Summer Associate - 2020
Name: Chris Killmer
Education/Professional Background: Willamette University College of Law. Prior to attending law school I worked at Catholic Charities Immigration Legal Services and later at Immigration Counseling Service. At both organizations I managed a program that provided wrap-around social and legal services to foreign-born survivors of human trafficking.
Hometown: I am originally from St. Louis Missouri but spent all four years of high school living in Beijing China.
What brought you to Crag?: As Willamette University’s Edward J. Sullivan Land Use Fellow I am lucky to have been placed at Crag where I will gain practical experience applying land use law to environmental litigation.
What are your environmental/legal interests?: I am strongly interested in land use law because it touches upon so many legal areas. I am interested in litigation that helps to ensure responsible urban growth and preserve natural areas for future generations to enjoy. I enjoy appellate advocacy and land use law provides a great opportunity to gain experience in appellate practice.
What work will I be doing at Crag?: I will be focused on a variety of land use cases but Crag is a wonderfully collaborative environment so I am looking forward to gaining exposure to other areas of law including Crag’s federal environmental litigation.
Favorite place to recreate or be in nature?: The Trinity Alps in northern California and the North Cascades in northern Washington.
Favorite book?: All Time: Desert Solitaire – Edward Abby. Recently: The Names of The Stars: A Life In The Wilds – Pete Fromm
Favorite quote?: “The mountains are calling and I must go, and I will work on while I can, studying incessantly.” – John Muir