Global Environmental Democracy Project
Preparing students to be advocates for global change
The Global Environmental Democracy Project explores the principles of public participation, freedom of information, and access to the judicial system and how those principles play out when confronting international environmental problems. Faculty leaders are John Bonine and Mary Wood.
Brandon Gerstle grew up in Southern California, where he learned to surf and discovered an affinity for the coastal settings. In 2008, he obtained a bachelor's degree in finance and began working as a financial analyst. After his first year of law school, Brandon interned with Judge Paula Brownhill in Astoria Or., where he worked on a broad range of legal issues. During his second year, he served as a staff editor for the Journal of Environmental Law and Litigation, research assistant for Professor Mary Wood, and extern at the Environmental Law Alliance Worldwide, an international environmental and human-rights nonprofit. Brandon spent this past summer in Nebraska working on energy policy issues as a fellow at the Center for Rural Affairs, a rural advocacy group. He looks forward to continuing his work applying economic principles to environmental challenges.
Erin Jackson is a second-year law student interested in a variety of environmental and land use issues. Combining her interests in public policy and the environment, Erin earned degrees in Political Science and Communication and a minor in Environmental Studies from Western Washington University. The summer after her 1L year, she worked for the Environmental Protection Information Center (EPIC), an environmental nonprofit, in Arcata, CA. Her work included substantial research on imperiled salmon populations and NEPA analysis of a significant highway widening project in Northern California. In her free time, Erin enjoys hiking, kayaking, cooking, watching football, and playing with her Corgi, Lizzie.
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