Lauren Shepherd

Lauren Shepherd BA '18

Degree and Class Year

BA ’18


Morrison, CO

Current City

San Rafael, CA




Women’s Basketball; Co-Chair of Student Athlete Advisory Committee; ASB; Student Athlete Mentor; Intern at Specialty Athletic Training

Job Title, Organization

Associate Attorney, Sucherman - Insalaco LLP

Continuing Studies

Juris Doctorate, University of the Pacific, McGeorge School of Law (2021)

What three words would you use to describe L&C?

Unique, Immersive, Community

What made you want to come to Lewis & Clark?

I was looking for a school that would challenge me academically but also gave me the opportunity to play college basketball competitively. Lewis & Clark fit the exact definition of what I was looking for and being so close to Portland was an added plus.

What have you been doing since graduation?

After graduating from Lewis & Clark, I went to law school and received my JD degree from McGeorge School of Law in 2021. I currently work as an associate attorney for a family law firm in San Francisco.

How did Lewis & Clark prepare you for your job?

Lewis & Clark prepared me for law school and my current phase in life by helping me develop a strong work ethic. Through being a student-athlete, I learned how to balance school and basketball and was able to prioritize things accordingly. Being an attorney is very demanding and I am grateful to already have the skill set needed to manage different roles, tasks and people.


What would you say is the most important thing you learned at Lewis & Clark?

The most important thing I learned at Lewis & Clark is teamwork. Being at the start of my career, I see how valuable this quality is and it has helped me grow and learn individually all while helping those around me to get the best outcome possible for our clients.


Why did you major in Psychology?

I was always interested in learning about human interactions and why we do the things we do. That interest ultimately sparked my desire to work with people and help them deal with some of the most difficult times of their lives.


How do you stay connected to Lewis & Clark as an alum?

My husband and I are both former L&C athletes and keep up with the baseball and basketball teams. Roll Pios!


How do you describe the liberal arts?

Liberal arts is about being a well rounded individual. Students are able to explore various subjects to gain the necessary tools to communicate, collaborate, think critically, and problem solve.


What was your favorite class? How did it expand your knowledge?

My favorite class was Astronomy with Professor Tufte. This class was very engaging and applicable because I am now the master stargazer out of my friend group! I think it’s amazing that Lewis & Clark is able to offer classes like this to students because had it not been for this class offering, I wouldn’t have stepped outside my major to explore a topic that is applicable to everyday life.


Who was your mentor on campus? Why do you consider this person your mentor?

My mentors on campus were Mark Pietrok, Jeremy Loew and Tara Boatman. These three individuals were there for me during my highs and lows at Lewis & Clark and they always provided much needed encouragement, advice and support during my four years. Through them, I learned how to deal with adversity in a positive way, push through when the going gets tough and how to not take yourself so seriously. I still look up to them to this day and am thankful for the life lessons they taught me.