Young Professional Spotlight: Laura Hodson

Posted In: Elevate Magazine Young Professional Spotlight: Laura Hodson

Laura Hodson
Attorney // Bangs McCullen, Law Firm


Tell us about yourself.
I grew up on a ranch with my three brothers near Martin, SD where my parents raised Red Angus cattle. I worked in the hayfield every summer through college.

When I was a senior in high school I decided I wanted to be a criminal attorney. After my first year of law school, I realized criminal was not going to be my niche! In 2017 I interned at Bangs McCullen and enjoyed working with their transactional team. From then on I have been interested in the business/estate world. I work with an amazing group of people who let me constantly bug them with questions, which makes my job that much more fun!

What can we find you doing outside of work?
If I’m not at work or doing DIY projects at my house, you’ll find me running on the bike path, playing volleyball in the Rapid City rec. leagues, going to YPG events, or tasting wine at Firehouse Wine Cellars.

Growing up in rural South Dakota, did you have dreams of living in Rapid City?
Actually, yes! I think Rapid City was always in the plans for me. I have an aunt and uncle in town, plus my parents are only a couple hours away. After living in Aberdeen for college and then Vermillion for law school, it is nice being close to my family again.  

Why did you choose to join the Young Professional Group (YPG)?
I didn’t know many people when I moved here and wanted to get involved in the community. On Facebook I saw a college friend of mine, Kelli Kabrud, was President of YPG.  It had probably been 4 or 5 years since we had last spoken, but it seemed like a great opportunity to reconnect with Kelli and meet new people in the area. Being a member has given me the opportunity to connect with a wide variety of people, both socially and professionally!  

What is your role on the YPG?
I am co-chair of the Events Committee with Jake Sasse. Together we plan the monthly socials with the help of our amazing committee members!  

What events are on the horizon? 
Just before COVID-19, we had finished our 2020 events planning and were working on 2021. If your business is interested in hosting in 2021, please let me know! Our May social is scheduled for Thursday, May 21 at Austad's, but we are asking all members to be sure to follow the emails and Facebook page for any changes in plans or cancellations. I continue to stay optimistic that our social calendars will return to normal soon! ◆

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