyond an occasional cheerleading tournament in high school. Though the heat and humidity took some getting used to, I instantly fell in love with the kindness and generosity of the southern people.
The first two years of college I was not really sure what I wanted to do. Law was always in the back of my mind, but it was not until I took a course on the legal environment of business during my junior year that I decided to go to law school. That decision was strengthened by the summer I spent volunteering as a legal assistant at Colorado Legal Services. I worked in the Family Law division and got to see first- hand the positive impact a lawyer can make in a person’s life. That really inspired me and further cemented in my head that law was the right path for me. As if there had not already been enough signs that I should pursue a legal career, that same summer I was selected to serve on the jury of a murder trial. I have always been a big fan of the show Law and Order, and while real trials are not quite as dramatic as the ones on television, I was shocked to see that there were many similarities. Being able to get a behind the scenes look at several different types of law was the final push I needed to sign up for and take the LSAT.
Flash forward a year and a half, and I have completed my first year at Texas A&M University School of Law. It was a very challenging year between the pandemic, moving to a new state, and the usual rigors of law school, but I have never been more confident in my decision to pursue a career in law. I am still unsure of what kind of law I want to practice, but I am looking forward to learning about all the different practice areas that the Brandy Austin Law Firm offers. In addition to my work at the firm, I will be working as a Research Assistant over the summer.
Outside of school I enjoy watching Netflix, baking, and traveling. I am a sucker for a modern Jane Austin adaptation, romantic comedies, Hallmark movies, and cheesy sitcoms. I also enjoy reality television and true crime documentaries. One of my favorite things to do is to cook for all my friends and host Bachelor viewing parties during the season. Cooking and baking have always been passions of mine. I love learning how to make new things and trying different decorating techniques. As much as I love watching movies and baking, traveling is my absolute favorite thing to do. I have been blessed to be able to travel to nearly all of the states and several different places in Europe and I hope to explore even more of the world very soon. My favorite place that I have been is Paris, France. I have always been fascinated with the French culture. I took French classes all through high school and college, but nothing compares to the magic of actually being in Paris. The next places I hope to travel to internationally are Greece, Scotland, Ireland, and Italy. As far as traveling in the US, I hope to visit the Northeast in the fall to see all the beautiful foliage. I have loved getting to explore the Dallas-Fort Worth area the past year and look forward to exploring even more now that things are beginning to reopen.