Today, I walked over to Building F for a meeting with one of TCEQ’s Environmental Lawyers. I met him through noontime volleyball, and he was happy to meet with me to discuss the field and what it’s like to practice law for the public sector.
But before we delve into that, I would like to say a word about Building F. I had never actually been inside before, but I jog by it occasionally and always marvel at how fancy it looks. Everyone who walks in looks super spiffy. It’s like, the Googleplex of American environmental regulation.
Anyways, I got to go inside today. The building has its own interior gardener, who I saw diligently watering and shifting soil around. I flashed my badge at the security desk and tried to pretend like I belonged. The elevators were the fancy open-glass-type, so watched the gardener lady get smaller and smaller as I ascended to the top floor.
I had factored in enough time for me to get a little lost, which I was grateful for. The place is a maze. I made it to Mr. Olson’s door with a minute to spare. He had a very firm handshake and a giant basketball trophy in his office.
We talked about how TCEQ’s attorneys are distributed, and how private environmental law differs from public environmental law. I asked him about what he did, how he got there, and if he enjoyed it. I’ll spare you the details, but the conversation was really, really helpful in understanding environmental law. He gave me tips on the LSAT, law school admissions, and choosing the right school.
All in all, it was an hour well spent. I will be drafting a thank-you note tonight and sending it out tomorrow.