MEET THE REP-PP CLASS OF 201​9

Welcome to the Residency Externship Program in Public Policy

Meet our students
: Learn more about the students participating in the Spring 201​​9 T​exas A&M School of Law Residency Externship Program in Public Policy in Washington, D.C. and Austin, Texas.

Learn what our students have to say about the program: Each year, students in the Residency Externship Program in Public Policy (REP-PP) contribute to the REP-PP website through blog posts.  In addition to the “Meet the Students” blog posts, each student submits at least one post centered around one of the Aggie Core Values - Loyalty, Excellence, Integrity, Leadership, Respect and Selfless Service. Check back often to see how our students are progressing in their externships and exemplifying our Aggie Core Values.

2019 REP-PP DC students
2019 REP-PP Austin students

Texas A&M Law Residency Externship Program in Public Policy Class of 2019

Washington D.C. Externs (top photo, left to right):
  • Taylor Winn, U.S. Senate, Committee on the Judiciary for Senator John Cornyn
  • Daniel Howell, Cornerstone Government Affairs
  • Ashley Graves, Environmental Law Institute
  • Daniel Weinstein, U.S. Senate, Office of Senator Patty Murray
  • Pedro Bravo, Texas Public Policy Foundation
  • Ryan Grant, Republican Study Committee, U.S. House of Representatives
Austin Texas Externs (bottom photo, left to right):
  • Jacob Hugentobler, Office of Governor Greg Abbott, Budget & Policy Office
  • Megan Fullerton, Texas Senate State Affairs Committee
  • Michael Galyen, Texas Senate Business & Commerce Committee
  • Taylor Faught, Texas Agriculture Commission (not pictured)

Pedro Bravo REP-PP 2019
Student Name​Pedro Bravo
​Law School Year:  ​​2L, ​Spring 2020 Graduate
Placement:  Texas Public Policy Foundation, Washington, D.C.

Meet Pedro

Why did you decide to participate in the REP-PP?
After leaving the Army in 2014, I knew I wanted to attend law school in order to pursue a life of continued public service. The REP-PP was a no brainer in working towards that goal. The REP-PP places you with experienced public servants that work to achieve policy for the greater good. From day one of law school, I knew I had to be a part of the REP-PP.

What are you most excited about as you prepare for your REP-PP externship?

I am excited to be working with experienced public servants that can guide me through the policymaking process at the national level. I am also looking forward to learning how the priorities in D.C. differ and interact with those at the state level.

What skills do you hope to gain from your experiences in the REP-PP?

I hope to continue to build on my research and writing skills. I especially hope to learn how to effectively apply those skills in the policy-making arena. In the end, if I have a minor impact on a national policy during my externship, I will be more than satisfied.

How do you think this opportunity will help you develop as a lawyer?

This opportunity will hopefully allow me to interact with people from all across the country in D.C. and help me foster my communication and public relations skills, which is pivotal for lawyers serving the public. Additionally, I hope to develop an efficient work ethic that is consistent with the pace necessary to keep up in D.C.

How does your participation in the REP-PP demonstrate the Aggie Core Values?
(Excellence, Integrity, Leadership, Loyalty, Respect, Selfless Service)

By participating in the REP-PP, I know I will have to embody the Aggie Core Values. Simply by virtue of representing the law school in a capital city, I will have to undertake the great task of exemplifying, at the very least, leadership and selfless service. Moreover, in keeping with the requirements of the REP-PP, I will have to exercise, again, at the very least, excellence and integrity. In the end, the whole Aggie Core Values will be exercised throughout my placement, and continue upon my return to Texas.

What are your personal goals for your semester in the REP-PP?
My personal goal for my semester in Washington, D.C. is to take advantage of the opportunity and learn more about our great country. With all of the museums, historical sites, and related experiences available in the D.C. area, I will be on the move exploring as much as I can. By the end of the semester I hope to have a more in-depth knowledge about our country’s founding, some cool trivia knowledge, and a greater appreciation for how great this country truly is.


Taylor Faught REP-PP 2019
Student NameTaylor Faught
​Law School Year:  ​​3L, ​Spring 2019 Graduate
Placement:  Texas Agriculture Commission, Austin, Texas

Meet Taylor

Why did you decide to participate in the REP-PP?
I wanted to participate in this program because I was eager to get more hands-on, practical experience in Austin, TX (the city I plan to work after I graduate) and in an area of law that interested me and that I could potentially pursue a career in. I also wanted to become involved in a policy-oriented externship because I haven’t yet done anything like this in my legal career, and I feel it will better prepare me for post-grad work and provide a new perspective.

What are you most excited about as you prepare for your REP-PP externship?

To spend a semester in practice in Austin, TX, my favorite city, and to feel more like a working adult again, contributing to an organization and to something bigger.

What skills do you hope to gain from your experiences in the REP-PP?

I hope to improve upon my research and writing skills with projects and assignments from my supervisor, and hopefully get constructive feedback in return, helping me improve upon those skills. I also hope to learn more about the policy objectives of the Department of Agriculture and become more informed in general about the political process of the agency. I hope to improve upon my networking and interpersonal skills in networking settings and become more comfortable and confident “selling” myself and my skills to attorneys, while communicating what I am doing for the Department and why it matters.

How do you think this opportunity will help you develop as a lawyer?

I hope to learn more about the political process, which is something I lack experience in and deep knowledge of, and become more informed about the policy-making processes of our state government, which I think are both helpful skills for successful attorneys to possess. I hope to learn and understand how the Department of Agriculture impacts everything in Texas, and be able to convey that experience to future employers. I hope this experience will provide me a new perspective that will allow me to transition into practice more fluidly.

How does your participation in the REP-PP demonstrate the Aggie Core Values?
(Excellence, Integrity, Leadership, Loyalty, Respect, Selfless Service)

I think participation in this program expands the Aggie brand name and by participating to the best of my abilities, the Aggie core values will be demonstrated to those working around me. I hope to convey each of these values through my work product, my general attitude, and my commitment to the team I serve. Spending this semester focused on public policy for the community of not only Austin, but Texas as a whole, demonstrates selfless service to the State.

What are your personal goals for your semester in the REP-PP?
My goal is to take advantage of this position by making connections and developing a mentorship relationship with my supervisor. I hope to improve upon my interpersonal skills in an office setting and become a vital team member and a well-liked employee. I also want to transition into a work-life balance that will be similar to my lifestyle after the bar exam.


Megan Fullerton REP-PP 2019
Student NameMegan Fullerton Robinson
​Law School Year:  ​​3L, ​Spring 2019 Graduate
Placement:  Texas Senate State Affairs Committee, Austin, Texas

Meet Megan

Why did you decide to participate in the REP-PP?
Before coming to law school, I had many internships in Austin working in political offices, campaigns, and organizations. I have always wanted to work in the political atmosphere, and participating in this program was a no-brainer! I could not be more excited to get back into the field.

What are you most excited about as you prepare for your REP-PP externship?

When I worked in politics, I did not have very much legal knowledge and was only as good as the information I learned through news or other reputable sources. Now with the skills I learned in law school, I look forward to being able to see why and how laws are made, and have a more advanced role in law-making.

What skills do you hope to gain from your experiences in the REP-PP?

I hope to translate the legal writing skills I have learned that prepare you to be a law practitioner to a lawyer that writes and modifies laws.

How do you think this opportunity will help you develop as a lawyer?

Law school doesn’t directly prepare you as a student to work in public policy, but definitely gives you the tools. I would like to use everything I have learned through this experience to graduate as a lawyer fully prepared to begin working in public policy.

How does your participation in the REP-PP demonstrate the Aggie Core Values?
(Excellence, Integrity, Leadership, Loyalty, Respect, Selfless Service)

Participating in public policy requires you to have values and to stand up for something you believe in. You have to be loyal to your team, respect your peers, have selfless service to your government and the laws that make it, show leadership to those around you, and have integrity in your work. Most importantly, I want to show that I am a hard worker that provides excellent work product while demonstrating all of these values.

What are your personal goals for your semester in the REP-PP?
This will be my first time applying all of these different skills into a specific format we haven’t necessarily learned directly in school. I most certainly will have to ask questions and learn as I go, but I hope that I will improve and hopefully even be good at the job I am given.


Michael Galyen REP-PP 2019
Student NameMichael Galyen
​Law School Year:  ​​2L, ​Spring 2020 Graduate
Placement:  Texas Senate Business & Commerce Committee, Austin, Texas

Meet Michael

Why did you decide to participate in the REP-PP?
Public policy has always been of interest to me, and I am exciting to observe policy making first hand. I felt this externship was something I could not pass up because of my longstanding interest in the political process.

What are you most excited about as you prepare for your REP-PP externship?

I’m most excited to see where I am placed in this upcoming semester to get a better sense of the work I will be doing throughout the semester.

What skills do you hope to gain from your experiences in the REP-PP?

I hope to have a better understanding of work within a public policy framework. While I previously worked with a 501c(3) research institute in Austin, which gave good insight into the work required to prepare policy proposals, I would like to see the implementation side of things to have a more comprehensive understanding of the process.

How do you think this opportunity will help you develop as a lawyer?

I believe this opportunity will help me refine skills that will benefit me later in my legal career. From my experience thus far, working in public policy is an excellent way to develop you interpersonal and research skills. Moreover, working in government gives you a much more holistic view of how the statutes and evolution of relevant case law we study actually comes into being.

How does your participation in the REP-PP demonstrate the Aggie Core Values?
(Excellence, Integrity, Leadership, Loyalty, Respect, Selfless Service)

I believe working in REP-PP demonstrates all of the Aggie Core Values. For example, being able to work in such a prestigious program portrays excellence. I believe while working in the public sector, it is important to demonstrate integrity in all the work that you do, and I believe it also shows some amount of selfless service that you are willing to do the work that is meant to support the public as a whole.

What are your personal goals for your semester in the REP-PP?
My personal goals are to meet as many new people as possible and enjoy my work throughout the semester. If I can accomplish those two goals, I believe this program will be very successful for my personal development.


Ryan Grant REP-PP 2019
Student NameRyan Grant
​Law School Year:  ​​2L, ​Spring 2020 Graduate
Placement:  Republican Study Committee, U.S. House of Representatives, Washington, D.C.

Meet Ryan

Why did you decide to participate in the REP-PP?
Politics and policymaking has always been a passion of mine. It provides us with concrete ways to better all of our lives through evaluating and advocating for ideas. The REP-PP gives me the opportunity to explore the intersection of law and policy in practice.

What are you most excited about as you prepare for your REP-PP externship?

I am very excited to spend some time living in the capital and meeting many of the giants of the fields in which I am interested. In another life I would have gone to grad school for a Master's in Public Policy; this program not only fills that interest, but it does so in the broader context of a legal education, giving me the best of both worlds.

What skills do you hope to gain from your experiences in the REP-PP?

I hope to learn effective evaluation skills—what to look for in developing good policy and how to go about looking for it. Developing my research and writing skills is what I plan to emphasize the most because these skills translate across every field. I also hope to learn a lot about networking and developing relationships during my time in D.C.

How do you think this opportunity will help you develop as a lawyer?

I think the REP-PP will help me to understand all sides of an issue from the perspectives of the various stakeholders and decision-makers involved. I think it will sharpen my analytical skillset. And I believe REP-PP will most assuredly teach me how to interact with and collaborate with a wide range of professionals and interested parties in any given issue.

How does your participation in the REP-PP demonstrate the Aggie Core Values?
(Excellence, Integrity, Leadership, Loyalty, Respect, Selfless Service)

REP-PP in D.C. will require faithful adherence to all of the Aggie Core Values, but most of all, the program demonstrates a commitment to leadership. The program teaches us how to function within the policy-making spheres of Austin and D.C., where some of the most effective and important leaders in the country operate. Quite often, law and policy necessarily intersect in a lawyer's practice. Committing to gaining core competencies in policy-making is a valuable asset for any lawyer, and better equips him to best serve his clients.

What are your personal goals for your semester in the REP-PP?
I would like to meet as many elected officials from Texas as I can, explore D.C. and make it my home as much as possible.


Ashley Graves REP-PP 2019
Student NameAshley Graves
​Law School Year:  3​L, ​Spring 2019 Graduate
Placement:  Environmental Law Institute, Washington, D.C.

Meet Ashley

Check back soon to meet Ashley.


Daniel Howell REP-PP 2019
Student NameDaniel Howell
​Law School Year:  3​L, ​Spring 2019 Graduate
Placement:  Cornerstone Government Affairs, Washington, D.C.

Meet Daniel

Why did you decide to participate in the REP-PP?
The opportunity to see the actual process of both legislation and regulation will be invaluable, as well as the opportunities that may come along just by virtue of being in our nation's capital.

What are you most excited about as you prepare for your REP-PP externship?

To get to experience something closer to the actual practice of law, and to gain experience working on water in the national, and possibly the international, arena.

What skills do you hope to gain from your experiences in the REP-PP?

I hope to gain a better understanding of how the federal government actually works, and to be able to navigate the agencies that will affect so many different areas of water law.

How do you think this opportunity will help you develop as a lawyer?

I think learning how to practice and be a lawyer in a place like D.C. will prepare me to not only enter the practice confidently, but with a knowledge of how people from all over the country participate in our legal system.

How does your participation in the REP-PP demonstrate the Aggie Core Values?
(Excellence, Integrity, Leadership, Loyalty, Respect, Selfless Service)

Simply being able to represent Texas A&M in Washington D.C. will allow me to exemplify the Aggie Core Values as I show my supervisor and peers what it means to be an Aggie. Being chosen to participate in the REP-PP shows that I not only have the desire to be excellent, to lead, and to act in service in the capital,but also that the program director believes that I have integrity, respect, and am loyal, and that I will exemplify these values in Washington D.C.

What are your personal goals for your semester in the REP-PP?
To explore the city, squeeze as much enjoyment and culture out of the city as I can, and to learn a lot about American and world history from the various museums throughout the city.


Jacob Hugentobler REP-PP 2019
Student NameJacob Hugentobler
​Law School Year:  3​L, ​Spring 2019 Graduate
Placement:  Office of Governor Greg Abbott, Budget & Policy Office, Austin, Texas

Meet Jacob

Why did you decide to participate in the REP-PP?
Primarily, every lawyer from whom I sought advice said that work experience distinguishes one job applicant from others. This experience will distinguish me from other candidates who do not have the same work experience shaping public policy. Additionally, I've always been interested in political discourse, dialogue, and world events.

What are you most excited about as you prepare for your REP-PP externship?

I am excited to use my legal education to make Texas more prosperous. Additionally, I am excited to visit the small Catholic school which I worked at before I came to Law School: Cathedral School of Saint Mary.

What skills do you hope to gain from your experiences in the REP-PP?

I want to learn negotiating and lobbying skills. I also want to forge career connections to make me a valuable prospective employee.

How do you think this opportunity will help you develop as a lawyer?

Client advocacy starts not in the judiciary, but in the legislature. I want to affect legal policy in that sphere so that I can maximize my lawyering capital within the courtroom. Concise and effective communication is critical to succeeding in both spheres.

How does your participation in the REP-PP demonstrate the Aggie Core Values?
(Excellence, Integrity, Leadership, Loyalty, Respect, Selfless Service)
  • Excellence - Changing the world or one's own town is literally what Aggie Lawyers are called to do, and this opportunity is how I will accomplish that mission.
  • Integrity - I'm a passionate person in politics and, like all voters, I'm not impressed when politicians lie, cheat, steal, or tolerate others that do. Now I get to test whether I can rise above that and help raise (or restore) the norms.
  • Leadership - Sometimes leaders help others lead, so every policy advisor is a leader by empowering other leaders.
  • Loyalty - Having once lived there, I'd say that wearing the Maroon and White anywhere in Austin demonstrates loyalty :)
  • Respect - Whatever legal capacity I work in, every first-impression I want to convey is respect for whomever I meet and work for; especially if they might disagree or require persuading with my organization's policy.
  • Selfless Service - Lawyers are officers of the court, stewards of the law, servants of their clients, and providers for their families. This role with the state government will help me balance all four.

What are your personal goals for your semester in the REP-PP?
I want to master the art of the elevator pitch, stay fit, eat well, and keep up with studying for the bar exam.

Jacob's blog post on the Aggie Core Value of Respect

I learned about the Aggie Core Values only after entering the Texas A&M University School of Law. The process was easy because all I did was put names to the core values that I already carried since childhood. My parents raised me to earn the respect of others. To earn someone’s respect, I was told that I must first give that respect.

The most meaningful experience I’ve had with respect comes from the policy advisors I work with. Some are attorneys, many are not; but they are all highly respected experts in certain policy fields. Even after three years of law school, it is easy to feel clueless around them. However, I found that after I show some respect, I get a lot back in return from everyone I work with. It’s as easy as holding the door open for someone, contributing to the office coffee fund, or waiting your turn. It’s as hard as working late to help someone catch up on sixty-something bills. In any case, I respect what I do enough to work as hard, efficiently, and to the highest degree of excellence that I can. When people see that, I’ve noticed that they treat me with the respect of a lawyer.

Despite being located in a major metropolitan city, the legislative community is extremely small. Like the legal community, your reputation matters. Completely unlike political opposition, disrespect for your political opponents or their special-interest constituents is the fastest way to become politically ostracized. I’m confident that my professional reputation will continue earning me, and my organization, the desired respect as long as I respect myself enough to upkeep its merits.

Unlike politics at a national scale, Texas politics are built on civility and respectful behavior between the branches of government, between their sub-units, and between the political parties that dominate them. After only a month, I have learned that Texas is not a state where the majority and minority parties disrespect each other.

Here in the Office of the Governor, I work with some of the most well respected policy advisors in the nation. We make a point to reach out to counterparts in the Legislature and other executive offices for advice, assistance, and to convey respect. Whether or not we agree about the legal principles, we respect each other’s viewpoints. I have seen that respect flow both ways every day.

After this job, I will have a bar exam to study for. I need to summon the strength, endurance, and respect for that trial between graduation day and August. But why wait until graduation? I respect myself more than that, so I study bar exam questions and outlines every other night while working at this job. Being an Aggie lawyer-in-training is not about choosing when to show respect or to whom. Instead, we owe it to our family, friends, frenemies, colleagues, and to ourselves.


Daniel Weinstein REP-PP 2019
Student NameDaniel Weinstein
​Law School Year:  3​L, ​Spring 2019 Graduate
Placement:  U.S. Senate, Office of Senator Patty Murray, Washington, D.C.

Meet Daniel

Why did you decide to participate in the REP-PP?
It is an exciting opportunity to work in D.C. and work for a federal agency.

What are you most excited about as you prepare for your REP-PP externship?

Developing experience in regulatory or non-litigation arenas and developing contact fields I'm interested in. I am also really excited to work in D.C. because it is a city filled with culture, museums, and history.

What skills do you hope to gain from your experiences in the REP-PP?

Networking, regulatory drafting, or agency-side litigation (e.x. OIG Medicare/Medicaid fraud prosecution).

How do you think this opportunity will help you develop as a lawyer?

I want to develop practical experience in more health law areas such as regulatory compliance, policy drafting, etc. I also want more experience working in the government directing policy goals. While in government I want to explore the "inside" perspective of the healthcare industry.

How does your participation in the REP-PP demonstrate the Aggie Core Values?
(Excellence, Integrity, Leadership, Loyalty, Respect, Selfless Service)

I think participation demonstrates three core values: (1) excellence, (2) leadership, and (3) selfless service, because each value reflects the work and skill necessary to effectuate valuable change in society.

What are your personal goals for your semester in the REP-PP?
If I don't have a job by the end of Fall semester, I hope to lock one down before graduation.


Taylor Winn REP-PP 2019
Student NameTaylor Winn
​Law School Year:  3​L, ​Spring 2019 Graduate
Placement:  U.S. Senate, Committee on the Judiciary for Senator John Cornyn, Washington, D.C.

Meet Taylor

Why did you decide to participate in the REP-PP?
I wanted to take advantage of the opportunity to work on the leading edge of policy and make meaningful contributions to the policies affecting our country. By working in Washington, D.C., the hub of our country’s policy-making, I will be able to gain insight and work alongside many others making a difference every day.

What are you most excited about as you prepare for your REP-PP externship?

I love the city of Washington, D.C.! I am so excited to get to live there for a few months and immerse myself in the operations of it all. It is one thing to visit and sightsee, but through the REP-PP I will be able to fully participate in and capitalize on the Washington, D.C. experience.

What skills do you hope to gain from your experiences in the REP-PP?

Through the REP-PP I hope to develop a better understanding of our nation’s public policy system and how to operate within it. This will improve my creativity, analytical skills, and communication skills in multiple mediums.

How do you think this opportunity will help you develop as a lawyer?

This opportunity will develop my analytical and communication skills that are critical to being a successful attorney. I anticipate being challenged to identify issues, develop solutions, and to present these solutions, which closely mirrors the process necessary to be a lawyer.

How does your participation in the REP-PP demonstrate the Aggie Core Values?
(Excellence, Integrity, Leadership, Loyalty, Respect, Selfless Service)

The Aggie Core Values are at the heart of what public policy is all about. By taking a semester to live in D.C. and work in public policy, I hope to carry myself with integrity, respect, loyalty, leadership, and excellence as I seek to selflessly serve the people of our country. The nature of public policy and this program are the perfect representations of the Aggie Core Values and I plan on furthering that reputation in our nation’s capital.

What are your personal goals for your semester in the REP-PP?
Aside from my professional development, I hope to take advantage of the chance to see some of the parts of D.C. and the surrounding areas I have yet to explore. I have visited Mount Vernon and the Monticello, but there are several other Presidents’ homes in the area as well as historical battlefields and sites in and around D.C. that I hope to make my way to. I also hope to use this opportunity to strengthen my convictions about what I want to do with my life and the direction I am headed.

Taylor's blog post on the Aggie Core Value of Loyalty

Former [Texas A&M University] Executive Vice President and Provost Dr. David Prior one said “Loyalty and respect for tradition is about a sense of belonging to something greater than yourself. You’re a part of a history of traditions… of a larger community.” His words ring true to me as I reflect on the start of an incredible experience in Washington, D.C. In a town where everyone gets so wrapped up in “winning” and politics, it is easy to lose sight of what we are all here trying to accomplish: representing the American people and their values in an attempt to govern our country. I hope to assure you, this concept is not lost on everyone here, and loyalty still means something.

In my work in Senator Cornyn’s Senate Judiciary Committee Office, it has become abundantly clear that I am a part of something much larger than myself, or any one person for that matter. From witnessing the confirmation hearing for the new Attorney General and the spectacle that is, to meeting with constituents at Texas Thursday Coffee and hearing about their visits to D.C., this city is the hub around which our government and country turns, and it is incredible. While the enormity of it all is impressive enough, the reason for it all is that much more important. And that is where loyalty comes in.

Everyone here represents something, stands for something, is here for something. Some people stand for products or projects they want funded or given power, some stand for people that they represent or people that count on them to give them a voice, some people stand for ideals or values, but everyone stands for something. Without a sense of loyalty to what it is you stand for, you would not be doing a very good job of representing that. Loyalty is the fuel that keeps this city burning.

Loyalty can come in many forms. Loyalty looks like having three meetings at once and making sure you spend time at every one. Loyalty looks like crossing party lines when it isn’t popular so that you can give your constituents what you feel is best for them. Loyalty looks like being a servant to the needs of people around you and who rely on you. People are not also loyal to one specific person or thing. In Senator Cornyn’s Committee Office we are concerned with being loyal to the Judiciary Committee, to the Senate, to the Republicans, to Congress and the federal government as a whole, but most importantly to Texans and the American people.

Coming into this experience, I wasn’t sure how loyalty might play a role in my time here. As it turns out, loyalty is one of the driving forces here. We Aggies hold fast to our Aggie Core Values, and it was comforting to see them alive and powerful in our nation’s capital.