EMLF General Fund Scholarship recipient Samantha Agnich, of Dallas is entering her third year at Southern Methodist University Dedman School of Law.
Her interest in natural resource law was inspired by her late great grandfather, Ted Agnich, a member of the Texas House of Representatives for 18 years. He was a House Committee member on Environmental Affairs, the Chair of the Subcommittee on Wildlife Preservation, and a member of the House Committee on Energy.
“Although my great-grandfather passed away when I was young, he instilled in me a passion for effectively utilizing and conserving our natural resources. He was proud of Texas’s oil and gas industry and fought tirelessly to protect our state’s position as an energy power,” Agnich said.
“Fred chose to make change through legislative action; I hope to do so through my legal career. For as long as I can remember, I have wanted to practice natural resources law to honor and carry on the tremendous legacy he left behind.”
Agnich was recommended to the scholarship committee by Dedman Professor John Lowe, who said he believed his student, already employed with Bracewell in Houston, was poised to make a difference in resources law.
“What Samantha did in my course is pretty much what she has done in all her courses at SMU Law School. she works harder than most any student I can recall. And as her resume shows, her work has paid off. She is easily in the top 10% of her class,” Lowe said. “I am also impressed with her public service. I am familiar both with the work of Texas Lawyers for Children and the Deason Criminal Justice Reform Center, and both depend heavily on volunteers to do their good deeds. Samantha is one of them.”