Lovell to Lead Virginia Law Review
Second-year law student Trevor Lovell has been named editor-in-chief of the Virginia Law Review, the most prestigious student-run publication at the University of Virginia School of Law.
Hometown: Austin, Texas
Prior education: BBA, Business Honors Program, McCombs School of Business, University of Texas at Austin
Prior work experience: I worked for Public Citizen's Texas office in Austin for five years after graduating from UT. I started out working on campus sustainability policy, helping student groups across the state improve the environmental practices of their colleges and universities. I eventually became the office's environmental programs coordinator, working on a number of projects including lobbying for restrictions on the importation of radioactive waste and helping a Texas landowner build a case against the exercise of eminent domain by the builders of the Keystone XL Pipeline Project.
I also formed Solar Austin Foundation, a nonprofit group representing companies in the solar energy industry in central Texas. We successfully lobbied the Austin City Council to adopt policies that doubled solar deployment in the Austin energy-service area.
Future career plans: I will be at Perkins Coie in Seattle over the summer; I'm hoping they will ask me to return.
Favorite law class or subject: Constitutional law. I'm currently enjoying Professor Howard's class on comparative constitutionalism.
Extracurricular activities at the Law School: Extramural moot court, Lile moot court competition.
Advice for students who want to make Law Review: If you are as bewildered as I was first year, don't worry — you're not alone. Talking about class material with a study group or professors outside of class helps me find my blind spots and start addressing them. In preparing for journal tryouts, go through one or two Bluebook rules each day starting now. Don't try to cram the week before. Tryouts aren't as scary as they sound, but there is an endurance aspect to them and you don't want to go in exhausted. Finally, bear in mind that there are lots of great ways to build skills, get experience and make the most of your time at UVA. Law Review is one way. Softball is another.
Goals for the Virginia Law Review in the coming year:This managing board is inheriting a storied institution that has benefitted from exceptional leadership in the last year. We will be focused on ensuring that the gains made with respect to the endowment, the centennial celebration, and the upcoming symposium are secured and leveraged for the future of the Law Review and the Law School. We also want to build on the success of VLR online by continuing to attract top-notch scholarship on current topics to be featured on the beautiful new website launched last fall. But more than anything, our job is to uphold the established legacy of the Virginia Law Review by editing and publishing first-rate articles and notes on every page.