2021 Law Clerk
My name is Emily Garza, and I am a rising 2L at Texas A&M University School of Law. I am originally from League City, Texas, which is between Houston and Galveston. Most of my family still lives in that area. But due to the busy schedule of law school, I am not able to go home and visit my family as often as I would like. While I do not have any pets with me in Fort Worth, I do have a have an orange tabby cat named Pumpkin and a white terrier named Jax back home. My dad is a pharmacist, my mom and stepmom are both teachers, and my younger brother is studying Accounting at the University of Houston, so I will be the first lawyer in my family.
Because both of my parents were Aggies, I decided at a young age that Texas A&M was the school for me. I graduated in May of 2020 from Texas A&M with a BA in Political Science and a Minor in Communications. Due to the pandemic, I was not able to have a commencement ceremony, so I technically graduated in my family’s living room. That experience was both odd and sweet at the same time. My favorite part about being an Aggie is the so-called Aggie Family. I have been stopped many times in the grocery store because a fellow Aggie noticed my Aggie Ring, and it always leads to a good story.
During my time in undergrad, I was a part of a student organization called Slide. Slide is a sophomore leadership organization geared toward promoting mental health and sexual assault awareness on Texas A&M’s campus. For my senior year of college, I served as Slide’s Mental Health Executive. In that position, I lead a team of 5 directors, and together we worked with a group of 20 sophomores. Our biggest responsibility as the mental health committee was to put on an event called “Mental Health Week.” For each day of Mental Health Week, we would organize an event related to mental health awareness. Some examples of events include: a mental health resources panel, a raffle fundraiser, and an open mic night. Unfortunately, however, we were not able to put on Mental Health Week due to the pandemic. In addition to Mental Health Week, we also worked closely with the National Alliance on Mental Illness (NAMI) through fundraising and attending mental health related trainings. One of my favorite events with NAMI was a 5K where Slide was able to raise over $3,000 for the NAMI chapter in Brazos Valley.
In my free time I like to cook. When I first left for college, my dad made me a cookbook of all our family recipes, and I am still trying to cook through all of them. Right now, my favorite meal to cook is carne asada. I also like to bake things like pies, cookies, muffins, and cakes. Growing up my grandma would bake cookies when it rains, and I find myself falling into that same habit. However, I have yet to master her oatmeal raisin cookie recipe so that is a work in progress. In addition to cooking, I also enjoy watching TV shows and movies, spending time with my friends, and going on walks.
I have a deep appreciation for live theatre. When I was in the second grade, my mom took me to see Wicked when it came to Houston. Seeing that performance made me fall in love with the stage, and it is one of my favorite musicals to this day. In high school I was able to go to New York with my theatre troupe and I was able to see my first Broadway show, School of Rock. I have yet to go back to New York, but I have a list of shows I hope to see whenever I get the chance to go back.
Being from Houston, I am a big fan of the Houston sports teams. Specifically, I really enjoy watching the Astros. Watching the Astros play with my friends in the summer is one of my favorite activities. Unfortunately, because I no longer live in Houston, I cannot see as many of their games as I would like. However, I do plan on seeing at least one game between the Astros and the Rangers when they play in Arlington.
I always knew I wanted to go to law school and become a lawyer. When deciding on a major for college, I was really focused on finding a major that would get me to law school. I decided on Political Science after taking AP Government in high school. I found that I really enjoyed learning about how our government works, and I even thought the 4-hour AP exam was fun. My interest in government continued throughout my undergraduate studies as I focused on American Policy and Politics. Although I enjoyed Political Science, I did not want to continue in that field. Because I knew my goal was law school, I decided to graduate a year early. Luckily, I was accepted into law school, so I was able to begin my journey to become a lawyer immediately after I graduated.
I decided to go to law school because I felt it encompassed most of my strengths and interests. My biggest goal for my law career is to find an area of that will allow me to use my knowledge of the law to help others. I am currently interested in Family Law, although I am open to pursuing other areas. I am interested in Family Law because I like that you are given a unique opportunity to help someone during a complicated or emotional situation. I have experience with divorce and complicated family dynamics, so I would like the opportunity to use that experience for the benefit of others.
I am just beginning my legal journey, but I am incredibly grateful to be beginning it with the Brandy Austin Law Firm!