2019 Summer Associate
Name: Marli Telaulked KlassSchool: Lewis & Clark Law SchoolHometown: Ollei, PalauWhat brought you to Crag?: My internal desire to practice environmental law and to fulfill my life’s mission of helping the world where I can, always for the better.What are your environmental/legal interests?: Climate change mitigation, renewable energy implementation, sustainable eco-friendly infrastructures, and natural resource conservation.What will your work focus on while at Crag?: Fighting fossil fuel infrastructure and advocating for better, stronger, and effective climate change policies.Favorite place to recreate or be in nature: Scuba diving at Blue Corner, Palau.Favorite book: Educated” by Tara WestoverFavorite quotes: “We got dreams and we got the right to chase’em” ~ Jermaine Lamar Cole “no backwater bullying of businesses with broken morals- no blindfolded bureaucracies are gonna push this mother ocean over the edge, no one’s drowning baby, no one’s moving, no one’s losing their homeland, no one’s gonna become a climate change refugee… no one else…”  ~ Kathy Jetñil Kijiner  Name: Matthew DePaolisSchool: University of OregonHometown: Appleton, WIWhat brought you to Crag?: The opportunity to help protect our wild spaces and the creatures that call them home.What are your environmental/legal interests?: Ocean and Coastal Law, Endangered Species Protections, Marine Protections and Fisheries ManagementWhat will your work focus on while at Crag?: I will be focused on protecting Oregon’s inland waters and our coastal communities.Favorite place to recreate or be in nature: SCUBA diving in the Caribbean or snowboarding in the CascadesFavorite books: “Lila” by Robert M. Pirsig, “The Phantom Tollbooth” by Norton JusterFavorite quote: The sea, once it casts its spell, holds one in its net of wonder forever.” – Jacques Cousteau  

Name: Teryn Yazdani

School: Lewis & Clark Law School

Hometown: Jackson, MS

What brought you to Crag?: I have been a huge fan of Crag’s work since coming to Lewis & Clark! Its mission statement of providing legal aid to the environment fits perfectly with my reason for coming to law school. When I saw that there was an opportunity last August to interview for a Summer Associate position I jumped at the chance to be a part of such a great team! 

What are your environmental/legal interests?: I have a passion for work at the intersection of Climate Change, Environmental Justice, Clean Air, and Public Lands. My dream is to help our country transition from its existing fossil fuel dependence in whatever legal capacity I that can. 

What will your work focus on while at Crag?: I will be focused on a number of different issues including projects involving Oregon land use law and issues surrounding the Jordan Cove LNG Project. 

Favorite place to recreate or be in nature: The Columbia River Gorge or literally ANY National Park

Favorite books: Desert Solitaire by Edward Abbey and Under the Banner of Heaven by Jon Krakauer

Favorite quote: “You are a beautiful tropical fish, smart as a whip and cool under pressure!” -Leslie Knope 

2019 Winter – Spring –  Development and Communications Interns & Volunteers
Name: Patricia A. DonohueEducation/Professional Background: BA in Anthropology. In between jobs and saw an opportunity to volunteer with Crag.Hometown: I’m an army brat so can claim a few places, but Lexington KY the most!What brought you to Crag?: A mutual friend of myself and Suzanne’s thought CRAG would be a cool place to volunteer.What are your environmental/legal interests?: Protection of the environment. We only have one Earth and we can’t afford to screw her up.Favorite place to recreate or be in nature: Mount St. HelensFavorite book: Dune by Frank Herbert (among others)Favorite quote: From now on we should disbelieve that any corporation ever comes to any rural place to do it good, to ‘create jobs’, or to bring to the local people the benefits of the so-called free market.” ~Wendell Berry, ‘Conserving Forest Communities’ from Another Turn of  the Crank
Name: Kiersten GilbertSchool: Oregon State University, Degree: Environmental ScienceHometown: Hillsboro, OregonWhat brought you to Crag?: I just graduated from OSU in a degree in Environmental Science and I’ve been contemplating what’s next. I’ve come to the realization that I would like to study environmental law, and Crag seemed like the right fit to gain some experience.What are your environmental/legal interests?: My environmental/legal interests are climate change and how its impacts affect marginalized communities. I hope to one day be an attorney that has the opportunity to work toward a more equitable future in the fight for environmental justice.Favorite place to recreate or be in nature: My favorite place to hike is anywhere with a waterfall! But my favorite place in nature is the beach on a warm sunny day.Favorite book: Wild by Cheryl StrayedFavorite quote: Life is either a daring adventure or nothing at all” ~Hellen Keller
Name: Lyla BoyajianSchool: Reed CollegeHometown: Chichester, NHWhat brought you to Crag?: I’m considering a career in environmental law, and I was also looking for a way to get involved in environmental work outside of Reed’s campus. A friend of mine told me about Crag, and I thought it sounded like a perfect way to explore both of those interests.What are your environmental/legal interests?: Environmental outreach and education, conservation, and environmental justiceFavorite place to recreate or be in nature: In the White Mountains, right around treeline during blueberry seasonFavorite book: Cat’s Cradle by Kurt VonnegutFavorite quote: “Podrán cortar todas las flores, pero no podrán detener la primavera” – Pablo Neruda
2018 – 2019  Legal Interns & Volunteers
Name: Jordan LeeSchool: Lewis & Clark Law SchoolHometown: Ithaca, New YorkWhat brought you to Crag?: My desire to gain experience in public interest environmental litigation work before starting law school.What are your environmental/legal interests?: Environmental justice, land conservation, and brownfield redevelopment.Favorite place to recreate or be in nature: Tryon Creek State ParkFavorite book: The Martian by Andy WeirFavorite quote: We humans have the ability to see beyond our species, and that ability confers a responsibility.” – William McDonough
Name: Scott SheppardSchool: University of DenverHometown: Portland, OregonWhat brought you to Crag?: Having grown up in Oregon I am enamored with its natural splendor. I came to Crag in the hopes of being able to help protect it and gain some knowledge and skills from the attorneys on staff here.What are your environmental/legal interests?: I am hoping to attend law school Fall 2019. I have an interest in environmental law and business law.Favorite place to recreate or be in nature: I love exploring the Oregon coastal areas, but am also partial to being in the Rocky Mountains of Colorado.Favorite book: The Dark Tower series by Stephen KingFavorite quote: “The unsuccessful get halfway to the finish line, then turn around. The successful get halfway, then keep going. Both run the same distance, but only one makes it to the finish line.” – Kevin Hart
Name: Cooper RodgersSchool: Lewis and Clark LawHometown: Agoura Hills, CaliforniaWhat brought you to Crag?: I am doing a practicum for credit through Lewis and Clark Law. Crag was the first organization to ask me to work for them!What are your environmental/legal interests?: Public lands conservation and salmon conservation are my primary interests!Favorite place to recreate or be in nature: Coastal Redwood old growth grovesFavorite book: Neuromancer by William GibsonFavorite quote: “Buy the ticket, take the ride” – Hunter S. Thompson
Name: Hans AtteberrySchool: University of OregonHometown: Portland, OregonWhat brought you to Crag?: While preparing for a M.S. in Environmental economics, I had the opportunity to work with Crag on a forest conservation project to protect Oregon’s water supply.What are your environmental/legal interests?: Environmental economics, environmental justice, climate change, forest conservation.Favorite place to recreate or be in nature: Hiking in a Pacific Northwest forest.Favorite book: The Expanse series by James S. A. CoreyFavorite quote: “Don’t burn your opportunities for a temporary comfort.”
2018 DukeEngage InternsName: Elliott DavisSchool: Duke UniversityHometown: North Potomac, MarylandWhat brought you to Crag?: The past couple summers, I have interned with environmental non-profit organizations in Washington D.C. While I really enjoyed learning about policy and spending time on Capitol Hill, I wanted to explore the legal side of environmental work in a new city. I decided to apply to DukeEngage, a Duke University program enabling 400 students each year to do civic engagement work across the globe, and decided on Portland as a sustainable, progressive, and nature-oriented placement city. I read about Crag being a community partner for the program and was really impressed by the organization’s work combatting climate change and preserving wild places. Providing legal aid for the environment, Crag seemed like the perfect place to learn about how to defend our planet and its inhabitants in the courtroom.What are your environmental/legal interests?: Climate change, forest preservation, wildlife conservation, renewable energy, sustainable infrastructureFavorite place to recreate or be in nature: Hiking in the forest, rafting and tubing on a riverFavorite book: “Climate of Hope” by Michael Bloomberg and Carl Pope – This book, written by the former Mayor of New York City and former President of the Sierra Club, describes a positive vision of cities, businesses, and citizens working together to implement innovative climate solutions which support the economy and public health.Favorite quote: “If you will it, it is no dream” – Theodor Herzl
Name: Haotian Wang
School: Duke University
Hometown: Chengdu, Sichuan, China
What brought me to Crag: DukeEngage is a community service program at Duke that brings me here to work with Crag on environmental justice issues. I am very interested in how several individuals’ idea can evolve to an established non-profit organization grounded both in expertise and grassroots support. It is also an exciting experience to be a contributor instead of a spectator in this fight for better environment.
What are your environmental/legal interests: Environmental justice, social justice, urban growth, legislation versus enforcement, public discourse
Favorite place to recreate or be in nature: In my hometown China, it has to be Qinghai Lake, Qinghai. In the United States, I would nominate Sugar Mountain, Blue Ridge Mountains, North Carolina
Favorite book: The Origins of Political Order by Francis Fukuyama
Favorite quote: “It is a far, far better thing that I do, than I have ever done; it is a far, far better rest that I go to than I have ever known.” in A Tale of Two Cities 

2018 Summer AssociatesName: Catherine RocchiSchool: Dartmouth CollegeHometown: Harrison, NYWhat brought you to Crag?: Dartmouth’s fossil fuel divestment campaign opened my eyes to the way that major fossil fuel companies have knowingly worked to distort climate science findings, deceive the public, and block policies designed to hasten our transition to a clean energy economy. However, my activist friends also helped me envision a more sustainable, livable, equitable, and beautiful future. It’s clear to me that the attorneys at Crag also work with this vision in mind.What are your environmental/legal interests?: Climate justice, transition to clean energy, campaign finance reformFavorite place to recreate or be in nature: The Gunks near New Paltz, NY. Renowned as a climbing Mecca, but also a gorgeous spot for hiking and long bike rides to swimming holes.Favorite book: The River Why by David James DuncanFavorite quote: “I am of the opinion that my life belongs to the whole community and as long as I live, it is my privilege to do for it what I can.” -George Bernard ShawName: Kingsly McConnellSchool: University of Washington School of LawHometown: Boca Raton, FloridaWhat brought you to Crag? I moved to the Pacific Northwest to pursue public interest law. With a background in East Asian studies and environmental history, I quickly gained an interest in international environmental law and issues pertaining to environmental justice. I knew I had to be a part of Crag once I saw the organization’s commitment to public interest work and environmental aid.What are your environmental/legal interests? Environmental justice, international human rights, and international environmental law.Favorite place to recreate or be in nature: Nothing can beat swimming in a cold river or lake during the summertime. I’m hoping to fall in love with White Salmon River on our rafting trip!Favorite book: “Beloved” by Toni Morrison.Favorite quote: “Cowardice asks the question: is it safe? Expediency asks the question: is it politic? Vanity asks the question: is it popular? But conscience asks the question: is it right? And there comes a time when we must take a position that is neither safe, nor politic, nor popular, but one must take it because it is right.” – Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.Name: Rebeka DawitSchool: Lewis and Clark Law SchoolHometown:  San Jose, CaliforniaWhat brought you to Crag?:  I came to Lewis and Clark to study environmental law, and I have always wanted to work in public interest environmental law. When I got to law school, Crag Law Center was always a name that circulated around the career office and professor’s recommendations. I applied during a public interest career fair and the rest is history!What are your environmental/legal interests?: Environmental justice, habitat/wildlife conservation, climate change advocacy, and international environmental law.Favorite place to recreate: Anywhere with water. Preferably near the ocean!Favorite book: “The Book of Joy: Lasting Happiness in a Changing World” by The Dalai Lama and Desmond TutuFavorite quote: “You carry both lightning and thunder in that space between your bones and soul. Become the storm you are hiding from, a hurricane does not hide from the rain” – Nikita GillName: Jack SpaethSchool: St. Cloud State UniversityHometown: Montevideo, MinnesotaWhat brought you to Crag? Since I was young new experiences, traveling, and nature have been important parts of my life. After visiting my brother after he had moved to Oregon while I was in high school, I knew I wanted to come back for a longer stay. My experience at crag is giving me both this chance and the ability to make a difference for the environment.What are your environmental/legal interests? Land use, public land access, zoning, and preservationFavorite place to recreate: The Boundary Waters Canoe AreaFavorite book: “Death and Life of Great American Cities,” by Jane JacobsFavorite quote: “Wealth consists in not having great possessions, but in having few wants” – Epictetus
2017 – 2018 Development InternName: Anura SawkarWhat brought you to Crag?  A close family friend and a desire to do my small part to protect and preserve the Pacific Northwest (my favorite corner in the world).What are your environmental/legal interests?  Environmental justice, environmental health, and preserving access to public lands and waterwaysFavorite wild place: I love the Columbia River Gorge for all of its places, wild and tame.Favorite book: It usually depends on what chair I’m sitting in at the moment.Favorite memoir: “Dreams from My Father“ by President Barack Obama.Favorite autobiography: ”American On Purpose“ by Craig Ferguson.Favorite historical non-fiction: ”Team of Rivals” by Doris Kearns Goodwin.Favorite historical fiction: “Girl with a Pearl Earring” by Tracy Chevalier. The Jeeves and Wooster collection by P.G. Wodehouse shaped my sense of humor. I could read the Harry Potter series over and over again.Favorite quote: “My mission in life is not merely to survive, but to thrive; and to do so with some passion, some compassion, some humor, and some style.“ ~ Maya Angelou
2018  Winter Intern

Name: Tayt Weingarten

School: Lewis and Clark Law SchoolHometown: Portland, OregonWhat brought you to Crag? I’m very interested in protecting our environment and am working towards getting my J.D. in Environmental, Natural Resources, and Energy Law. I’m excited to join Crag Law since I want to practice environmental advocacy while preserving Oregon’s beautiful resources.What are your environmental/legal interests? I am interested in public lands and forest law, the endangered species act, and addressing climate change in both international policy and domestic environmental law.Favorite place in the PNW: Spending time at the Oregon coast is spiritually renewing, especially visiting Agate Beach and Manzanita. I love surfing, walking with my dogs, and biking on the sand.Favorite book: Orlando: A Biography by Virginia WoolfFavorite quote: “We delight in the beauty of the butterfly, but rarely admit the changes it has gone through to achieve that beauty.” –Maya Angelou_______________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________2017 Summer Interns_____________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________Name: Elizabeth AllenSchool: Duke University – DukeEngage ProgramHometown: Bowie, MDWhat brought you to Crag? DukeEngage is a program at Duke University that sends hundreds of volunteers to nonprofits around the world every summer. I came with nine other Duke students to help work on sustainability and environmental justice issues with different nonprofits here in Portland. I am excited to get involved with Crag Law Center because it works on behalf of the people and places that have been pushed aside.What are your legal/environmental interests? Environmental justice, environmental health, climate change, preventing extinction, conservationFavorite place in the PNW: I have not made it to many places around Portland, but I love Marquam Nature Park and Tryon Creek state park.Favorite Book: If I had to choose one, I would choose Speaker for the Dead by Orson Scott Card. Ask me tomorrow, and it will be different because I read dozens of books a year.Favorite Quote: “Unless someone like you cares a whole awful lot, nothing is going to get better. It’s not.” –Dr. Seuss, The Lorax_____________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________Name: David EdelmanSchool: Catlin Gabel SchoolHometown: Right here in PortlandWhat brought you to Crag? I’ve been a member of my school’s Mock Trial team for the past three years, which really sparked my interest in law. Crag seemed like a great place to gain some hands-on experience and learn more about legal work.What are your legal/environmental interests? The intersection of politics and the law fascinates me. It’s sometimes exciting, sometimes disheartening, but never boring.Favorite place in the PNW: Anywhere I can pick native wild berries. Salmonberries, thimbleberries, blackberries, huckleberries, Oregon-grape, salal—they’re all great.Favorite Book: The Golden Compass by Philip PullmanFavorite Quote: “In the beginning the Universe was created. This has made a lot of people very angry and been widely regarded as a bad move.” —Douglas Adams, The Restaurant at the End of the Universe
2017 Summer Associates______________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________Name: Ka’sha BernardSchool: Notre Dame Law SchoolHometown: New Orleans, LouisianaWhat brought you to Crag? I wanted to spend my 2L summer doing Environmental Law work and I had always wanted to come to Portland. I was attracted to Crag’s small size and variety of case work, as well as the use of alternative dispute resolution.What are your environmental/legal interests? I’m very interested in Environmental Justice, endangered species protection, International Environmental Law, and the impact of Climate Change on Environmental Law.Favorite place in the PNW: I just got here but the views from Hillside in NW Portland are amazing!Favorite book: A Confederacy of Dunces or Midnight in the Garden of Good and EvilFavorite quote: “Keep moving forward.”______________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________Name: Jennifer CalkinsSchool: University of Washington, School of LawHometown: Seattle, WashingtonWhat brought you to Crag? I returned to school after a career as an academic biologist because I wanted to develop the legal and policy skills to better protect the environment. I looked to Crag for my 2L summer because I wanted to gain experience with a group successful at engaging a diversity of environmental issues. I am particularly excited about Crag’s attentiveness to environmental justice as a component of environmental legal practice.What are your environmental/legal interests? Environmental Law, particularly Natural Resource Law, Animal Law and Climate Change Law (including Atmospheric Trust Litigation)Favorite place in the PNW: San Juan Island, Washington, Cape Perpetua, OregonFavorite book: Rings of Saturn by W.G. Sebald, Citizen by Claudia RankineFavorite quote: “We tell ourselves stories in order to live.”–Joan Didion______________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________

Name: Rachel Meche

School: B.A. University of Texas at Austin; J.D. Candidate Vermont Law SchoolHometown: New Braunfels, TexasWhat brought you to Crag? I spent my summers growing up visiting the central coast of California and Monterey Bay Aquarium. I fell in love with the Pacific. I was drawn to Crag because of their environmental practice in the Pacific Northwest. Additionally, Crag’s public interest and civic engagement mission for protecting the Pacific Northwest mirrors my own advocacy goals.What are your environmental/legal interests? Water resources, water quality, and coastal law.Favorite place in the PNW: The ENTIRE city of Portland. Olympic National Park coast. But, I’m still new to this area so I’m sure more favorites will grow!Favorite book: Too hard but I can narrow it by my favorite authors – Margaret Atwood, Agatha Christie, and of course J.K. Rowling!Favorite quote: “I arise in the morning torn between a desire to save the world and a desire to savor the world. This makes it hard to plan the day.” – E.B. White_______________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________Name: Mark TuaiSchool: Lewis & Clark Law SchoolHometown: Walnut, CaliforniaWhat brought you to Crag? I’ve been an angler for most of my life and I developed an interest in fisheries conservation after I picked up fly-fishing. So during my 1L year I reached out to the Native Fish Society to see if I could get involved with their legal advocacy work and I was directed to Crag.What are your environmental/legal interests? My main area of interest is the Endangered Species Act.Favorite place in the PNW: Wherever there’s fish.Favorite book: It by Stephen KingFavorite quote: “Practice, how am I supposed to make my team better with practice?”–Allen Iverson
2016 & 2017 Development Office VolunteerLinda-Jue-outdoorsName: Linda JueEducation/Professional Background:  AA Degree in Human Services.  Retired from a County Mental Health Department where I held the positions of Coordinator of Drug Prevention and Treatment Services and Public Information Officer for the department.Hometown: San Francisco, CAWhat brought you to Crag?:  Attended a fundraiser and was impressed with the work being done.Environmental/legal interests:  Protection of the environment.  I have a deep love of Alaska and was happy that Crag has worked on issues there.Favorite place in the PNW: My heart belongs to Alaska.Favorite book:  War and PeaceFavorite quote:  “Resolve to be tender with the young, compassionate with the aged, sympathetic with the striving and tolerant with the weak and wrong. Sometime in your life, you will have been all of these.”  Gautama Buddha
 2016 DukeEngage Interns

Fall in Norway smallName: Jordan Bollmann

School: Duke UniversityHometown: Marysville, OhioWhat brought you to Crag? I am currently participating in a program called Duke Engage. Several other students and I have traveled here to work in environmental justice and sustainability. I particularly am interested in environmental justice as a possible future career and I find an acute passion in working on behalf of the Earth, which cannot speak for itself, so I hope that my time with Crag this summer will provide helpful insight into my interests for a possible career.What are your legal/environmental interests? The environmental consequences of dam construction, water policy, and sustainable timber practicesFavorite place in the PNW: I have only just arrived here, but Mt. Hood looks to be an enchanting placeFavorite Book: Jane Eyre by Charlotte BronteFavorite Quote: “Shoot for the moon; even if you miss, you’ll land among the stars.” –Les Brown  
Lindsey Bio PictureName: Lindsey ZimmerSchool: Duke UniversityHometown: Wilmington, NCWhat brought you to Crag? I am interested in pursuing a law degree after undergraduate and Crag for me is a perfect opportunity to discover both environmental law and learn more about non-profits. I am participating in a program called Duke Engage giving me the chance to advocate for the environment and work with non-profits. I am hoping my summer here will help me determine what I want to do in my future.What are your environmental/legal interests? I am studying environmental science and policy with a minor in global health. I am interested in environmental justice and human rights law. Favorite place in the PNW: This is my first time in the PNW, but I am sure by the end of the summer I will have an entire list of places.Favorite book: Glass Castle by Jeannette WallsFavorite quote: “To be yourself in a world that is constantly trying to make you something else is the greatest accomplishment.” -Ralph Waldo Emerson
 2016 Summer Associates
 HiseName: Jaclyn HiseSchool: University of Oregon Law SchoolHometown: Big Spring, TexasWhat brought you to Crag? Once I started law school at the University of Oregon, I was told about Crag Law Center and its reputation of being the best public interest environmental law organization. I wanted to learn from the best this summer at the Crag Law Center and its inclusiveness of a variety of environmental law issues attracted me including environmental justice, endangered species protection, and climate change.What are your environmental/legal interests? I’m interested in environmental and animal law. I’m interested in wildlife and the protection of their habitat. I’m also concerned with fossil fuel extraction, transportation, and the effect it has overall on the planet.Favorite place in the PNW: The Umpqua National Forest, Elliott State Forest, and Loon Lake.Favorite book: Rachel Carson’s Silent Spring or Betty Friedan’s The Feminine Mystique Favorite quote: “Never give up, never surrender!”
 HariharanName: Sid HariharanSchool: Willamette University College of LawHometown: Oakville, ON, CanadaWhat Brought you to Crag?: After taking a land use class in law school, I gained great interest in the Oregon land use system. Crag offers a great opportunity for hands on work in land use and related fields which is difficult to get while still a student. Another factor that drew me to Crag was the staff. The staff at Crag is very personable and extremely dedicated to their work.Favorite Place in the PNW: Crater Lake (in the Winter), any swimming hole and Centurylink FieldFavorite Book: Brave New WorldWhat are your legal interests?: I’m especially interested in land use litigation dealing with development and existing landowners.Favorite Quote: “You miss a 100% of the shots you don’t take.” – – Wayne Gretzky
 JF Bio PicName: James FraserSchool: Lewis & Clark Law SchoolHometown: Barrington, ILWhat brought you to Crag?: Before law school I worked as a fisheries researcher, studying cutthroat trout. I went to law school to work on fish and water issues from the law and policy angle. Crag is a key player in representing conservation interests in these issues, and I’m excited because this is my first experience working in environmental litigation.What are your legal interests?: Water law, fish issues, public lands, land use, and conservation easements.Favorite place in the PNW: A certain steelhead stream on Oregon’s North Coast.Favorite Book: The River Why by David James DuncanFavorite Quote: “Eventually, all things merge into one, and a river runs through it.” – Norman Maclean
 VargasName: Stewart Vargas-SosaSchool: University of Florida Levin College of LawHometown: Orlando, FLWhat brought you to Crag?: I came to Crag because I wanted to establish a connection to the PNW since I am considering relocating to the area upon graduating from law school. I chose Crag in particular because of the great environmental law work that the organization does throughout the region.What are your legal interests?: I am mostly interested in environmental, land-use, and real estate law.Favorite place in the PNW: I really enjoyed the drive into Portland on I-84, which takes you on an incredible journey through the Columbia River Gorge for miles and miles. It is truly an awesome sight to see.Favorite Book: Meditations, Marcus Aurelius.Favorite Quote: “Trust thyself: every heart vibrates to that iron string.”
 BriggsName: Rachel BriggsSchool: Lewis & Clark Law SchoolHometown: Honolulu, HIWhat brought you to Crag?: Prior to law school, I worked as a grassroots organizer for the Southern Utah Wilderness Alliance. I loved the work and the issues, but decided a legal education could help me to be a more effective advocate. Crag seemed like the perfect place to bridge the two: to get legal experience working on issues I care about while also seeing how that legal work can relate to and support community organizing efforts.What are your legal interests?: I am interested in public interest environmental law, especially regarding public lands and water rights.Favorite Place in the PNW: So many wonderful places, and so much yet to explore! I am always appreciative of Tryon Creek State Park, which abuts the Lewis & Clark Law School campus in Portland; it is incredible to be able to walk out of the library and directly into a lush forest.Favorite Book: Impossible question; there are too many I love! Jane Austen’s Emma has always been a favorite, though.Favorite Quote: “To be whole. To be complete. Wildness reminds us what it means to be human, what we are connected to rather than what we are separate from.”—Terry Tempest Williams
 2015 Summer InternMcKenna-Ganz-website-picName: McKenna GanzSchool: Duke UniversityHometown: Colorado Springs, COWhat brought you to Crag?:  I’m participating in a program called DukeEngage.  I and nine other Duke students are working at different organizations around Portland to learn about sustainability and environmental advocacy.  I’m extremely excited about my placement at Crag because of my interests in law and environmental justice.What are your legal interests?:  I’m especially interested in civil rights, human rights, and environmental justice.  I want to learn about the ways that environmental issues impact different groups of people, and how they can be helped through the legal system.Favorite place in the PNW?:  I haven’t had a chance yet to see much of the area!  So far I really love downtown Portland, but I’m excited to visit Mt. St. Helens and Mt. HoodFavorite book: Wicked by Gregory MaguireFavorite quote:  “If the whole universe has no meaning, we should never have found out that it has no meaning: just as, if there were no light in the universe and therefore no creatures with eyes, we should never know it was dark.  Dark would be without meaning.” – C.S. Lewis
2015 Summer AssociatesName: Kevin Armonio School: University of California, Hastings College of the Law Hometown: Fremont, CA What brought you to Crag?: Entering law school I knew I wanted to practice public interest environmental law, particularly environmental litigation. I came to Portland for the first time last summer and instantly fell in love with the area. After doing research on environmental law opportunities I found Crag. Crag presented me with the perfect opportunity to do meaningful environmental law work in Portland.What are your legal interests?: I’m interested in all branches of environmental law and environmental policy. However, coming from California I’m interested in water law, and because of the projects I’ve been working on I’m becoming more interested in land use law. Favorite place in the PNW?: I have only been in the Pacific-Northwest for a few weeks so I’m having a wonderful time trying to find a favorite place here. Favorite Book: Fight Club by Chuck Palahniuk Favorite quote: “If you can dream it, you can do it.” – Walt Disney  
Name: Laura Bachmann School: University of Wisconsin Law School Hometown: Sheboygan, WI What brought you to Crag?: I knew I wanted to do environmental law this summer, and I knew I wanted to try out a new city I hadn’t been to before. Since I’m from the midwest and have lived on the east coast, I opted for the Pacific Northwest and found Crag.What are your legal interests?: I’m obviously interested in environmental law. Beyond that, I’m also interested in international law and human rights. I have taken part in international law related courses, journal, and moot court at the law school. Last fall, I even took a course specifically about the intersection between human rights law and international environmental law.Favorite place in the PNW?: You’ll have to ask again at the end of the summer, since this is my first time to the PNW. Favorite Book: Harry Potter by J.K. RowlingFavorite quote: “vivamus mea lesbia, atque amemus, rumoresque senum severiorum omnes unius aestimemus assis” — Catullus, carmen 5  
Name:  Becca FischerSchool: Lewis & Clark Law SchoolHometown: Billings, Montana What brought you to Crag? I learned about Crag’s work as the law clerk for Northwest Environmental Defense Center.  I was excited to hear that Crag represented organizations and citizens at the grassroots level on current environmental issues such as coal and oil and gas exports.  I hope to work in the public interest environmental law field after law school, and Crag is the perfect way to get hands-on experience in this area.What are your legal interests?  I came to law school to study water resources and energy issues.  But, I am finding that I enjoy all aspects of environmental law.Favorite place in the PNW: Any swimming hole!  One of my favorites is Three Pools near Salem.Favorite book: Lord of the Rings – J.R.R. TolkienFavorite quote: ““All we have to decide is what to do with the time that is given us.” The Fellowship of the Ring, J.R.R. Tolkien
 Tim-Fitchett Name: Tim FitchettSchool: Lewis & Clark Law SchoolHometown: Portland, ORWhat brought you to Crag?: I first learned about Crag while volunteering with Friends of the Columbia Gorge before entering law school. I pretty much went into law school to do public interest environmental work, so Crag has always seemed like the perfect fit.  I’ve wanted to help out with the work that the organization does to protect the Pacific Northwest for a long time, and feel incredibly lucky to be here!What are your legal interests?: I am particularly interested in climate change, wildlife, and land-use law.Favorite place in the PNW: I have a particular affinity for the hiking trails in the Columbia River Gorge.Favorite book: The Dune series by Frank HerbertFavorite quote: “To help another person, one must first understand that person. But to understand another, one must first understand yourself. Focus and learn. Develop the courage, the clarity, and the sensitivity to apply the right pressure, in the right place, at the right time. Then act.” paraphrased from Way of the Peaceful Warrior by Dan Millman
 _Emily_Hajarizadeh_Intern-picName: Emily HajarizadehSchool: University of OregonHometown: Portland, ORWhat brought you to Crag? I learned about Crag’s mission while volunteering for the non-profit environmental group Columbia Riverkeeper on the “Dirty Coal” and “Oil-by-Rail” campaigns.  Working with local communities alerted me to the complex and fascinating role of the legal system in environmental management.What are your environmental/legal interests?  Land-Use Law, Zoning, Water Law, and Negotiations.  Advancing sustainability initiatives within the growing urban landscapes of the Pacific Northwest.Favorite place in the PNW? The “Dead Forest” – Waldo Lake, OR.  In 1996, a raging forest fire consumed the lakeside forest on the NE shore.  Nearly twenty years later, a creaking, bleached canopy continues to stand in remembrance of the lush, old growth forest it once had been.  The eerie quiet of the forest yields hidden treasures if you’re careful to keep your eyes alert. Successional plants such as native mountain blueberries, huckleberries, and chamomile cover the scorched, nutrient-rich forest floor and provide food for the chipmunks, birds, and peckish hikers passing through.Favorite book:  Jack Kerouac, “The Dharma Bums” (1958)Favorite quote:“There is no Space or Time Only intensity, And tame things Have no immensity”  – Mina Loy
2015 Development VolunteerName: Kady J. TuckerEducation: BA in Political Science from UC Santa BarbaraHometown: Carmel Valley/Laguna Beach, CaliforniaWhat brought you to Crag?: I first heard about Crag through their work protecting salmon habitats along the Rogue River from mining pollution. I came here because Crag’s work aligns with my goals to protect the natural resources I get so much joy out of exploring.What are your environmental/legal interests?:  I am most interested in land use and zoning law. I hope to gain more knowledge on the topic through my time with Crag, and am slowly surrendering to the pull I feel toward law school.Favorite place in the PNW?: Oh, well this is very difficult for me. I will have to say that so far my favorite place has been the top of Mt. St. Helens in Winter. Seeing the steam rising, the jagged features of the mouth, and the neighboring snow-capped Cascades mountains from that perspective was a humbling experience.Favorite book: The Unbearable Lightness of Being – Milan KunderaFavorite quote: To him, all good things—trout as well as eternal salvation—come by grace. And grace, comes by art, And art does not come easy. ~ Norman Maclean A River Runs Through It
2015 Legal ExternName: Sona Mohnot Education: LL.M in Environmental and Natural Resources Law from Lewis & Clark Law SchoolHometown: New OrleansWhat brought you to Crag?: I am new to the Northwest and I want to learn as much as I can about environmental concerns in the region. Crag focuses on such a variety of environmental issues so it seemed like the perfect fit. Office dogs are a huge plus as well! What are your environmental/legal interests?:  Wildlife law and biodiversity, water law, environmental justice, federal Indian law, constitutional lawFavorite place in the PNW?: San Juan IslandFavorite book: Catch-22Favorite quote: “Sin and love and fear are just sounds that people who never sinned nor loved nor feared have for what they never had and cannot have until they forget the words” – William Faulkner
 Spring 2013 – Spring 2015 –  Legal InternName: Kara TebeauSchool: Lewis & Clark Law SchoolHometown: Olympia, WAWhat brought you to Crag?: I learned about Crag because of their work representing the Northwest Environmental Defense Center.  When I heard Crag was taking on summer interns, I was excited to seek the opportunity to work with and learn from experts in the field of environmental law. Public interest environmental law is exactly what I want to do “when I grow up,” and I am happy to be here, building my skills.What are your legal interests?: This year I volunteered with NEDC, writing comments on public lands and wildlife topics, which are my main interests.Favorite place in the Pacific NW: Mima Mounds Prairies (South of Oly, WA).Favorite book: The Little PrinceFavorite quote: When we tug at a single thing in nature, we find it attached to the rest of the world. – John Muir
2014 Summer Internerin-elliott-crag-photoName: Erin ElliottSchool: Duke UniversityHometown: Roanoke, VAWhat brought you to Crag?: I’m here with the DukeEngage – Portland program.  The other participants and I are volunteering and working with different environmental organizations around the city.  I chose to work with Crag because I thought it would provide a great introduction to environmental law and perhaps help me narrow down what I want to do in the future.What are your academic interests?:  I’m majoring in biology and have a particular interest in marine biology, with an environmental science and policy minor.Favorite place in the PNW?: This is my first time in this area and I’ve only been here for a week so far, but I love downtown Portland and am excited to explore the surrounding areas.Favorite book: Fahrenheit 451 by Ray BradburyFavorite quote: “Be yourself; everyone else is already taken.” – Oscar Wilde
2014 Summer AssociatesWillName: Will CarlonSchool: University of Oregon School of LawHometown: Chico, CAWhat brought you to Crag?: After working with Crag on a timber sale case, I knew I wanted to work with the organization.  Crag was highly recommended by classmates and environmental attorneys in Eugene.  I was also particularly interested in environmental litigation and wanted to experience it firsthand.What are your legal interests?: I am primarily interested in issues involving water law and protecting wild spaces.Favorite place in the PNW?: I am relatively new to the area, but my favorite place so far is Smith Rock.Favorite Book: East of EdenFavorite quote: “Whether we and our politicians know it or not, Nature is party to all our deals and decisions, and she has more votes, a longer memory, and a sterner sense of justice than we do.” ~Wendell Berry
kelseyName: Kelsey SkaggsSchool: Harvard Law SchoolHometown: Juneau, AlaskaWhat brought you to Crag?: I first learned about Crag through their atmospheric trust litigation regarding climate change. I came here because Crag’s work includes a variety of projects over an interesting geographic range and furthers goals that are important to me.What are your legal interests?: Climate justice, ocean and wilderness conservation, international law, publishing and journalism, civil rights.Favorite place in the Pacific NW: The West Chichagof-Yakobi Wilderness in Southeast AlaskaFavorite book: Still Life with Woodpecker by Tom RobbinsFavorite quote: “Life shrinks or expands in proportion to one’s courage.” ~ Anaïs Nin  
AlexandriaName: Alexandria ZafonteSchool: Vermont Law SchoolHometown: Garden City, NYWhat brought you to Crag? I wanted to help protect the environment and explore the West.What are your legal interests? Environmental Law, Land Use, Civil RightsFavorite pastime: Hiking, playing outside, reading, and drawing/painting.Favorite place in the Pacific NW: Haven’t found it yet.Favorite Book: The Sound and the Fury by William FaulknerFavorite Quote: “I’d rather be up on deck in a bad storm, than down below puking on myself.” -Ralph Bloemers, his philosophy of fighting for the environment in the face of increasingly dire information regarding the health of the planet.
2014 Communications InternName: Sean GalvinSchool: University of PortlandHometown: Anchorage, AKWhat brought you to Crag?: I wanted to acquire some hands-on experience at a law firm and needed to fill up some spaces in my schedule. My advisor and mentor Dr. Bill Barnes recommended that I look into Crag. After reading about the work Crag does on the website I knew I wanted to get involved and help out.What are your legal interests?: I am not really sure yet. I am hoping to narrow it down more after this experience.Favorite place in the Pacific NW: I have mostly only been in Portland, and I love it here!Favorite book: Ender’s Shadow by Orson Scott CardFavorite Quote: “It’s a dangerous business, Frodo, going out your door. You step out onto the road, and if you don’t keep your feet, there’s no knowing where you might be swept off to.” -J.R.R. Tolkien
2013 Intern ProfilesSummer AssociatesName: Brian HennesSchool: University of Oregon School of LawHometown: Hilmar, CaliforniaWhat brought you to Crag?: I wanted to gain experience with environmental and natural resource litigation, and I knew from reading about cases that Crag has been involved in that I would be proud to advocate for Crag’s clients and their causes. Also, a classmate of mine at UO Law who worked for Crag last summer said that she had a great experience.What are your legal interests?: I am most interested in water, wildlife, and forest law.Favorite place in the Pacific NW: Rogue RiverFavorite Book: The Sun Also RisesFavorite quote: “If we do not change our direction, we are likely to end up where we are headed.” -Chinese proverb 
 Name: Nick WhitakerSchool: Seattle University School of LawHometown: Buckley, WAWhat brought you to Crag?: I was searching for a place to enhance my practical legal skills and do great public interest environmental work.  Crag fit the bill, and they were nice enough to allow me to spend the summer here.What are your legal interests?: Environmental Law generally.  I’m looking to get a good grasp on our environmental laws in order to put myself in a place to effect needed change in the way our community views and deals with environmental issues going forward.Favorite Place in the PNW: Almost anywhere in Olympic National Park. Also, Safeco Field and my mom’s house.Favorite Quote: “I intend to live forever.  So far, so good.”  — Steven Wright
 Name: Kara TebeauSchool: Lewis & Clark Law SchoolHometown: Olympia, WAWhat brought you to Crag?: I learned about Crag because of their work representing the Northwest Environmental Defense Center.  When I heard Crag was taking on summer interns, I was excited to seek the opportunity to work with and learn from experts in the field of environmental law. Public interest environmental law is exactly what I want to do “when I grow up,” and I am happy to be here, building my skills.What are your legal interests?: This year I volunteered with NEDC, writing comments on public lands and wildlife topics, which are my main interests.Favorite place in the Pacific NW: Mima Mounds Prairies (South of Oly, WA). Favorite book: The Little PrinceFavorite quote: When we tug at a single thing in nature, we find it attached to the rest of the world. – John Muir
2013 Summer InternName: Josh BergSchool: Duke UniversityHometown: New City, NYWhat brought you to Crag?: I would like to attend law school after college and have a strong interest in protecting our natural environment and our last few truly wild spaces.  I am here with a program called Duke Engage which funds undergraduate internships at non-profit organizations.What are your legal/academic interests?: I am currently an Environmental Studies and Policy major and am very interested in renewable energy development.Favorite place in the Pacific NW: Anchorage, AK –  Serves as the last taste of civilization for those headed on into the woods.Favorite quote(s):“I don’t want to push my chips forward and go out and meet something I don’t understand. A man would have to put his soul at hazard. He’d have to say, “O.K., I’ll be part of this world.” – No Country for Old Men “Nobody comes here anymore, its too crowded”- Yogi Berra

Fall Associates 2012

Name: Sarah DeansSchool: Vermont Law SchoolHometown: Nowhere really! I think I’ve moved houses at least 16 times in my life.What brought you to Crag?: Crag is the kind of firm I’d like to work at after I graduate: a small group of hard working lawyers practicing public interest environmental law. I also wanted to learn what it was like working in a fast paced litigation firm, and learn how to produce higher quality work product.What are your legal interests?: The Clean Water Act and conservation easementsFavorite Place in the Pacific NW: So far Horsetail Falls. It’s close by, has lots of water, and is easy enough for my puppy to hike.Favorite book: His Dark Materials by Philip PullmanFavorite quote: “The man who does not read has no advantage over the man who cannot.” –Mark Twain  
 Name: Max BrunkeSchool: Vermont Law SchoolHometown: Portland, Oregon What brought you to Crag?: I entered to law school after working in the field of private land use and development consulting. I wanted to be a better advocate for our shared resources and to shift my focus from the built environment to the natural environment. My work at Crag fulfills that ambition exactly. Crag combines a warm and collaborative culture with the topic areas I find most compelling.What are your legal interests?: Natural Resources and the EnvironmentFavorite place in the Pacific NW: 45.939094, -123.990758Favorite quote: “There are some who can live without wild things and some who cannot.” – Aldo Leopold  
 Name: Derek MillsSchool: Lewis & Clark Law SchoolHometown: Chandler, AZWhat brought you to Crag: As an environmental law student in Portland, I was constantly exposed to Crag’s name plastered in various locations; on complaints, in newsletters, on posters. This prompted me to research the organization. I liked what I read on the Crag website and was excited to learn more about the cases that they were working on.What are your legal interests?: I am extremely interested in the role of the federal government as regulator of public lands. I hope to get involved with federal environmental policy reform. Along those lines, I have a strong desire to learn more about issues related to natural resources, wildlife, land use, energy law, and Native tribes.Favorite places in the Pacific NW: McKinley Rock, Broken Top, and Smith Rock so far.Favorite pastimes: Rock climbing, hiking, and listening to music.Favorite book: Desert Solitaire by Edward Abbey.
Greg MintzName: Greg MintzSchool: University of California, Irvine School of LawHometown: Portland, OregonWhat brought you to Crag: After graduating from law school in California, I returned to the northwest looking to practice public interest environmental law. I was drawn to Crag Law Center because it offers both a strong public interest mission and the highest quality environmental law practice. I appreciate Crag’s client-based conservation efforts and I very much look forward to working in its livable communities practice area.What are your legal interests?: I am interested in climate change regulation and adaptation, conflict resolution and peacebuilding, and environmental justice.Favorite place in the Pacific NW: I hope to visit the San Juan Islands again soon!Favorite pastimes: Playing music and adventuring.Favorite book: The Lorax by Dr. Seuss

Summer Associates 2012

Name: Rachael Lipinski
School: University of Oregon School of Law
Hometown: Stanwood, Washington
What brought you to Crag?: While an environmental studies major at Lewis and Clark, I discovered the possibility of law as a means of working on environmental issues.  This led me to law school to pursue a career in environmental non-profit law.  Of all the environmental non-profits, I was drawn to Crag’s client-based approach to environmental work.
What are your legal interests?: Water law
Favorite Place in the Pacific NW: LaPush and Rialto Beaches on the Olympic Peninsula
Favorite Book: Right now, West of Here by Jonathan Evison

Name: Kelly DamewoodSchool: Vermont Law SchoolHometown: Plano, TexasWhat brought you to Crag?: After I graduated from the University of Portland I ran a small, organic farm on Sauvie’s Island, which in turn inspired me to enter law school.  I chose Vermont Law because it has an awesome environmental law program and a great agriculture community.  However, I dearly missed the Pacific Northwest where I feel truly inspired to be an environmental advocate. Fortunately, Crag brought me back to Portland this summer to work on environmental issues specific to Oregon, Washington, and Alaska.What are your legal interests?: Agriculture and food policy.Favorite place in the Pacific NW: This is tough. The Wildwood trail at Forest Park is probably my most frequented favorite spot in the Pacific NW.Favorite quote: I like trees because they seem more resigned to the way they have to live than other things do. -Willa Cather
Name: Jen SchaperSchool: Vermont Law SchoolHometown: Mainz, Germany and Seattle, WAWhat brought you to Crag?: My interests have always been in public interest law; environmental law is what made me want to law school in the first place. I love the Pacific Northwest and really wanted to come here for the summer. Crag seemed like the perfect place. A small and dedicated non-profit environmental law firm – I knew I would get the experience I wanted here. The people are great, Portland is too.What are your legal interests?: My legal interests have expanded to international law and criminal law. My original pull toward environmental law and wildlife protection still remains. Ideally, I would like to combine them all and prosecute illegal animal trafficking.My favorite place in the Pacific NW: Right now it’s Portland!Favorite Quote: “I am only one, but I am one. I can’t do everything, but I can do something.  The something I ought to do, I can do.  And by the grace of God, I will.” – Edward Everett Hale
Name: Maura Fahey
School: Lewis and Clark Law SchoolHometown: Chaska, MN
What brought you to Crag?: I am interested in doing environmental non-profit work when I graduate and I was eager to get more experience working with communities around Portland and the Pacific Northwest to protect our natural resources and places.What are your legal interests?: For the past few years I have been particularly interested in pollution control and protection of water resources; however, my work at Crag has sparked a new area of interest for me in land use law.
Favorite place in the Pacific NW: Trillium Lake on a clear day or at the top of Palmer lift at Timberline looking out at the peaks in the distance.
Favorite book: Ishmael by Daniel Quinn.

Summer Interns 2012

 Name: Erica HetzelSchool: Virginia TechHometown: Williamsburg, Virginia What brought you to Crag?: After taking an environmental law class my sophomore year, I was hooked. After three more law classes, I decided I wanted to go to law school. Having never been off the East Coast before, I decided on Portland, Oregon and discovered Crag, which mixes the best of the environmental law and non-profit fields.What are your academic/legal interests?: I’m currently working towards a degree in Environmental Policy & Planning with a minor in Agricultural & Applied Economics. This past semester, I completed undergraduate research on direct and indirect regulation of mountaintop removal coal mining and specifically, how the Endangered Species Act could be used to minimize or eradicate the destructive practice altogether. I’m particularly interested in the ESA – I think because I used to want to be a veterinarian.Favorite place in the Pacific NW: I haven’t been to many places yet, but I absolutely love Mt. Hood whenever I can catch a good view of it.Favorite quote: “Of course it is happening inside your head, Harry, but why on earth should that mean that it is not real?” (Albus Dumbledore, Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows)
 Name: Charlie BlanchardSchool: Duke UniversityHometown: Richmond, Virginia What brought you to Crag?: I’m considering law school and wanted to get some experience working with a law firm. I also am interested in working in the non-profit world and the DukeEngage – Portland program gave me an opportunity to do both.What are your academic/legal interests?: I’m a History major and Political Science minor potentially interested in law school and non-profit work.Favorite place in the Pacific NW: Walla Walla, Washington, where my aunt and uncle owned an alpaca farmFavorite quote: “It’s not the size of the dog in the fight, it’s the size of the fight in the dog.” – Mark Twain

Summer Associates 2011

Name: Erin RoohanSchool: Georgetown University Law CenterHometown: Rockaway, NY What brought you to Crag?: The chance to do environmental litigation work in a non-profit environment and the opportunity to explore the Pacific Northwest.What are your legal interests?: Environmental law in general, but more specifically animal protection and ocean conservation.Favorite place in the Pacific NW: This is my first time in the Pacific Northwest, so I don’t have a favorite place yet. I’m sure by the end of the summer I will have more than one favorite place out here.Favorite Quote: “I define nothing, not beauty, not patriotism. I take each thing as it is, without prior rules about what it should be.” Bob Dylan
 Name: Derek LeuzziSchool: Gonzaga School of LawHometown: Bellevue, WAWhat brought you to Crag?: A friend of mine tuned me into the work Crag was doing with her family to help protect the northern slopes of Mt. Hood.  I am drawn to the work that Crag does for the environment, and their approach to solving environmental issues.What are your legal interests?: Environmental justice.Favorite place in the Pacific NW: I do not have a “favorite place” in the PNW because I love too many places way too much, but I am currently most interested in the Pasayten Wilderness in Northern Washington.Favorite quote/book: “You can’t fall off a mountain.” – Dharma Bums by Jack Kerouac
 Name: Ian McCurdySchool: University of Oregon School of LawHometown: Portland, OregonWhat brought you to Crag? : I was drawn to the work Crag does with under represented communities in Alaska, the Northwest, and California.What are your legal interests? : My legal interests are varied but I have liked working on Title VI issues so far this summer and on other projects that can be used to help communities in Crag’s project areas.Favorite place in the Pacific NW: Glacier Lake in the Wallowa-Whitman National ForestFavorite book: Encounters with the Archdruid by John McPhee
 Name: Scott HilgenbergSchool: Lewis and Clark Law SchoolHometown: Green Bay, WIWhat brought you to Crag?: During my first year at L & C, I volunteered at NEDC and became aware of the great conservation work that Crag does.  It is inspiring to work with such compassionate attorneys who have a real dedication to the environment.What are your legal interests?: Environmental law with a focus on water law, International Law, Land Use Planning and ConservationFavorite place in the Pacific NW: Short Sands Beach, Stumptown on BelmontFavorite quote: “Be the change you want to see in the world.” -Ghandi  “No regrets, that’s my motto. That and everybody Wang Chung tonight.” – Out Cold

Summer Intern 2011

Name: Alix JacobsonSchool: Duke UniversityHometown: Milwaukee, WisconsinWhat brought you to Crag: I am considering going to law school so I thought I’d see what the life of a lawyer is really like.  I was given the opportunity to work with Crag through the DukeEngage-Portland program.What are your academic/legal interests: I am a Biology major with a concentration in Marine Biology.  If I go to law school, I’d like to study environmental law so I can work to protect our oceans.Favorite Place in the Pacific Northwest: Seward, AlaskaFavorite Quote: “For all at last return to the sea–to Oceanus, the ocean river, like the ever flowing stream of time, the beginning and the end.” -Rachel Carson

Fall Associate 2010

Jordana Jusidman joined the Crag Law Center in August 2010 through Vermont Law School’s Semester in Practice program. During her legal externship, which concluded in mid-December, Jordana explored the field of environmental litigation.  She had the opportunity to work with staff attorneys at Crag on various projects, including the Measure 49 cases.  During her time at Crag, she appeared before a local state court for oral argument.  While working at Crag, Jordana enjoyed living on an urban farm in Milwaukie.  Originally from California, Jordana holds dual Bachelors degrees in International Relations and Spanish from UC Davis. She is fluent in Spanish, well-versed in Portuguese and has spent time studying and working abroad in Brazil, Cuba and Mexico. Jordana is an outdoors enthusiast and has led kayaking and rock climbing programs for Outward Bound and the Northwest Passage.

Summer Associates 2010

Name: Eric SwansonSchool: Georgetown University Law CenterHometown: Caracas, Venezuela and Marietta, GAWhat brought you to Crag? : Crag specializes in exactly what I want to do: environmental law for the good guys.  Also, I wanted to get away from D.C.’s brutal summers and explore a new area of the country.What are your legal interests? : Environmental law and policy.Favorite place in the Pacific NW: It’s really tough to say. I loved Smith Rock for the climbing, the coast for its rugged beauty, and Eugene for its atmosphere. Probably my favorite thing of the summer was every once in a while being surprised to look up from riding my bike around Portland and see Mount Hood in the distance. That is the one thing I’ll miss the most back in DC.Favorite Quote: “All the elements are there. The stone, the air when you’re free-falling, the water and the fire inside.” – Chris Sharma, on deep-water solo (climbing over the ocean with only the water as protection).
 Name: Julie KroghSchool: UCLA School of LawHometown: Lake Oswego, ORWhat brought you to Crag? : I was drawn to Crag because of the down-to-earth and intelligent people who are driven to protect the natural state of the Pacific Northwest.  Growing up in Oregon, the forests, rivers, and coasts of this state were always very special places to me and I wanted to work with people who valued them as well.What are your legal interests? : My legal interests are too varied and subject to change to list, but I particularly enjoyed working on Measure 49 vested rights issues this summer.Favorite place in the Pacific NW: Anywhere there’s enough room to pitch a tent.Favorite Book: Don Quixote de la Mancha by Miguel de Cervantes
 Name: Tara GallagherSchool: Northwestern School of Law, Lewis & Clark CollegeHometown: Troy, MIWhat brought you to Crag? : Mostly, Crag’s reputation and the reputation of the people who work here.  Crag’s staff is known for helping train the next generation of environmental lawyers.  I wanted to be involved with an organization that uses creative legal strategies to solve complex litigation problems associated with environmental law and educates future lawyers on how to be successful.What are your legal interests? : Helping people, saving the planet, breaking ground, blazing trails, and, of course, winning.Favorite place in the Pacific NW: Anywhere on the coast at sunset. I never experienced such beautiful sunsets until I sat at the end of the world and looked out over the Pacific.Favorite Quote: “It is by riding a bicycle that you learn the contours of a country best, since you have to sweat up the hills and coast down them. Thus you remember them as they actually are, while in a motor car only a high hill impresses you, and you have no such accurate remembrance of country you have driven through as you gain by riding a bicycle.” – Hemingway.
 Name: Emily ReidSchool: Willamette University College of LawHometown: Cottonwood, AZWhat brought you to Crag? : I heard about Crag my first year at Willamette from the other officers in our Environmental Law Society.  I looked at the website and Crag immediately jumped to the top of my list of places I’d like to work.  The attorneys at Crag practice exactly the type of law I’m interested in pursuing.  They keep things interesting by representing a variety of clients and are determined to win on the basis of law, not relying primarily on emotional appeal.What are your legal interests? : I decided to go back to school with environmental law and policy in mind.  After a variety of experiences, my goal remains the same.Favorite place in the Pacific NW: There isn’t really one single spot I could name as my favorite.  I love the coast, the rivers, the forest – and having the wonderful city of Portland as my home base.Favorite Book: The Grapes of Wrath, by John Steinbeck

Summer Intern 2010

Name: Polly KangSchool: Duke UniversityHometown: Seattle, WAWhat brought you to Crag?: Duke Engage Portland + Interest in going to law school+ Fascination with the concept of a non-profit law center!What are your academic or legal interests?: I am an Economics and Public Policy double major; If I go to law school, I want to possibly specialize in international law.Favorite place in the Pacific NW: Lake WashingtonFavorite Book: One Hundred Years of Solitude by Gabriel Garcia Marquez

Summer Associates 2009

Name: Naomi RowdenSchool: University of Oregon School of LawHometown: Seattle, WAWhat brought you to Crag? : I came to Crag because of the excellent reputation Crag has for public interest work on environmental issues. In particular I appreciate Crag’s commitment to serving local communities who are directly affected by environmental issues.What are your legal interests? : I am interested in public interest environmental law, as well as Indian law. Being able to work with Chris for the Native Villages of the North Slope of Alaska on off-shore oil and gas drilling impacts really allowed me to dig into the confluence of these issues in a meaningful way and was a great experience.Favorite place in the Pacific NW: Fall Creek area of the Willamette National Forest – It has beautiful trees!Favorite Book: A Wizard of Earthsea by Urusula K. Le Guin
 Name: Jen O’BrienSchool: Northwestern School of Law, Lewis & Clark CollegeHometown: Polson, MTWhat brought you to Crag? : I’ve known for a while that I want to do environmental litigation work after law school, and Crag is one of the best places to learn.  I knew I would be able to get substantive, hands-on experience working on a variety of issues.  Additionally, I knew that the Crag staff would be a fantastic group of people to work with and learn from.What are your legal interests? : Environmental law, specifically issues relating to public lands and land use.Favorite place in the Pacific NW: Put me anywhere on the coast that is quiet and unpopulated and I’m happy!Favorite Person: Jeannette Rankin is one person I’ve always admired and tried to take inspiration from.  She was the first woman ever elected to the U.S. Congress (and from Montana, too), an advocate for both women’s suffrage and world peace, and the only person in either house of Congress to vote against U.S. entry into World War II.
 Name: Veronica Warnock What brought you to Crag?: By being a client driven non-profit Crag is able to address environmental issues that directly affect people’s quality of life even when its clients cannot afford to pay.  I applied to work for Crag because wanted to get a taste of what practicing environmental law would be like and was overjoyed that I got to do so in such a setting. What are your legal interests?: Land use & environmental law What is your favorite spot in the Pacific Northwest?: It’s impossible to choose a favorite. However, I do love the Wallow Mountains, the Oregon coast, especially just north of Florence, and Mt. Rainier. What is your hometown? South Burlington, Vermont What is your favorite book?: Whatever I am currently reading.

Summer Interns 2009

Name: Amanda PadeSchool: Duke UniversityHometown:What brought you to Crag? : As my academic interests expanded, I wanted to gain exposure to environmental law. As a non-profit firm in the Pacific Northwest, Crag was a great place to get hands-on experience in public interest work.What are your legal interests? : I am extremely interested in environmental law related to climate change. Specifically, I would like to work on policies and laws that help the US deal with the issues and consequences of global warming.Favorite Book: The Things They Carried- Tim O’Brien.
 Name: David KinsellaSchool: University of Portland Spring 2009, 1L Stanford Law School Fall 2009Hometown: Redmond, WAWhat brought you to Crag? : Initially it was the proselytizing of Prof. Barnes. Throughout an entire class he kept talking about what a great organization Crag was. When he mentioned at the end of class that he might be able to get an internship there for one of his students, I knew I had to ask more. Also, it was really important for me to get some nonprofit experience before I headed off to law school.What are your legal interests? : Intellectual property, environmental law, corporate governance, merger clearance, and antitrust.Favorite place in the Pacific NW: The Redmond Watershed, right by where I grew up. I have run in the Watershed’s trails for years, and every time I go back to visit my parents it’s one of the first places I go. I feel like it epitomizes the Northwest: dense forest, soft trails, a small lake, the occasional bear, and a great community of people who are all out enjoying the wilderness. It’s perfect.Favorite Book: “I Am That: Talks with Sri Nisargadatta”

Summer Associates 2008

Name: Nicole RentzSchool: The George Washington School of LawHometown: Columbia, LouisianaWhat brought you to Crag? The opportunity to work for an attorneys representing local citizens in environmental litigation, and the chance to spend the summer in Portland.What are your legal interests? Environmental and land use law, International and human rights law.Favorite quote: “I arise in the morning torn between a desire to save the world and a desire to savor the world. That makes it hard to plan the day.” – E.B. White
 Name: Maureen McGeeSchool: University of Oregon School of LawHometown: Pocatello, IDWhat brought you to Crag? I was looking for a small, non-profit setting for my first year internship, where I would be able to do substantial legal work and learn first-hand how to do environmental litigation from experienced attorneys. When I saw that Crag was hiring for the summer, I found a classmate who had volunteered here. She was so happy with her experience at Crag that I applied, and I couldn’t be happier with my decision to come here!What are your legal interests? The whole reason I entered law school was to pursue a career in environmental law. I love the work that I am doing here at Crag, and am also interested in work more along the lines of increasing sustainability practices for business and working to bring our energy policies more up to speed in promoting truly renewable resources across the board. My favorite classes so far in school have been Property Law, and interestingly, Contracts.Favorite place in the Pacific NW: One of my favorite ways to relax is to leave my home in Eugene early in the morning, drive over to the Oregon Coast, and then head south from Florence until I find a nice, empty beach in the dunes area. There are secluded spots, where, after wandering out onto the beach a bit, you can sit on the sand and see nothing in any direction but the ocean and sand. Crater Lake is pretty cool, too.

Summer Interns 2008

Name: Alexandra SaavedraSchool: Santa Clara UniversityHometown: Lima, Peru and Portland, OregonWhat brought you to Crag? As a freshman in college, I am seriously considering going to Law School and wanted some exposure to what that entails. One of Crag’s board memebers introduced the idea of interning here and after looking into what it is Crag stands for and how much they are able to accomplish with so little resources, I decided it would be a great first law-related internship.What are your legal interests? For now, although this is very subject to change as I am only 19 years old, I am heading towards International Law.Favorite place in the Pacific NW: Mt. Hood (Timberline)Favorite Quote: “Today you are you that is truer than true. There is no one alive who is youer than you.” -Dr. Seuss

Summer Associates 2007

Perrin de Jong School: BA, Sociology; Berea College. 2nd-year JD Candidate, Lewis & Clark Law SchoolHometown: Chapel Hill, NCWhat brought you to Crag? An opportunity to get experience working in a dazzling array of environmental law areas.What are your legal interests? Administrative environmental law, particularly as it relates to wildlands defense, logging, mining, road-building, and environmental justice. Also criminal defense for activists and other victims of police abuse.Favorite pastime: Playing music with friendsFavorite place in the Pacific NW: Klamath-SiskiyousFavorite Quote: “You’re voting which you’re hoping will stop the guns from smoking — is someone f—ing joking? They’re bankers in sheep’s clothing!” – The Coup
Sean MaloneHometown: Dayton, OHSchool: BA, University of Colorado. JD Candidate, Gonzaga UniversityWhy Crag? Environmental WorkLegal Interests: Environmental law, Constitutional law.Favorite Pastime: Playing GuitarFavorite Place in Pacific NW: Oregon CoastFavorite Book: Ulysses by James Joyce
Chuck BrushwoodSchool: B.S., Ecology, The Evergreen State College. J.D. Candidate 2008, Willamette University College of Law.Hometown: I’m still looking for one.What brought you to Crag? A shared vision. Ralph came to Willamette last year to talk about Crag’s work in support of community efforts to promote environmental conservation and sustainable natural resource management, and I was hooked. Working with Crag is a real privilege and a great opportunity to focus and develop my education in preparation for my incipient legal career.What are your legal interests? Public interest law, public lands law and policy, water law, American Indian law.Favorite pastime: Exploring the wild lands and waters of Cascadia.Favorite place in the Pacific NW: I have a hard time picking one favorite spot with so many great places in the PNW to choose from, but I will say that I have a soft spot for the North Cascades.Favorite Quote : “Wilderness needs no defense, only more defenders” – Ed Abbey

Summer Interns 2007

Name: Kris RussellSchool: Reed CollegeHometown: Easton, CT and Scottsdale, AZWhat brought you to Crag? My professor Noelwah Netusil happens to like these gentlemen, and recommended that I spend a summer with them.What are your legal interests? Obviously Environmental Law, but I’m also very interested in Law and Economics.Favorite pastime: I enjoy badminton, playing my flute or guitar, container gardening, and hiking with my dog, Widget.Favorite place in the Pacific NW: Haven’t found it yet.Favorite Quote: “Tea! That’s all I needed! Good cup of tea! Super-heated infusion of free-radicals and tannins, just the thing for healing the synapses.” -Ten, Doctor Who

Name: Josh HalladaySchool: Catlin Gabel SchoolHometown: Tigard, ORWhat brought you to Crag? After chatting with with Board Chairwoman Sadhana Shenoy I learned about Crag and and what the lawyers stood for.What are your legal interests? Civil Rights and Animal RightsFavorite pastime: Football, baseball, and racquetballFavorite place in the Pacific NW: Oregon CoastFavorite Quote, Hero, Book, Movie or anything else?: “I’m so fast that last night I turned off the light switch in my hotel room and was in bed before the room was dark.”-Muhammad Ali