Advocate n. 1. One that argues for a cause; a supporter or defender: an advocate of civil rights. 2. One that pleads in another’s behalf; an intercessor: advocates for abused children and spouses. 3. A lawyer.
Mission: Advocate for and support, through direct action and the law, communities’ efforts toward environmental justice.
EJA is a Lewis & Clark Law School student group that supports and advocates for communities’ efforts toward environmental justice through direct action and the law. EJA partners with and assists local individuals and entities whose communities are disproportionately impacted by (or in danger of being impacted by) environmental degradation. The group works to educate the Lewis & Clark community about local, national, and international environmental justice issues through a major conference, speakers, community tours, and projects in order to provide better service to community partners and prepare interested students to pursue environmental justice in their chosen careers.
EJA is and always has been student-driven. The group was established by a few students in 2000. Since then, EJA has been actively involved in air quality testing and community building in Northeast Portland, provided legal assistance to neighborhood organizations facing freeway expansion along the I-5 corridor, and supported union efforts to prevent farm worker exposure to toxic fumes. [Projects] In addition, the group worked with law faculty, especially the environmental and natural resource law faculty, to integrate environmental justice tenets into Lewis & Clark’s existing curriculum. They have successfully lobbied for adjunct professors to teach an environmental justice survey course and a seminar class to be taught once a year.[Academics]. In 2006 and 2007, the group organized two Environmental Justice Conferences, which drew a long list of local and statewide activists, government workers, and community organizers as well as students.
EJA continues its academic and activist efforts. The group is involved especially with Northeast Portland communities, and is also working on increasing scholarly and practical learning opportunities through Lewis & Clark Law School. The group regularly partners with other student groups to bring speakers to campus, sponsor events, and work on projects of joint interest.
President: Anna Gulotta
(2L; from Virginia; works on air toxics issues with EJA; summer 2011 worked at California Rural Legal Assistance in Fresno, CA; loves everything about EJA)
- Treasurer: Jared Franz
(2L; from Utah; works on transit issues for EJA; summer 2011 was Transit Justice Legal Intern at OPAL Environmental Justice Oregon; loves that EJA really work at the intersection between civil rights and transportation policy [specifically, the significant ways in which the decisions we make about transportation both create and perpetuate segregation, economic inequality and environmental harm])
- Secretary: Torie Jarvis
(2L; from Alabama; works on mountaintop removal mining and brownfields issues for EJA; summer 2011 worked for the Columbia River Intertribal Fish Commission and did research on pesticide issues and the Columbia River; loves EJA’s way of fostering new projects and ideas of helping communities in need via environmental and civil advocacy)
- Webmistress/Outreach: Liv Brumfield
(2L; from Virginia; works on brownfields, food justice, and CRC issues for EJA; summer 2011 worked for Columbia Riverkeeper and continued work on ongoing EJA/OPAL projects regarding brownfields and the Columbia River Crossing; loves that EJA gives students a way to get hands-on experience working with real people, real issues, and real potential for change)
2010-2011 EJA Executive Team
- President: Zachary Pedrazzi
- Treasurer: Sarah Danley
- Inclusionary Zoning Coordinators: Zachary Pedrazzi, Melissa Lineberger
- Farmworker Coordinator: Betsy Mas
- Hayden Island Livability Project (HILP) Coordinator: Erin Fauerbach
- Columbia River Crossing Coordinator: Liv Brumfield
- Air Toxics & Pesticides Coordinator: Anna Marie Gulotta
- Brownfields Coordinator: Liv Brumfield
- Transit Justice Coordinator: Jared Franz
2008-2009 EJA Board Members
Casey Barnard (3L)
Duncan Delano (2L)
Jason Hirano (2L)
Robin McGinnis (2L)
Matt Moore (2L)
Mitch Tsai (2L)
Michelle Watchman (2L)
Jessie Wiles (2L)
Meredith Younghein (3L)
Casey Barnard & Meredith Younghein
Jamie Magdovitz & Kate Stebbins