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BC Law Environmental Law Society Hosts Energy and Environmental Law Career Panel

By Natalia Cabrera JD ꞌ15

On Thursday, March 27th, BC Law’s Environmental Law Society hosted five BC alums for a career panel focusing on energy and environmental law.  Three panelists joined in person, and two panelists attended via Skype.

Steve Venezia ꞌ76, Deputy General Counsel for the Massachusetts Department of Energy Resources, represented the government sector.  Having obtained his undergraduate degree from BC, Mr. Venezia explained how foreign affairs had sparked his interest in energy law.

Anthony Iarrapino ꞌ98, another BC undergraduate alum, noted that he had chosen his career path early and was driven to find an environmental career upon graduating from Vermont Law School.  Mr. Iarrapino works with the Conservation Law Foundation out of the Vermont office, and he joined the discussion through Skype.  Also visiting over Skype was Seth Kerschner JD ꞌ06, who is a BC Law graduate working in environmental law at the firm White & Case in New York City.

Kristin Gerber JD ꞌ08, an attorney with the firm Mintz Levin in Boston, participated in person.  Ms. Gerber works with emerging businesses by helping them incorporate clean technology into their businesses.  Clean technology and energy is also particularly important to Jeremy McDiarmid JD '04. Jeremy’s work at Mass Clean Energy Center helps support incubators and grow the clean energy economy.

A common theme among the panelists’ discussion was the variety of their day-to-day responsibilities, the amount of work that is being done attorneys focusing on the environment, and the ease of being side-tracked by other projects.  The panelists kept it lighthearted, however, noting that despite the workload, they all found their jobs to be rewarding.

These BC alums’ willingness to take time out of their evenings to talk to BC Law students about their careers demonstrates their pride in their careers and how important BC was in helping develop their professional interests and skills.

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