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Lauren Morina '20L with her dog Harley

Life Outside the Law: Lauren Morina ’20L

Lauren Morina ’20L is a graduate of the University of South Florida. Before law school, Lauren served four years in the U.S. Navy as a cryptologic intelligence analyst, deploying twice to the Horn of Africa, and a third time in the Baltic region. In addition to a demanding law school schedule, Lauren volunteers her time with Rockbridge Area Hospice and the Rockbridge Animal Alliance. She is shown above with her dog, Harley.

What She Does

For hospice, I’ve been working their front desk shifts as needed. I answer telephones, greet clients, send out mail, and any other general administrative duties that they need. Rockbridge Animal Alliance conducts a once a month pet food pantry that is operated in conjunction with the Rockbridge Area Relief Association’s food bank. Members of the community who qualify for the food bank also qualify for the pet food pantry. There, I help with loading/unloading dog and cat food, distribution, helping folks to their cars, and also discuss with them their options for spaying/neutering their pets, getting necessary vaccines, and ID tags at a low cost here in Rockbridge County.

Why She Does It

The demands of law school can make the experience feel somewhat all consuming. I’ve chosen to take on this outside activity as a way to stay grounded and connected to the community outside of law school. Living in a small town makes it easy to connect with people and find opportunities to give back. Lexington is such a special place. I feel very fortunate to pursue my legal education here and it’s very rewarding to give back to the community that I’ve grown to love so much.