Talk about your journey to Rutgers Law School, what were you doing before this? What made you want to come to law school?
I worked at the George H.W. Bush Presidential Library in College Station, TX. I worked with some of his personal belongings but also many of the gifts he was given as president. The presidential libraries fall under the National Archives and Records Administration so all of the gifts and documents from his four years as President are housed there. I worked with everything from school children's artwork that was sent to President Bush to gifts of state from foreign leaders from Saudi Arabia, the Russian Federation, Argentina, Germany, and lots of other places. Some of my favorite artifacts to work with were Mrs. Bush's gowns! My time mostly consisted of electronic record keeping for our collection of artifacts, as well as physically caring for the artifacts and making sure they were stored and displayed in ways that would ensure their longevity.
I ultimately wanted to work in public interest in some capacity and I had been interested in going to law school since graduating from A&M. I realized that many of my favorite things about my job at the museum translated to a legal career so I thought a law degree would be the best tool for me to accomplish my goals.
What appealed to you about Rutgers Law?
I feel very passionately about social justice and creating an equitable society. Rutgers’ proximity to historic racial justice movements, and their commitment to diversity, inclusion, and social justice made it the clear choice for me. I also wanted to experience a new place, out of my comfort zone for law school so I was really excited to move out of state for the first time in my life!
Talk a little about yourself and your background
I grew up in Central Texas, and spent a large amount of holidays and summers at my grandparents ranch out in West Texas. I graduated from Texas A&M University (Whoop!!) I majored in Anthropology and Museum Studies! I'm a first-gen college graduate and law student. My parents are small business owners in our community. One of the companies is named after me: "Lindsey's Trailers." (They sell utility trailers, dump trailers, and cattle trailers) Someone asked why it was named after me and my dad replied that it was my college fund!! They're the reason I'm able to be here today. I'm so proud of them and thankful to them.
What are your goals for your post-law school career?
Being from Texas, my heart pulls towards immigration law. There are so many great nonprofits doing great work at the border. But I'm honestly not sure of where I would like to end up or exactly what I want to do. My ultimate goal is to utilize my degree in any way that moves us toward a more equitable society.