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Jessica Lawless was a Natural Resources Task Force Research Analyst at the American Legislative Exchange Council during the summer of 2007. As of 2011, she is a law student at American University, Washington College of Law, where she will earn a JD in 2012.
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Education and Experience
Lawless graduated from The Johns Hopkins University with a Bachelor of Arts in International Studies and International Business Law in 2008. As an undergraduate, she worked at the American Legislative Exchange Council, interning for their Natural Resources Task Force. There, she authored a piece called "Issue in Brief: Energy Independence" that was included in the ALEC Report on Energy, the Environment, and Economics.
Lawless went on to law school at American University in 2009. During the summer of 2010, she was an Aviation Enforcement and Proceedings Law Clerk at the Office of the General Counsel for the U.S. Department of Transportation.
Articles and Resources
- American Legislative Exchange Council
- ALEC, "Energy, the Environment, and Economics: A Guide for State Legislators," 5th Edition, June 2007. (Lawless wrote the section titled "Issue in Brief: Energy Independence")