When Katia Opalka finished a BA in history at the end of the Cold War, she threw three balls in the air: grad school, foreign service, law school. She missed the deadline to write the GRE for Yale, where she was going to produce a biography of Felix Cohen, who had taught there and is the author of the Handbook of Federal Indian Law. (Not to worry, someone else has since written the book).
She wrote the foreign service exam and did an internship at the Canadian Embassy in Washington. In the end her IQ wasn't high enough to land an interview at Foreign Affairs and in any event, she concluded that the foreign service is like spending your whole life at summer camp: exciting at first and then somehow depressing. She got her LSAT score, knew it was enough for McGill, became a lawyer then a parent, settled her family in Montreal and tried to find good work on the side.
She became very knowledgeable about environmental law, policy and practice and ended up becoming a prominent member of the Canadian environmental bar, principally because she wrote and spoke a lot, saying things that her peers either know and won't say in public or simply don't know. In the end, she is more interested in the connection between government policy and public opinion than in environmental protection per se.