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Environmental and Natural Resources Law

Oceans, Coasts, and Watersheds Project

Engaging the law to promote sustainability for ocean, coastal, and freshwater resources

Building on the law school's rich heritage in both ocean and coastal law and water law, the Ocean, Coasts, and Watersheds Project explores cutting-edge issues in both marine and freshwater environments. Faculty leaders are Adell Amos and Richard Hildreth.

OCWP Fellows

Untitled1Adam Walters grew up in western New York State and received his bachelor's degrees in International Relations and Spanish from Canisius College in Buffalo.  Before law school, he was a Fulbright Scholar in Peru and an AmeriCorps volunteer in Pittsburgh.  Adam interned with Trustees for Alaska following his 1L year, and the Army Corps of Engineers' Portland District Office of Counsel after his 2L year.



MargaretTownsendMargaret (Meg) Townsend is a third year law student studying environmental law.  This is Meg’s third year as an ENR Fellow.  As a 1L , Meg was the 2011-2012 recipient of the Chapin Clark Fellowship working on the Oceans, Coasts, and Watersheds Project. As a 2L, she served as a fellow on the Native Environmental Sovereignty Project.  Originally from Michigan, Meg earned her bachelor’s degree in Political Science from the University of Colorado and studied with minor emphasis in Environmental Studies and Psychology. In 2011, Margaret was asked to represent the interests of Michigan groups concerned about the consequences of hard rock mining in the Upper Peninsula of Michigan. Margaret traveled to London to speak at the Rio Tinto Annual General Meeting. While in London, Margaret sat on a panel at Amnesty International addressing Rio Tinto’s activity in the United States, and she also met with foreign officials to inform them of how of Rio Tinto’s mining efforts in Michigan will adversely affect the Great Lakes, the native population of Coaster Brook Trout, and the ability of local tribes to worship on federally ceded land. You can watch her presentation at http://vimeo.com/23847956.  Meg has spent both of her law school summers working for local public interest environmental law firms in Eugene — at Cascadia Wildlands and WELC, respectively — helping to protect the West’s natural resources through litigation.  In addition to her work, Meg enjoys fly fishing, backpacking, camping, canoeing, and hiking with her dog Willow.

KristinaSchmunkKristina Kraaz is second year law student at University of Oregon School of Law and native Oregonian, having grown up in the Eugene-Springfield area.  This is her second year as an ENR fellow on the Oceans Coasts and Watersheds Project.  Kristina graduated summa cum laude from Oregon State University with an Honors Bachelor of Science in Environmental Engineering.  During college, she worked as an engineering intern with the Eugene Water and Electric Board as a research assistant at the EPA’s Western Ecology Division in Corvallis and as a College of Engineering student ambassador.  Kristina completed two engineering capstone design projects at Oregon State in topics related to wastewater treatment, as well as an honors thesis on the topic of recruiting women to engineering fields.  Her engineering education has provided her with a strong technical background in water and wastewater treatment processes, fate and transport of pollutants in the environment, and hydrology. This past summer, Kristina clerked for the Honorable Rives Kistler of the Oregon Supreme Court in Salem.  In looking forward, Kristina plans to pursue a career in water policy, combining her legal and engineering education to develop sustainable solutions for the water challenges facing the Western US. 

JillRandolphJill Randolph is a first year law student and the 2012-2013 recipient of the Chapin Clark Fellowship. Born and raised in Boise, Idaho, Jill graduated from the University of Idaho with a degree in International Relations focus Western Europe. While at the University of Idaho, Jill was vice president of the university’s chapter of Amnesty International and a head delegate for the university’s Model United Nations delegation that travelled to NYC to compete in an international mock UN session. Since graduating, Jill has interned for US Senator James Risch (R-ID) in his Washington, D.C. office where she learned the continued importance of natural resource policy and law in the every day life of every American. Growing up with her father working for Idaho Power as head of environmental affairs, Jill heard about water issues and how local, state, federal, and tribal leadership interacted with water and each other and fostered in Jill an interest in natural resource law. She is excited to be a part of the Oceans, Coasts, and Watersheds Project as a fellow.

DominiqueRossiDominique Rossi is a 3L at the University of Oregon School of Law whose research is focused on ocean acidification.  Her work in this field began in 2010 as a marine climate change intern at the Alaska SeaLife Center.  In this position, she surveyed people from various demographics to develop effective methods for explaining ocean acidification and general climate change in an apolitical context.  The findings of her research, titled “Public Attitudes Towards Climate Change,” were presented at the 2011 Alaska Marine Science Symposium.  While in law school, Dominique has shifted her focus to determine how ocean acidification can be addressed within a legal framework.  As a 2L research assistant for the University of Oregon School of Law Ocean and Coastal Center, she explored international treaties relevant to preserving the oceans.  Additionally, she researched addressing national impacts through listing coral species under the Endangered Species Act.  In 2013, she organized a panel for the Public Interest Environmental Law Conference that included scientists and policymakers who engaged the public regarding the scale of the problem and possible solutions.  Her goal as an ENR fellow is to develop an Oregon policy manual outlining state laws that are relevant to ocean acidification mitigation and adaption strategies.  You can follow her ocean acidification blog at http://oceanacidificationlaw.wordpress.com

EricTrottaEric Trotta is a first year law student and recipient of the Dean's Distinguished Environmental Law Fellowship. Eric recently graduated from the University of Florida in Gainesville, Florida with a BS in English. While at the University of Florida, Eric was a member of the Varsity Men’s Swim Team and was named to the SEC Freshman Academic Honor Roll his freshman year. Eric was born and raised in Ft. Lauderdale, Florida and developed an intense love for the water by fishing the lakes near his home and diving the coral reefs of South Florida. He was drawn to Water Law after an intense drought caused the world-class bass fishing lakes surrounding Gainesville to nearly disappear during his time at the University of Florida. Outside of law school, Eric enjoys exploring his new surroundings in Oregon as well as fly fishing Oregon’s rivers and streams.

VictoriaWilderTori Wilder is a first-year fellow in the Oceans Coasts and Watersheds Project. Growing up in Virginia in the Chesapeake Bay watershed, she developed an interest the environmental impacts of human activity on the bay. Tori studied philosophy at the University of Mary Washington in Fredericksburg, Virginia, and completed an undergraduate thesis on environmental ethics. During a study abroad, she had the opportunity to study sustainability in South Africa. This included research in the biodiversity of endemic ecosystems, wildlife management, and outcomes of the UN climate change conference in Durban. After graduating in 2012, Tori volunteered at a Legal Aid organization and interned at a conservation consulting company, where she researched environmental issues including natural gas fracking and endangered species conservation. She made her way from Virginia to Oregon on a cross-country road trip, on which she explored Arches, Grand Teton, and Yellowstone National Parks. She enjoys swimming, hiking and photography.


Summary Sheet

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Related Links

Ocean and Coastal Law Center

Past OCW Events and Publications

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