Volunteers

Fall/ Winter Associates

2019

Jordan Lee

Name: Jordan Lee

 

School: Lewis & Clark Law School

 

Hometown: Ithaca, New York

 

What 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 Park

 

Favorite book: The Martian by Andy Weir

 

Favorite quote: We humans have the ability to see beyond our species, and that ability confers a responsibility.” – William McDonough

 

 

Scott Sheppard

Name: Scott Sheppard

 

School: University of Denver

 

Hometown: Portland, Oregon

 

What 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 Oregon 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 in 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 King

 

Favorite 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

 

 

Cooper Rodgers

Name: Cooper Rodgers

 

School: Lewis and Clark Law

 

Hometown: Agoura Hills, California

 

What 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 groves

 

Favorite book: Neuromancer by William Gibson

 

Favorite quote: “Buy the ticket, take the ride” – Hunter S. Thompson

 

 

Hans Atteberry

Name: Hans Atteberry

 

School: University of Oregon

 

Hometown: Portland, Oregon

 

What brought you to Crag?: While preparing for an 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. Corey

 

Favorite quote: “Don’t burn your opportunities for a temporary comfort.”

2018

Name: Tayt Weingarten

School: Lewis and Clark Law School

Hometown: Portland, Oregon

What 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 Woolf

Favorite quote: “We delight in the beauty of the butterfly, but rarely admit the changes it has gone through to achieve that beauty.” –Maya Angelou

2015

2015 Legal Extern



Name: Sona Mohnot

 Education: LL.M in Environmental and Natural Resources Law from Lewis & Clark Law School

Hometown: New Orleans

What 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 law

Favorite place in the PNW?: San Juan Island

Favorite book: Catch-22

Favorite 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

2013

Name: Kara Tebeau

School: Lewis & Clark Law School

Hometown: Olympia, WA

What 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 Prince

Favorite quote: When we tug at a single thing in nature, we find it attached to the rest of the world. – John Muir

Duration: 2013 – 2015

2012

Sarah Deans

Name: Sarah Deans

School: Vermont Law School

Hometown: 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 a higher quality work product.

What are your legal interests?: The Clean Water Act and conservation easements

Favorite 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 Pullman

Favorite quote: “The man who does not read has no advantage over the man who cannot.” –Mark Twain

 

Max Brunke

Name: Max Brunke

School: Vermont Law School

Hometown: Portland, Oregon

What brought you to Crag?: I entered 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 Environment

Favorite place in the Pacific NW: 45.939094, -123.990758

Favorite quote: “There are some who can live without wild things and some who cannot.” – Aldo Leopold

 

Derek Mills

Name: Derek Mills

School: Lewis & Clark Law School

Hometown: Chandler, AZ

What 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 a 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 Mintz

Name: Greg Mintz

School: University of California, Irvine School of Law

Hometown: Portland, Oregon

What 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

2010

Jordana Jusidman

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.

Interns

2020

 

Emily Klickman

Name: Emily Klickman
Education/Professional Background: BA in History. Enrolled in MSL program at Lewis and Clark Law School
Hometown: Chehalis, WA
What brought you to Crag?: Through an internship program at Lewis and Clark, I was paired with Crag.
What are your environmental/legal interests?: Protection of the marine environment and environmental policy
What work will I be doing at Crag? My work will focus mostly on forest fire and waters management but I will also try to build experience in communication and development along with any other opportunities presented to me.
Favorite place to recreate or be in nature?: Balboa Park
Favorite book?: Pilgrims of the Wild by Grey Owl
Favorite quote?: “Success is no accident. It is hard work, perseverance, learning, studying, sacrifice, and most of all, love of what you are doing or learning to do.” Pele

 

 

 

 

 

Kara Parker

Name: Kara Parker
Education/Professional Background: B.S. Biology, UW. Graduate Certificate in Sustainability, Portland State University.
Hometown: Edmonds, Washington
What brought you to crag?: I greatly appreciate the work that Crag does to help protect our environment and I hope to be able to contribute as a lawyer someday! Until then, I want to support Crag’s initiatives in the ways that I can.
What are your environmental/legal interests?: Energy Law, Public Land Conservation, Native American Law
What will your work focus on while at Crag?: Event planning, fundraising, updating cases on the website and research into current cases.
Favorite place to recreate or be in nature: Climbing in the Cascades
Favorite book: Catch 22, Joseph Heller
Favorite quotes:  “Instructions for living a life. Pay attention. Be astonished. Tell about it.” – Mary Oliver
“Mountains are the promise of new perspectives beyond the vision of natural sight” – Joe Simpson

 

 

2019

Patricia A. Donohue

Name: Patricia A. Donohue

Education/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. Helens

Favorite 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

 

Kiersten Gilbert

Name: Kiersten Gilbert

School: Oregon State University, Degree: Environmental Science

Hometown: Hillsboro, Oregon

What brought you to Crag?: I just graduated from OSU with 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 Strayed

Favorite quote: Life is either a daring adventure or nothing at all” ~Hellen Keller

 

Lyla Boyajian

Name: Lyla Boyajian

School: Reed College

Hometown: Chichester, NH

What 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 justice

Favorite place to recreate or be in nature: In the White Mountains, right around treeline during blueberry season Favorite book: Cat’s Cradle by Kurt Vonnegut
Favorite quote: “Podrán cortar todas las flores, pero no podrán detener la primavera” – Pablo Neruda

Natalie Whitesel

 

Name: Natalie Whitesel

School: Whitman College

Hometown: Brush Prairie, WA

What brought you to Crag?: I have always been passionate about the environment and have come to understand the need to have organization’s that fight for it, as it can’t fight for itself. Crag’s aim to provide legal aid to the environment, is unique and exciting for anyone who recognizes the value of a thriving environment. Interning at Crag gives me the chance to explore the legal field through an environmental lens, and to gain experience in the field that I am so passionate about!

What are your environmental/legal interests?: My environmental and legal interests converge in environmental policy development. I hope to help develop policy that promotes a healthy relationship between humans and the environment, and leads us away from exploitation and over-consumption.

What will your work focus on while at Crag?: This summer, I will be working on a number of different projects; including issues with Oregon forests and water laws, forest fires and Climate Change, and the proposed Jordan Cove Energy Project.

Favorite place to recreate or be in nature: I love the ocean, so I’d have to say someplace tropical like Costa Rica, but I’m also a PNW’er at heart and love spending time in the Columbia Gorge.

Favorite books: The Glass Castle by Jeannette Walls and Heart of Darkness by Joseph Conrad

Favorite quote: “If you laugh, you think, and you cry, that’s a full day. That’s a heck of a day. You do that seven days a week, you’re going to have something special.” – Jim Valvano

2018

Tayt Weingarten

Name: Tayt Weingarten

School: Lewis and Clark Law School

Hometown: Portland, Oregon

What 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 Woolf

Favorite 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

Anura Sawkar

Name: Anura Sawkar

What 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 waterways

Favorite 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

2016

Linda-Jue-outdoorsName: Linda Jue

Education/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, CA

What 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 Peace

Favorite 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

 

 

Name: David Edelman
School: Catlin Gabel School
Hometown: Right here in Portland
What 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 Pullman
Favorite 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

2015


Name: Kady J. Tucker

Education: BA in Political Science from UC Santa Barbara

Hometown: Carmel Valley/Laguna Beach, California

What 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 Kundera

Favorite 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


2014

Name: Sean Galvin

School: University of Portland

Hometown: Anchorage, AK

What 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 Card

Favorite 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

2012

Summer Interns 2012

 

Name: Erica Hetzel
School: Virginia Tech
Hometown: 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)

2009

Name: David Kinsella
School: University of Portland Spring 2009, 1L Stanford Law School Fall 2009
Hometown: Redmond, WA
What 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”

2008

Name: Alexandra Saavedra
School: Santa Clara University
Hometown: Lima, Peru and Portland, Oregon
What 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

2007

Name: Kris Russell
School: Reed College
Hometown: Easton, CT and Scottsdale, AZ
What 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 Halladay
School: Catlin Gabel School
Hometown: Tigard, OR
What 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 Rights
Favorite pastime: Football, baseball, and racquetball
Favorite place in the Pacific NW: Oregon Coast
Favorite 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

 

Summer Associates

2019

Marli Telaulked Klass

Name: Marli Telaulked Klass

School: Lewis & Clark Law School

Hometown: Ollei, Palau

What 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 Westover

Favorite 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 

 

Matt DePaolis

Name: Matthew DePaolis

School: University of Oregon

Hometown: Appleton, WI

What 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 Management

What 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 Cascades

Favorite books: Lila by Robert M. Pirsig, The Phantom Tollbooth by Norton Juster

Favorite quote: The sea, once it casts its spell, holds one in its net of wonder forever.” – Jacques Cousteau

 

Teryn Yazdani

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 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 

2018

Catherine Rocchi

Name: Catherine Rocchi

School: Dartmouth College

Hometown: Harrison, NY

What 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 reform

Favorite 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 Duncan

Favorite 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 Shaw

 

Kingsly McConnell

Name: Kingsly McConnell

School: University of Washington School of Law

Hometown: Boca Raton, Florida

What 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.

 

Rebeka Dawit

Name: Rebeka Dawit

School: Lewis and Clark Law School

Hometown:  San Jose, California

What 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 Tutu

Favorite 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 Gill

 

Jack Spaeth

Name: Jack Spaeth

School: St. Cloud State University

Hometown: Montevideo, Minnesota

What 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 preservation

Favorite place to recreate: The Boundary Waters Canoe Area

Favorite book: Death and Life of Great American Cities by Jane Jacobs

Favorite quote: “Wealth consists in not having great possessions, but in having few wants” – Epictetus

2017

Name: Ka’sha Bernard

School: Notre Dame Law School

Hometown: New Orleans, Louisiana

What 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 Evil

Favorite quote: “Keep moving forward.”

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Name: Jennifer Calkins

School: University of Washington, School of Law

Hometown: Seattle, Washington

What 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, Oregon

Favorite book: Rings of Saturn by W.G. Sebald, Citizen by Claudia Rankine

Favorite quote: “We tell ourselves stories in order to live.”–Joan Didion

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Name: Rachel Meche

School: B.A. University of Texas at Austin; J.D. Candidate Vermont Law School

Hometown: New Braunfels, Texas

What 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

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Name: Mark Tuai

School: Lewis & Clark Law School

Hometown: Walnut, California

What 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 King

Favorite quote: “Practice, how am I supposed to make my team better with practice?”–Allen Iverson

2016

Jaclyn Hise

Name: Jaclyn Hise

School: University of Oregon Law School

Hometown: Big Spring, Texas

What 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!”

 

Sid Hariharan

Name: Sid Hariharan

School: Willamette University College of Law

Hometown: Oakville, ON, Canada

What Brought you to Crag?: After taking a land use class in law school, I gained great interest in the Oregon land use system. Crag