Hometown: Folsom, CA
Undergraduate: CSU Sacramento
Major: Business Administration
Lori Loutan is used to being asked where she's from. The answer-Lori's parents emigrated from the Republic of Trinidad and Tobago-gives you an idea of how Lori came to be committed to the environment. After all, she says, on the twin Caribbean islands, "Nature is at its best."
Lori majored in business administration with a concentration in land use affairs at Sacramento State, which she says was a perfect preparation for law school. McGeorge was her top choice in schools.
"Going here was always my plan," she says. "With its proximity to the state capital and to the EPA, this school offers so many opportunities and resources for students," she says. And of course the environmental law concentration was a draw. "A lot of schools have a class or two on environmental law," says Lori, "but few have a whole concentration."
Lori has an internship at McGeorge working to implement a Water Law Institute program. "This is a huge water research project that will have statewide and even national scope," says Lori. She's currently trying to get funding for the institute and put together proposals for its creation.
She also works as a law clerk for the Victims of Crime Resource Center, housed at McGeorge. The Center operates the 1-800-VICTIMS hotline which provides information and resources to crime victims throughout California.
After graduation from McGeorge, Lori dreams of working in environmental law. "I'd love to be advocating for renewable energy or working for an organization dedicated to protecting the environment," she says. She also wants to continue traveling, seeing the many beautiful places on our planet. "
Travel is what inspires my commitment to protecting the earth," she says. One place always on Lori's itinerary: Trinidad and Tobago. "I try to go every year," she says. "My whole extended family is there, the food is wonderful, and it has a natural beauty that I love."