Jan. 20, 2015 - Carson Severson, a first-year student at the University of Houston Law Center, has been elected as the alumni representative to the board of trustees of Southwestern University.
He graduated from Southwestern University cum laude in May 2015, with a B.A. in Political Science.
Severson along with other board members are responsible for the system of governance, academic life, student life, and the fiscal affairs of the University. He will be helping set the budget for each academic year along with making and regulating policies.
He will hold this position until October 2017.
He explains that the greatest challenge of being a law student and a board member is the time commitment of both positions, since he will be attending several board meetings throughout the year.
“I am confident that I will be able to overcome the difficulty with my time management skills,” he said.
“At Southwestern I played on the basketball team for four years,” he said.
“This was a rigorous commitment, and in order to ensure my grades were where I wanted them, I sacrificed personal time with friends. I believe relaxing with friends is important, but it is also critical for one to devote the necessary time to your commitments, I will strive to excel in both positions.”
Severson chose to go to law school after a constitutional law course he took his junior year at Southwestern.
“My interest only heightened after attending Admitted Students Day where Dean Baynes discussed the power of legal education and how as lawyers we serve to bring justice to our clients,” he said, “this was inspiring and I have really enjoyed my time at the Law Center thus far.
“I will be the first lawyer in my family, and I am so thankful for the unconditional love and support they have shown me as I have pursued this opportunity at the University of Houston Law Center.”
Severson is currently interested in corporate and security law, environmental and national resources law, and intellectual property. After graduation he hopes to stay in Texas and join a mid- to large-size law firm. He is also interested in pursuing a clerkship with a state or federal judge.