Crag Staff

Attorney Chris WinterChris Winter – Co-Executive Director & Staff Attorney

Tel:  (503) 525-2725

Chris Winter received his Bachelor of Arts degree from Cornell University in 1994 and then graduated from the University of Michigan Law School in 1998, where he focused on environmental and natural resources law. For three years, he practiced environmental law at Stoel Rives LLP in Portland, Oregon, representing corporate clients on complex matters relating to investigation and cleanup of contaminated industrial sites, regulatory compliance and business transactions.

In 2001, he founded the Crag Law Center to provide affordable legal assistance to groups promoting conservation issues. Since that time, he has helped dozens of groups throughout Oregon, Washington and Alaska, including municipal and tribal governments, conservation organizations, citizen groups, recreational clubs and individual activists. His current practice focuses on environmental justice, salmon habitat and water quality regulation, and public land management. He is a member of the Oregon, Washington and Alaska Bars and is admitted to practice in the U.S. Supreme Court, the Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals, the District of Oregon, and the Western and Eastern Districts of Washington, and the District of Alaska.  He has also served as an Adjunct Professor at Lewis and Clark Law School, where for several years he taught a seminar on forest law and policy.

When Chris isn’t working, he spends time in the mountains with his wife and friends.  His passion for high, wild places has led him across the continental United States and Canada and to remote locations in Alaska, Asia, Africa and Europe. He loves the mountains and wilderness of the Pacific Northwest for their unmatched opportunities for adventure and solitude.

 

Ralph Bloemers Attorney

Ralph Bloemers – Co-Executive Director & Staff Attorney

Tel:  (503) 525-2727

Ralph grew up on a cheese farm in the Blue Ridge Mountains of Virginia. After high school, he left for Colorado’s Rocky Mountains to study political science at the University of Colorado at Boulder. He then worked abroad in Munich, Germany, and after that moved to Salem, Oregon, to attend law school at Willamette University. He completed an externship at 1000 Friends of Oregon and a fellowship at The Nature Conservancy where he learned about environmental, land use and natural resources work. He studied international environmental law in Holland and then returned to Willamette to graduate Cum Laude in 1998. After law school, he practiced intellectual property, securities and finance law at an established Portland law firm for almost three years. Through representation of new technology, entrepreneurs and inventors, the insane demand created by the Internet “boom” and a healthy measure of initiative, Ralph gained extensive experience with the nuts and bolts of practicing law. Ralph left to commit his energy to build upon his pro bono endeavors and progressive causes and founded the Crag Law Center.

Ralph is a member of the Oregon and Washington State Bars. He is admitted to practice in the Federal District of Oregon, the Western District of Washington and the Eastern District of Washington. Ralph has developed a specialty in public lands and natural resources law and has worked with dozens of clients throughout the Pacific Northwest since Crag’s founding.

 

Courtney Johnson – Staff Attorney, Operations Director

Tel:  (503) 525-2728

Courtney received her JD with a certificate in environmental and natural resources law from Lewis & Clark Law School in Portland.  While in her first year of study, she interned with the Crag Law Center.  As a law student, Courtney interned in the Office of Compliance and Enforcement at the Oregon Department of Environmental Quality (DEQ) and San Francisco Baykeeper.  Before joining Crag, Courtney clerked for a district court judge in Ketchikan, Alaska.  While there, Courtney enjoyed the wilds of Alaska and its incredible wildlife by sea kayaking, hiking and snowshoeing.

Courtney joined the Crag Law Center in 2008 and focuses her energy on the Coastal Law Project.  Much of her work at Crag has focused on protecting the health of coastal rivers, from gravel mining in the rivers of the south coast, including the Chetco and the Rogue, to addressing proposals for fossil fuel exports along the Columbia at Astoria. Courtney is a published author on topics of climate change adaptation and marine spatial planning.  Courtney enjoys working with coastal residents to help develop their communities for lasting and sustainable economic and environmental health.

When she is not working, Courtney enjoys spending time with her husband and dog on the beaches and rivers and in the mountains of Oregon, hiking, skiing, kayaking, biking and surfing.  She also keeps busy with her home garden, cooking, reading and traveling.

 

Maura Fahey AttorneyMaura Fahey – Staff Attorney

Tel: (503) 525-2722

Maura received a B.A. in sociology, with a minor in political science, from the University of Colorado at Boulder. She earned her JD from Lewis & Clark Law School, with a certificate in environmental and natural resources law, in 2013. During her first summer of law school, Maura studied international law in India. She later interned with Crag Law Center during her second summer and third year. Maura also gained experience through work with the Northwest Environmental Defense Center and Earthrise Law Center. Upon graduating, she was awarded the Environmental Leadership Award and membership in Lewis & Clark’s Cornelius Honor Society.

Maura joined the Crag Law Center staff in October 2013 as a legal fellow. Her docket includes a variety of work including land use challenges in Oregon and Washington, Clean Water Act enforcement and federal public lands law. Maura is a member of the Oregon and Washington state bars and is admitted to practice in the U.S. District of Oregon and the Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals.  She serves on the Executive Committee of the Environmental & Natural Resources Section of the Oregon State Bar.

In her free time, Maura enjoys skiing, hiking, backpacking, running, and exploring all the wonder the Pacific Northwest has to offer.

 

Oliver Stiefel – Staff Attorney

Tel:  (503) 227-2212

Born and raised in Portland, Oregon, Oliver joined Crag as a Legal Fellow in 2013. Oliver’s work focuses on public lands management and fish and wildlife conservation in Oregon and Southeast Alaska. His docket primarily consists of forests and fisheries issues under the National Environmental Policy Act, Endangered Species Act, and National Forest Management Act. He is admitted to practice in Oregon Federal District Court and the Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals.

Oliver holds a B.A. in Anthropology from Whitman College in Walla Walla, Washington, and received his J.D. from the University of Washington School of Law. During law school, Oliver served as an editor on the Washington Law Review, and worked for the Washington House of Representatives, Judge Joel Penoyar of the Washington Court of Appeals, and the Washington Forest Law Center.

Outside of work, Oliver enjoys spending time with his wife; together they like to backpack, cook, fly fish, kayak, travel, trail run, snowboard, and spend time with family.

 

Suzanne Savell – Suzanne Savell Development Development Director

Tel. (503) 525-2724

Suzanne hails from the mountains of East Tennessee, where as a kid she hiked nearly every trail of the Great Smoky Mountains National Park with her family. She received a BA from Warren Wilson College and holds a Masters Degree in Appalachian Studies from Appalachian State University.  Her research emphasis was asset-based community development in rural, mountain communities, and she conducted research in the mining valleys of Southern Wales and in Ashe County, NC.

Suzanne has spent much of her life working on social and environmental justice issues. She worked at Appalshop, a non-profit media, arts and education center based in Whitesburg, KY.  She directed Appalshop’s Traditional Music Program, and organized cultural arts education programs across Appalachia’s coal mining communities.  During her time in Eastern Kentucky she became involved in the movement to challenge mountaintop removal coal mining practices and lobbied for better oversight and enforcement of the coal mining industry, including mine safety.

Suzanne came to Portland through her involvement with old time music. Since moving to Portland she has served on the Board of Directors of Bubbaville, a non-profit that supports traditional music and dance in the Portland area and organizes the annual Portland Old Time Music Gathering.  Musically, culturally and geographically, she feels a deep connection between the Pacific Northwest and her Appalachian homeland, and enjoys exploring the region with her dog, Bella. Before joining Crag full-time, Suzanne worked as an Arts Integration Facilitator for The Right Brain Initiative. In her free time, she enjoys exploring the wilds of the Pacific Northwest, gardening, cooking and playing banjo.

 

Carrie Clore – Development Assistant

Tel. (503) 525-2724 Carrie Clore Development

Carrie received a Bachelor of Fine Arts in Art Practices and a Minor in Writing from Portland State University. She first learned and became passionate about environmental advocacy while completing her Senior Capstone—Grant Writing for Environmental Advocacy. Carrie was awarded a Diversity Outreach Opportunity Grant through the Portland State University School of Art & Design. As a result, she was able to partner with Groundwork Portland to share the principles of environmental advocacy while facilitating a public art project with the students of Rosi Hinton High. She has over seven years experience working as a community relations manager for a specialty retailer and ten years experience working in the outdoor recreational industry.

 

Read the 2016 Crag Staff Interviews by Jordan Bollmann

Carrie Clore: The Midwestern Artist Gone Rogue

Carrie joined Crag's Development and Communications team in February 2016. She is a graduate of Portland State University with her Bachelor’s Degree of Fine Arts in Art Practices. She has completed a minor in writing and is experienced with memoir, poetry, and grant...

Ralph Bloemers: The Reflective Dutch Father

Ralph Bloemers is both co-founder and co-executive director of Crag Law Center. He is originally from Holland and grew up in Virginia. He is a graduate of University of Colorado at Boulder, where he studied political science. He obtained his law degree at Willamette Law School.

Oliver Stiefel: The Oregonian Returning Home

Oliver joined Crag as a legal fellow in 2013 and is now a staff attorney.  Born and raised in Portland, Oregon, Oliver graduated from Whitman College with a degree in anthropology and acquired his law degree from the University of Washington.  Before Crag, Oliver...

Maura Fahey: The Avid Adventurer

Maura Fahey has been an attorney with Crag Law Center for nearly three years. She is a native of Minnesota and has studied political science, sociology, and international and environmental law. She is a graduate of Lewis & Clark Law School and the University of Colorado at Boulder.

Chris Winter: The Rebel Rock-Climber

Chris Winter is co-executive director and co-founder of Crag Law Center. He is originally from Washington, but spent much of his childhood in the Eastern US. He is a graduate of Cornell University and University of Michigan Law School.

Courtney Johnson: Not Just Any Job

Courtney Johnson was born and raised in Northern California, and is a graduate of Wesleyan University and Lewis & Clark Law School. She has been an attorney with Crag Law Center since 2008; other than Ralph and Chris, Courtney has been with Crag the longest of the...

Suzanne Savell: Appalachian Raised

Suzanne Savell is the Development Director at Crag Law Center. She is from Eastern Tennessee and is a graduate of Warren Wilson College, from which she holds a Bachelor’s Degree. She also has a Master’s Degree in Appalachian Studies from Appalachian State University....