Patrick Schaefer, 3L, Spends Summer on Capitol Hill

Patrick SchaeferPatrick Schaefer has an academic and professional record that spans Latin America, Europe and the length and breadth of New Mexico. This past summer he added Washington, D.C., to his resume, working as a legislative intern in U.S. Rep. Tom Udall's office.

"Helping New Mexico's communities to achieve their potential has been the longstanding motivation behind both my academic and professional decisions," says Schaefer, who received a fellowship from the Association for Public Interest Law. "I decided to work with Congressman Udall this summer to gain a better insight into how the U.S. Government works for New Mexico so that I can put that knowledge to use in the future."

In Udall's office, Schaefer drafted memoranda concerning pending legislation; reported on House leadership briefings and conducted research and analysis on natural resources, energy and public lands issues. He put his legal skills to use briefing staff and congressman on legislation pending before the House and helping Udall's constituents understand legislation and the legislative process.

"Patrick has seized every opportunity to play an active role in the office," says Udall. He brings to his work a broad knowledge of the law that he uses to respond to New Mexico's unique needs."

Prior to working for Udall, Schaefer spent time studying international trade and finance law in Mexico City.

He earned a bachelor's degree at St. John's College in Santa Fe, majoring in the history of mathematics and physics. He is an alumnus of the Katholieke Universiteit van Levuen, in Belgium, where he graduated magna cum laude in philosophy. He also holds a master's degree in Latin American and Iberian history from UNM.

After graduating from law school, Schaefer plans to work with local and regional governments and communities on both sides of the New Mexico-Mexico border to strengthen transboundary water management, promote regional economic development and foster cross-border security cooperation.