October 17, 2012
Columbia University, B.A. in Astrophysics
I have always been interested in wildlife preservation and energy conservation, but my interest in international environmental issues increased when I volunteered in Greece to protect sea turtles and their habitats. Although I could make a direct difference to the local turtle population as a hands-on volunteer on the beaches in Crete, I realized that broader efforts are needed for the turtles’ protection on a larger scale. Being an effective advocate in an international environment attracted me to law school. IELP was a major factor in my decision to attend Lewis & Clark, which was the only school that offered an international environmental clinic with real clients. I am extremely excited that IELP offers me the opportunity to both work with and go to the CITES conference to see governments and NGOs on the world stage.