Q: Why did you get into law in the first place?
A: I entered the legal profession in order to further develop my professional skills and have a better understanding of how law, the private sector, and government work together in our economy.
Q: What are your responsibilities as a White House Intern?
A: As an intern in the National Economic Council, I work on financial regulatory and housing issues. My responsibilities are to help research aspects of proposed policies and rules. On housing, I help research how more consumers can become eligible to qualify for a mortgage. I research statutes, rules, and various state laws that affect housing credit markets.
Q: What projects have been the most exciting to work on?
A: The two most exciting projects that I have worked on are a policy recommendation memo regarding access to credit and an update on financial regulation reform policy recommendations. While working on this project, I’ve interacted with HUD lawyers and stakeholders.
Q: How has your legal education benefited you in this position?
A: My legal education has benefited me in my current role by having a strong foundational knowledge of the rulemaking process. Law school, specifically my 1L statutory tax course, helped me understand what happens after a statute has been passed, and how federal agencies interpret the statute and implement rules. It has also helped in being able to take dense information and quickly summarize it in a memo.
Q: Tell us something cool that has happened during your internship?
A: A couple of things: 1) My co-interns and I were able to see the President and First Lady arrive on Marine One. 2) I was able to spend a few minutes with HUD Secretary Julian Castro, who is a former law school classmate of our Associate Academic Dean at Hastings, and also told me that he was a former White House Intern while at Stanford.