We are excited to welcome Ashley White to the ELAW office for the summer. She will be working with our lawyers and scientists for the next few months, helping on a variety of research projects. Ashley was recently awarded an Oregon State Bar Public Honors Fellowship for her work with ELAW this summer.
I asked Ashley “Why did you want to spend your summer volunteering at ELAW?”and she responded with this eloquent description of why she is here and what she is doing:
I am a third year student at Willamette University College of Law, and am in the process of completing a certificate in International & Comparative Law. As a law student interested in contemporary global environmental issues, a summer legal internship with ELAW seemed like a perfect fit. I wanted to spend my summer further developing practical legal skills that I could apply in a future career, ideally for a public interest organization dedicated to international development, human rights, and environmental compliance. ELAW encompasses all of this, and more!
Within the first three weeks, I had the opportunity to complete research projects involving diverse environmental issues in Papua New Guinea, Ghana, Peru, and Taiwan. Already, my internship with ELAW surpassed all of my expectations. It is such an enriching opportunity to assist a devoted network of advocates throughout the world whom are working together to achieve the same goal in advancing environmental responsibility. I could not have asked for a more rewarding summer experience.
We are all thrilled to have Ashley here working with us. She has agreed to write blog posts about her work this summer, so stay tuned!
Rita Radostitz Outreach Director