With a father in the military, Lauren has lived in more states and countries than she can count — an experience that afforded many life lessons. But one of her biggest takeaways was the importance of inclusion and hospitality — principles she's carried throughout her career and worked to instill in her communities.
Lauren earned her bachelor's degree in English from Auburn University in 1978. Life in Bloomington soon followed, and she began studying at the Maurer School of Law. In 1983, she entered the legal profession and noticed the dearth of women acting as mentors and role models. After joining the Maurer faculty two years later, Lauren made it a priority to support many of her students through mentorship.