For Lana Huston, moving back to the Chautauqua region didn’t just mean being close to her family, it meant getting involved with her community.
An associate with Bly, Sheffield, Bargar & Pillittieri, Huston specializes in estate planning and business transactions. In her spare time, she serves on the Board of Directors at the Chautauqua Regional Youth Symphony and Reg Lenna Center for the Arts.
“(These organizations) are making big changes and have such an impact on art in the community,” Huston said. “The work we do here makes a difference in the community.”
A graduate of Jamestown High School, Huston earned her bachelor’s degree in Social Sciences at St. Bonaventure University before going on to earn her Juris Doctorate at the State University of New York at Buffalo Law School. She was admitted to the New York State Bar in 2005 and is a member of the Jamestown Bar Association.
Being a lawyer is something Huston always wanted to do. For students considering the same career field, in addition to taking a variety of classes, she said obtaining an internship is a very important part of the process.
“Going to school is very different than real life. I learned a lot through my internship experiences,” she said.
Another item Huston suggested was taking advantage of any scholarship opportunities a student comes across, especially those from the Chautauqua Region Community Foundation.
“You do not realize how much you will appreciate it until you graduate,” she said. “It is a great program.”
This feature is part of a series focusing on residents who have received scholarships from the Chautauqua Region Community Foundation and have moved back to or remained in, the area to live and work. If you, or someone you know, received a scholarship from the Community Foundation and would like to be featured, contact Sarah Shelters at 661-3390 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
The Community Foundation is now accepting scholarship applications for the 2016-2017 school year. To qualify, students must have graduated from a Chautauqua County high school. Scholarships are offered to undergraduate and graduate students studying a variety of subjects and vocations at two-year or four-year colleges or universities.