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.
Ashley Carter is a native of Long Island, NY who ventured out to Oregon to study environmental law. Prior to law school, she studied moral philosophy as an undergraduate at Yale University and, after graduating in 2010, narrowed that concentration to environmental ethics while participating in Yale’s Bioethics Internship Program. While in law school, Ashley has concentrated on environmental law and civil enforcement in the government sector. In her first year, she was honored to be a part of the Global Environmental Democracy Project as a Dean’s Distinguished Environmental Law Fellow. After her first year, Ashley worked at the Oregon Department of Justice’s Child Advocacy Section. During her second year, she continued to work in Child Advocacy in addition to tutoring for the Legal Research and Writing Program in the fall and playing basketball in the early mornings with the Legal Basketball Association. In the spring of her second year, she took a brief break from the Oregon DOJ to extern at the U.S. Department of Justice’s Environmental Enforcement Section. During this externship, Ashley determined she wanted to focus her third year on environmental justice. She is happy for the opportunity to do this as a part Global Environmental Democracy Project again.
Nicole Budine is a second year law student, originally from upstate New York. She learned early in life the importance of a healthy environment, and chose to pursue a career in environmental law after witnessing the impacts of pollution from factories in New York and natural gas extraction in Pennsylvania. She graduated from St. John’s University with a degree in Biology and minors in Environmental Science and Chemistry. Outside of law school, Nicole enjoys nature photography, hiking, and seeing as much of the world as possible.
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