Ricky Armendariz

2024 Summer Associate

Pronouns: he/him/his

Education: Undergraduate: BA in Global Studies with an emphasis on the environment, Arizona State University. Law School: J.D. Candidate (rising 3L) at Lewis & Clark Law School, working toward certificates in environmental and energy law.

Hometown: Phoenix, Arizona originally, but I have lived in Portland since 2009, so it’s basically my hometown now.

What brought you to Crag? My very first week as a 1L at Lewis & Clark Law School, I met Crag Executive Director Courtney Johnson, when she spoke to my class about legal ethics. A few weeks later, I was introduced to Associate Attorney Rebeka Dawit at NEDC’s Westwind retreat. After attending Courtney and Rebeka’s presentation on Crag’s environmental justice initiatives there, I knew I wanted to be part of their important work and put a reminder on my calendar for when the Summer Associate applications would be open! I am so excited to finally be a part of the club!

What are your environmental/legal interests? My passion for environmental and energy law is rooted in my desire to contribute to a just renewable energy transition, especially for communities and groups disproportionately impacted by climate change. While it’s not a focus of my legal studies, I also love learning about the ecology of old growth forests.

What will your work focus on while at Crag? This summer, I will be working closely with Associate Attorney Rebeka Dawit and other Crag attorneys on environmental justice litigation, policy, and legislative opportunities.

Favorite places to recreate or be in nature: While I miss my hikes in the Sonoran Desert in Arizona, I love exploring (or literally getting lost in) Hoyt Arboretum and Forest Park in Portland.

Hobbies: Now that it’s summer and I’m allowed to have hobbies again… I love to bake cookies, sing, attend outdoor concerts, and explore new coffee shops on a quest to find the perfect scone. I also appreciate a sunshine-filled morning stroll with my dog, Teddy.

Favorite Quote: “Sero arbores quae alteri seculo prosint.”
(translated from Latin: “I plant trees for the benefit of later generations.”)
– John Quincy Adams (adapted from Caecilius Statius as quoted by Cicero)

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