Meet Renee Maring.

Student at MSU College of Law / Senate Staff Assistant

East Lansing, Michigan, USA

What inspired you to enter and pursue this field?

I like to think I was raised to be an empathetic person, and that is what ultimately drives most of my career goals. Once I left my hometown and home state I was able to see them from a different perspective and recognize where I could help others within those places. A desire to make the world a bit more equitable on a larger scale was what propelled my move to D.C., and my desire to do that at the local level was what drove me back home to Michigan and to law school.

How did you come to be in this position?

I spent my last semester of college interning in Washington, D.C., and was hired by my internship office after graduating. I wanted to experience the legislative world while working for a strong female lawmaker who aligned with my own political beliefs, and it was a great experience. After spending the next year and a half living and working there, I realized I really wanted to have a positive impact on my community back home. I began law school this past fall with the hope of becoming a public interest attorney in the West Michigan area, providing legal assistance to overlooked and disadvantaged groups. In the meantime, I am still able to work with my office part-time between classes.

What advice would you give young women looking to enter your current line of work?

Network with sincerity. I disliked networking until sat with me and explained that if you are networking for the wrong reasons, you likely won't get what you want out of it. If you want to connect with someone because they interest you, inspire you, challenge you - go for it. I was amazed by how generous people in my office were with their time and advice, and I am a better person for taking advantage of that.

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