Officers & Representatives
We come from more than 15 different states and represent four countries, but we were all brought together for the greater purpose of serving our fellow students. We support our communities as Little League and soccer coaches, mentors, tutors and AmeriCorps volunteers; we want to be district attorneys and public defenders. We’ve studied political science, environmental issues, sociology, journalism, and history. We have served in the armed forces and established our own non-profits. We speak Farsi, Spanish, Chinese, Korean, and have worked as translators. We are jugglers—and not just of life and law school. We play schleuderball, kickball, and the viola; we salsa and ballroom dance. We love our dogs and collecting antique radios; we are hobby farmers, biologists, and we’ve worked in the Bering Sea, China, and South Korea. We run, bike, and swim triathlons, build model airplanes, knit, and enjoy woodworking.
We are the Lewis & Clark SBA.
Letter of the Law Editor
Prior to attending Lewis and Clark, I was an editor at Aspen Magazine in Aspen, CO for five years. My duties included managing the contributing writers, copy flow, and media production. I was also a feature writer, and wrote stories about community organizations, business profiles, historic biographies, and adventure sports. Most notably, I have worked with Lance Armstrong, Burton Snowboards founder Jake Burton, Oakley’s Seth Morrison, and ESPN’s Sal Masekela. I would like to bring my work experience and personal flavor to the Letter of the Law.
Accessibility Committee Representative
As a law student with a disability, I understand better than most people the importance of having accessibility in the every day things at school, whether they are big or small. I was born blind and have constantly had to advocate for accessibility for myself throughout my work and educational experiences. It can be a challenge to succeed when things aren’t accessible, whether it is as inconsequential as a restroom sign or as important as having textbooks in a readable form. My experiences put me in the perfect position to be your accessibility committee representative. I want to make sure that Lewis and Clark is an accessible place for everyone, no matter who you are and what you would like to see made accessible. Don’t let lack of access hinder your success, vote for me as your accessibility representative!
I will make the voices of the law students heard on the Lewis and Clark campus when it comes to accessibility. I will do my best to ensure that this school is a place where no one’s potential is limited by lack of accessibility on campus.
Budget Committee Representative
In addition to budget management experience (from direct accountability for $25k-$100k budgets to advising a member of the state house on the state’s $13 billion budget), I’ve been effective in group decision-making settings where each member has relatively little power. I’m committed to seeing L&C continue on its path toward being a great school, and I’ll always put that first in my role as student representative to the law school’s budget committee.
- Advocate for and achieve one tangible step towards implementing a performance/outcomes-based budgeting system.
- Advocate for and achieve one tangible step towards greater budget transparency between the law school and the student body.
Vice President of Programming
My name is Amanda and I am from Abita Springs, Louisiana. I attended Louisiana State University where I double-majored in journalism and biology with a minor in photography. I worked for a year at a monthly magazine before packing my bags and moving to the Pacific Northwest. Currently I am an evening student and work full time as a legal assistant at a mid-size firm in SE Portland. I aspire to practice criminal law. Before law school I enjoyed cooking gourmet meals for my friends and reading memoirs. Now in what little free time I have, I like to nuke Annie’s mac-n-cheese and catch up on celebrity gossip magazines.
I am interested in what goes on around campus and am dedicated to getting students involved. I have served on the SBA last year as the accessibility rep and this current year as the Editor-in-Chief of the SBA newsletter, The Fine Print. In these positions I have experience working with other SBA members and giving a voice to the students. I also have an understanding of how the SBA can work to bring events to campus.
My goal is to increase participation of the students, faculty and staff in SBA events and to help unite the school. Law school is extremely stressful so I want to bring programs to campus that will help students alleviate some of that stress.
Board of Trustees Representative
My name is Amira Streeter and my hometown is Gaithersburg, Maryland, a suburban town close to Washington, D.C. I have a BS from Skidmore College with a double major in Environmental Science and Dance and a minor in Studio Art. My hobbies include dance, art, music, movies, sewing, reading, and exploring. A lot of people may not know that my first name is Elizabeth and that I have travelled extensively around the world throughout my life. My current motto is “Keep calm and carry on” - if you work hard and keep a clear head, you usually arrive on top.
My 1L year I was the Purple Pod Rep and made sure I knew every one of my classmates. I addressed their concerns and suggestions for SBA to implement. This year, I was the VP of Programming and I did my best to incorporate school spirit on campus by implementing various events. I know I would be a good representative for the Board of Trustees because I am very active with the student body and I plan on continuing to be so. Not only do I know how SBA works, but I am personable, I am willing to listen, I’m not afraid to speak up as a public speaker, and I’m creative and able to think outside the box to address the issues that face the student body. I love this school and I want to promote it the best way possible.
As Board of Trustees, I will relay what the student body needs and desires to the Board. I don’t want to make any false promises, but I will do my best to represent the study body and to make changes that are within my power as being on the Board of Trustees.
Faculty Appointments Committee Representative
As the former Orientation Director and current student, I see first-hand the significant role that faculty members play in shaping the law school experience. From attracting quality law student candidates, to leaving doors open for impromptu office visits, and to even playing several rounds of poker at a PILP fund-raiser, faculty members are an integral part of forming an academically-fulfilling and collegial law school community. I had the opportunity to interact with faculty members and connect with many students through my positions as Orientation Director and president of APALSA and the Health Law Group. Through these interactions, I hope to contribute the law student perspective to the decision-making process in attracting and selecting faculty candidates that will support the strong academic programs in place, have a vested interest in helping students achieve success, and bolster areas where there are curriculum needs.
As Faculty Appointments Committee SBA Representative, my goals include vigorously advocating for faculty decisions that reflect the interests and needs of the student body and providing different pathways for student input.
Alumni Association Board of Directors Representative
Thank you for taking the time to read this! As you all know, we live in a very small and close-knit community. Lewis & Clark as well as Portland and the larger Pacific Northwest legal communities function on personal relationships that foster supportive professional bonds. It has been great to begin to get to know many of you over the last months and to form what I know will be lifelong friendships! This past year I had the privilege to work with the SBA as a class representative as well as the honor of having a mentor who is very involved on our Alumni Association Board. Through both of these experiences I have come to appreciate the important role that Lewis & Clark alums play in our lives as students and the support that they have to offer as we begin to develop as professionals. As a representative to the Alumni Association Board I would be dedicated to developing this vital relationship between our alumni and student body. We are lucky to have a very passionate Alumni Association, and I would love the opportunity to work with the Board to increase the student accessibility to these outstanding resources!
While Career Services does a fantastic job of hosting alumni networking events, I would hope to create a more accessible relationship between the student body and the Alumni Board by planning events where the Board would have the opportunity to interact directly with students, hear what you have to say, and get even more excited about working with us. I will work to make sure that the student body is kept up to date on the issues that come before the Board, and I will do my best to get feedback from all of you and to articulate your concerns and ideas to the Board.
Vice President of Student Affairs
My name is C.J. Graves and I am from Salem, Oregon. I studied English Lit. and Psychology at the University of Portland. I enjoy coffee roasting, running, reading everything I can get my hands on, exploring new restaurants, and drinking obscene amounts of coffee.
I have enjoyed getting to participate in student government this last year as faculty appointments committee representative, and I think I am particularly well suited to interface with the student body and entering 1L pod representatives. I am also already versed in managing group updates and emails through my work with the Business Law Society on campus, and in notifying students about the visiting candidates for faculty positions. Additionally, having served on the rules committee (and read the by-laws from cover to cover) I have a good idea about the roles of different committee members and leaders, and I would be well-suited to help answer questions as well as provide guidance.
I will try to increase the interactions between the SBA and the student body and attempt to make the SBA more responsive to general student needs. I will also attempt to represent student concerns to the faculty through interactions with them at meetings. Finally, I’m looking forward to increasing, and improving the general community and atmosphere that has always been such a strength of our law school, and look forward to doing that as the vice president of programming.
Student Health and Wellness Representative
I am a Technologist in Chemistry certified by the American Society of Clinical Pathology (in other words, I was one of the people your doctor would send your blood/urine/other body fluids to for clinical testing). I worked at ARUP Laboratories, a national reference laboratory based in Salt Lake City, for nearly five years and was promoted to Senior Technologist II. I believe my experience in the clinical laboratory puts my in a unique position to speak for the student body on the advisory board: I can relate to both the patient and the doctor while understanding the behind-the-scenes work, costs and regulations associated with providing quality patient care.
I am a detail oriented, organized and conscientious person. While I have not yet had the chance to be involved in the SBA I served in student government before and greatly enjoyed the experience. I look forward to the opportunity to get more involved with the SBA and the school community at large.
I would like to continue SBA’s helpful presence on campus including the resources and fun events they provide, as well as maintain good communication with the student body. It’s important that the SBA serve the interests of the entire student body, both day and night students, 1Ls and upperclassmen, and I’d do my best to make sure everyone’s ideas and suggestions are heard.
Faculty Committee Representative
I am an effective communicator. I maintain positive relationships with faculty, and will ensure that the voice of the student body is expressed professionally and comprehensively at faculty meetings. I will reach out to gain a balanced understanding of student positions on relevant issues, and will convey those positions faithfully to the faculty. Likewise, I will communicate to you my understanding of the policy discussions and decisions made at faculty meetings, and their implications for all of us.
My goal is to facilitate effective dialogue between the students and faculty of the law school to ensure outcomes that are productive, reasonable, and mutually beneficial.
Diversity Committee Representative
My name is Gail and I am from Fairbanks, Alaska, though still a Hawaii gal at heart. I have a BA in Psychology from University of British Columbia; an MA in Pacific Rim Studies from Alaska Pacific University, and a PhD in Counselor Education from University of Alaska Fairbanks. I worked around 13 years for the State of Alaska. I enjoy reading, water-coloring, music, and learning new things. Something not many people know about me is that I’m a weekend cowgirl on Mauna Kea. The motto I live by is: “Do no harm.” My goal in SBA is to do my best.
Alumni Association Board of Directors Representative
Bio information to come.
Evening Student Representative
I’m an evening student.
I’d advocate for better lighting by the classrooms and Gantenbein, and a coke machine in Wood Hall.
Faculty Committee Representative
My name is Jay and I was born on the Oregon coast and moved to Portland in high school. A downtown neighborhood named Goose Hollow has been my home for the last 15 years. I graduated from Portland State University in 2008. I chose a career in law to serve as an advocate, and hope to practice in the Portland area. My hobbies are collecting vintage radios, brewing beer, and woodworking.
I am a good fit for this office because of my long experience with SBA and this position in particular. If elected, next year will be my fourth year as an SBA member and second year as a Faculty Committee Representative. With this experience, I understand how to effectively represent students in general and on the Faculty Committee.
As to the Faculty Committee in particular, my goal is to work collaboratively with professors and administrators to further students’ interests. This includes maintaining strong representation and communication between students and the faculty. As to being an SBA member in general, my goal is to continue the great progress and momentum established by the last several administrations—working with fellow members to increase SBA’s contribution to the campus community.
Faculty Appointments Committee Representative
I consider myself a realist in pursuit of practical ideals for the sake of improving the quality of life in a community. With my federal and non-profit work experience in welfare and job placement, I’ve learned how to identify and navigate systematic obstacles between goals and their achievement. I understand the importance of opening every possible avenue in an institution devoted to helping people attain their goals. I believe the faculty members we invite into our community are crucial determinants in opening these avenues for us as students and as future alumni. As the current faculty liaison for the Business Law Society, I have monitored meetings and decision making to better connect our student body with administrative changes that affect us. As your Faculty Appointments Rep., I’ll wield both an understanding of the current practical faculty needs and our student body’s desires for improvement. I am personally very proud of our environmental law prestige and I would like to see future faculty appointments that are consistent with this heritage. In addition, I would like to see faculty appointments that serve to round out our reputation in other areas of the law while serving our immediate career interests. Faculty appointments consistent with these aims will contribute to the credibility and respect for anyone who holds a Juris Doctor from Lewis & Clark Law School, regardless of their area of focus.
As your SBA Rep. on the Faculty Appointments Committee, I will be your advocate in faculty hiring decisions that are consistent with our collective ideals and “real-world” professional interests. I will encourage our decision makers to pursue and hire new faculty with the deliberate purpose to support the expectations you had when you chose to come to Lewis & Clark Law. Together, we can make a real impact in these decisions, not only for our own educational and professional benefit, but also in the form of a legacy for future law students to build upon. Specifically, I intend to be your scout for talent in teaching ability and/or faculty with an active interest and ability to provide students with access to the diverse channels of professional advancement.
The Fine Print Editor
My name is Jennifer Holley and I am currently Editor In Chief of the SBA student newsletter, The Fine Print. I previously served on the SBA and I am familiar with many of the predominant issues affecting the Lewis and Clark law community. I look forward to publishing creative newsletters designed to keep the law school community up to date on news and events around campus and beyond. Please email me if you have an article you want to submit for publication or if you want to become involved with The Fine Print.
Student Health and Wellness Representative
Before attending law school, I worked as a policy aide for U.S. Congressman Kurt Schrader, where my legislative responsibilities provided me with the opportunity to do extensive work in health care policy. I have also worked as a legal intern at Health Share of Oregon, the newly formed coordinated care organization that is at the forefront of Oregon’s effort to transform the way health care is delivered in our state. After reviewing our student health care options (or lack of options), I have questions as to whether or not our student body is receiving the level of care and protection we deserve. Considering the price each student pays for the current student health plan, our student body must be well represented should new health care options be considered in the future. As the Student Heath & Wellness Representative, I will work to make sure our health care dollars are spent in the most efficient and effective manner possible.
Admissions Committee Representative
My name is Joanna Lau. I am from Marshfield, WI (that’s right- home of the world’s largest round barn). Before L&C, I studied Environmental Sciences, Policy and Management at the University of Minnesota in the Twin Cities. My hobbies include exploring cities by bike, hiking, and cooking. Something not many people know about me is that I was once on WNYC’s program Radiolab. I strive to live by the motto, “Take nothing for granted, but be thankful for everything.” My goals in SBA as a Red Pod rep are to foster a greater sense of community within the Red Pod and create meaningful social and stress-relieving activities so that students can remain a healthy, well-rounded person throughout law school.
I have experience handling applications, not in an academic setting, but for service learning alternative break trips (both trip leaders and participants). Based upon applications and in-person interviews, I made decisions about whether or not to accept students for the program. Successful and rewarding alternative break trips hinged in part upon my judgment in reviewing the applicants. Another reason I think I would be a great fit for this office is because of my diverse background in academic and job experiences. I value the importance of a diverse student body, and recognize that students from all walks of life can lend different strengths to the school as a whole.
As an SBA Officer for the Admissions Committee, I would take into account applicants’ nontraditional backgrounds that demonstrate their ambition and potential for success at Lewis & Clark. I would value the opportunity to continually improve the school, and would take my responsibilities seriously.
American Bar Association Law Student Division Representative
My extensive undergraduate background with strong ties to various student organizations will help set me to best represent Lewis & Clark at the 12th Circuit regional meetings and at the ABA law student division’s annual national convention. As an advocate for Lewis & Clark I will use my leadership skills polished by my extensive work with Amnesty International as a student representative. These same traits I will use to best advocate for our school.
My goal is simple, to best represent Lewis & Clark as the chief executive officer of the Lewis & Clark chapter of the American Bar Association. I will do this by attending the 12th Circuit regional meetings and at the ABA law student division’s annual national convention. As well as, take charge of increasing the membership of law students in the ABA by devising different events and initiatives. I will also keep base with the SBA by reporting various concerns and updates, such as better deals for the student body.
Academic Enhancement Committee Representative
I took a non-traditional path to law school, arriving at Lewis and Clark after a career in rabble rousing (read advocacy) and fashion ( read retail). Because of frequent work related detours into part time study, it took me somewhat longer than the expected 4 years to finish undergrad, and I swore I’d avoid the inside of a classroom for the rest of my life. That’s probably why Club Boley is my natural habitat these days. As a foster care kid, nobody expected me to make it into undergrad, not to mention out of it and into law school, and yet, here I am. On a serious note, I believe my background and experience make me uniquely qualified to see beyond the statistics and assess the ‘entire person’ of the applicants to ensure a truly diverse incoming class.
Our school has made a commendable effort to create a truly diverse academic environment. One of the reasons I chose to attend Lewis and Clark was a personal phone call I got from a then current student. If elected, I would work to nurture that successful effort by broadening outreach to groups that are traditionally underrepresented in the profession, including first generation immigrants, people from economically disadvantaged backgrounds, Native Americans, people with disabilities and members of the GLBT community. I would like to see Lewis and Clark become a recognized leader in diversifying the legal profession, not only with respect to gender and race, but also age, personal and professional background, and the myriad of ways in which a non-traditional applicant may find herself different from the stereotypical lawyer. The Academic Enhancement Program has been effective in both attracting and retaining those candidates and I would be honored to play a part in it’s continued success.
Honor Board Representative
My name is Kya and I am year law student who came to Lewis & Clark from the beautiful northwoods of Minnesota to study environmental law. I earned my B.A. in History and Environmental Geoscience from the University of Minnesota in Minneapolis. I am honored (no pun intended) to be this year’s SBA Honor Board Representative because I believe very firmly in advancing the integrity and high ethical standards that mark the legal community, starting with a student’s conduct in law school. I have great respect for the professionalism and responsibility that I see my fellow students exhibit every day, and as I result I want to help ensure that each member of L&C’s student community receives fair representation and consideration in any Honor Code inquiry.
After law school, I would like to work in environmental litigation in either the Mountain West or back in the great state of Minnesota. In my other capacities, I am a Managing Editor of the Animal Law Review, a Project Coordinator for the Northwest Environmental Defense Center, and a proud puppy-parent to a little snow-mutt named Fly.
Budget Committee Representative
Your concerns are my concerns. I have experience in the area of budgeting as a commissioner for the city of Tigard’s City Center Advisory Commission, which makes budget recommendations for the urban renewal district. My goal is to be a voice for the students within the budgeting process of the school. I will be approachable, responsive and dedicated to making sure that students remain informed of where their tuition dollars are going.
1. Provide ongoing communication of student financial concerns to the administration.
2. Support programs and clinics that students want.
3. Advocate finding more dollars to go towards student grants and scholarships.
My name is Maryam and I am from Vancouver, Canada. I majored in Political Science. I enjoy cooking, yoga, and sketching. Something not many people know about me is that I was born in Esfahan, Iran. My goal in SBA is to keep our student body diverse and interesting.
After being a part of the Budget Committee this year, it is clear that there needs to be change in several aspects relevant to the SBA budget. Some ideas I’ve had include: - Greater accountability for how money is spent, especially with regards to how students are selected for conference attendance. - Create guidelines for Group Treasurer’s in putting together and presenting their budgets - Create incentives for fundraising (matching part of the funds raised) - More fundraising done through the SBA
Transportation Parking Advisory Committee Representative
I am very committed to advocating for sustainable transportation solutions for the law school and greater LC community. As both an avid cyclist and a car owner, I understand and appreciate the the LC community’s transportation needs, wishes and frustrations. Next year, I will be serving as a board member for the Law School’s Coalition Advocating Transportation Solutions (CATS). I believe that both CATS and the Transportation Parking Advisory Committee’s goals will be well served by my involvement with both organizations.
I would like to support the greater LC community in the continued development of sustainable transportation solutions.
My name is Michael and I was born in Albuquerque, New Mexico, but grew up in a small town near Seattle. I studied Japanese studies and theories of language acquisition in college and spent the last seven years living in Japan. At the moment, I am most interested in International Environmental Law and Natural Resource Law in the Pacific Rim. Outside of law school, I like outdoor activities, sports, exploring the vast number of restaurants and bars in the Portland area, and brewing beer. The motto I live by is: “Be good to your friends to keep them, and to your enemies to win them.” My goals in SBA are to continue to improve the transparency and functionality of SBA, to make sure all students are included and represented, and build community.
Curriculum Committee Representative
There has been a lot of discussion on campus and in the news about how law school doesn’t prepare students to be practicing lawyers. I think Lewis & Clark actively works to address that concern, and I’d like to continue this work. As a student, my plan is to find at least one opportunity each semester to put what I’ve learned into practice. I think every student should have that opportunity within the curriculum.
My goal is to find a balance between theory and practice that will provide students with the education and experience they need to be marketable upon graduation.
Board of Visitors Representative
I am Noam Amir-Brownstein and I was born and raised here, in Portland. I attended Beaverton High School in 2007 and then went to Las Vegas to pursue my undergraduate degrees at UNLV. I have a B.A. in English and a B.A. in History and just recently graduated in May 2011. I am very passionate about sports. I like to watch and play them. I play basketball and tennis and my favorite professional teams are the Blazers and Ravens. I also love to travel and have been blessed with the opportunity to visit many places around the world in my life. Many people don’t know but I am fluent in Hebrew and have visited Israel over almost 30 times in my life. A motto I like to live by was an inspirational saying by Rabbi Hillel who said “If I am not for myself, who will be for me? If I am not for others, what am I? And if not now, when?” My goals with SBA are to allow my pod to have as much involvement as they wish with SBA events. I also want to help bring ideas, mine or others communicated to me, to the table that will help better the law school community.
I am interested in attending the meetings with the BOV. I attended the breakfast with the Board last semester and found it to be a very rewarding experience. This position is fitting for me because I have the time to put into attending the meetings and enthusiasm to succeed at the position.
My goals would be to help the Board of Visitors succeed in their goal of making the school a better place for the students, while also giving me an additional opportunity work with the SBA with programming and other activities around the school.
Academic Enhancement Committee Representative
My name is Patrick Dennis. I am originally from Saratoga Springs, NY, but I’m claiming Portland, OR as my home. I graduated from U. of Oregon in 2003 with a degree in History and Humanities (Classical Civilizations). Prior to law school, I worked in a number of different places including a vet’s office, a comedy club, some credit unions, and the University of Florida. I enjoy running, lifting weights, writing, and playing guitar. Something not many people know about me is that I grew up on military bases and have lived in ten states. The motto I live by is: “I have seen what a laugh can do. It can transform almost unbearable tears into something bearable, even hopeful.” - Bob Hope. My goal in SBA is to facilitate open dialogue on issues of diversity within the law school and to continue the trend of admitting students with diverse backgrounds.
I was asked to step into the position of Academic Enhancement Committee Representative and I have enjoyed it immensely. I was a participant in the Academic Enhancement Program as a 1L and continue to spend a great deal of time working within the program. I have learned a great deal about the admissions process that takes place and would like to continue using that knowledge.
I would like to continue to grow Lewis & Clark’s goal of encouraging and admitting a diverse class of student scholars each year. My hope is to create an environment of academic support and respect where students can learn from each other as they learn from the faculty.
Curriculum Committee Representative
Hi, my name is Robert (Rob) Bart and I’m from Ithaca, NY. I attended the George Washington University where I received a BA in International Affairs; and the University of Oregon, where I received a Masters in Education. I was also a High School Social Studies Teacher in Hood River, OR, for 4 years prior to coming to law school. My hobbies include whitewater kayaking, soccer, and crossfit. A fact not many people may know about me is that I have been to 30 countries in the past 10 years and had to get more pages put in my passport. The motto I live by is: “When in doubt, go higher.” My goal in SBA is to help make sure that Lewis and Clark is actively considering current best practices in education and incorporating them into the classroom.
Admissions Committee Representative
I am a second-year law student and have a passion for student advocacy.vI also have extensive experience working in student government and serving as a student representative in multiple capacities.
I attended an undergraduate school with about 22,000 students and was an elected Senator in the student government that also functions as a non-profit corporation. As Senator, I served on different hiring committees for faculty and administrative positions. I was also elected to both the Student Fee Advisory Board and the Alternative Funding Committee (a committee focused on raising money for the school’s children’s center). Lastly, I was selected by the Dean of Students to serve as the only student voice on a committee that reviewed department grant proposals and selected a department to award a $50,000 grant for student programming. Outside my roles in the student government, I also worked as a resident advisor for 3 years where I worked closely with the Career Center, Counseling Center and the Office of Student Life.
I will work hard with the rest of the committee to diligently go through every application and select the most qualified applicants to join our L&C community. Because I consider myself to be very people-oriented I always try to gain deeper insights into the unique characteristics that make people special. When I review the applications, I hope to highlight the intricate aspects I find in our applicants so I can assist the committee in continuing our law school’s tradition of introducing exceptional people into the legal field. Further, beyond the role on the Admissions Committee, as a member of the Student Bar Association I will commit myself to fulfilling L& C’s philosophy by putting “students at the heart of what we do” by being a transparent leader students can trust and turn to with their concerns.
Vice President of Communications
I spent more than 20 years in journalism and communications—working for The Oregonian, Oregon governors, public agencies and as a consultant. I am a compulsive proofreader and networker, and think the SBA website could use a jolt. Incredibly valuable resources and information lie there, obscured by outdated links and poor promotion. SBA might also refresh its social media presence (only a few dozen students like the Facebook page). The goals would be to:
- Foster connections among lower and upper division students
- Share useful tips and tools for students
- Promote events, both at the law school and in the community (often free), that offer networking, inspiration and information for soon-to-be lawyers.
I have a few ideas, but mostly I’d like to hear from other students: What do you want? How can we get the word out better? Email your ideas about how, and what, the SBA should be communicating with students.
Natural Resources Committee Representative
I have always been interested in environmental and natural resource law. As a Master’s student in International Relations in Australia, I was able to study the pervasive effects of imminent environmental and natural resource crises facing today’s world. This summer I will have a unique opportunity to put my interests and experiences into practice, as a legal intern for a multinational oil corporation in Cape Town, South Africa. Through this internship, I will gain exposure to some of the legal issues specific to business in one of the world’s most resource-rich and dynamic continents, as I assist with the legal department’s world-class compliance program, and international environmental stewardship. Environmental and natural resource issues pose unique, transboundary challenges to the global community, which demand a collaborative response. Lewis &Clark Law School is one of the few institutions in the world that can provide students with the skills required to address these challenges on a local and an international level. The Natural Resources and Environmental Law Program is what drew me to Lewis and Clark Law School, and I would relish the opportunity to assist the committee in maintaining the standard of excellence which makes the Natural Resources and Environmental Law Program the best in the country.
The Natural Resources Committee plays an important role in shaping the Natural Resources and Environmental Law curriculum at the law school. As a member of the committee, I would work to uphold the diverse selection of coursework in environmental and natural resource law, while maintaining a constant dialogue with the student body regarding future courses and the selection of speakers and distinguished visitors. Already, I have noticed a growing demand in the student body for courses that reflect the nexus between business, international, and environmental law, which is an issue I will pursue if elected.
Diversity Committee Representative
My name is Vicky Razo and I am a second year student. I am interested in representing you as a Diversity Committee representative. I am an outgoing individual and believe that diversity is important. We have quite a diverse campus both among students and staff and I would like to help continue the work done this year by the Diversity Work Group with dialogue motivating films. I would like to take it further by increasing dialogue, events and awareness. I believe it’s time we step outside what we know and work towards learning about others in a welcoming and safe environment. Not only for our own educational benefit but to prepare us for the clients we will soon represent.
This year I have served as President of Latino Law Society and during my term I had the opportunity to collaborate with other student groups in holding both educational and cultural events. I’d like to expand this in the upcoming year by serving on the diversity committee. I am interested in working with the faculty and staff in identifying areas that could use improvement within the diversity such as possible additional courses that focus on diverse issues of sexual orientation, race, and disability.
Fellow classmate and close friend Gail Kawakami-Schwarber is an incumbent who is running for re-election. The work she has done with the Diversity Work Group has really gotten the ball rolling and I hope you will consider electing us both to represent you in the Diversity Committee. We work well together and I know that together we will represent you more efficiently.
My goals for this position include but are not limited to: increase the dialogue among faculty, staff and students on diversity; make our campus a safe-zone for honest communication where everyone feels safe to ask those difficult questions and receive answers. Make everyone who visits, attends, or works on our campus feel part of the law school community. I would like to see more student-led reading groups addressing sexual orientation, race and disability. Host more cultural events where we learn more about other cultures that we are less exposed to. Be available to listen to fellow students’ suggestions, comments and concerns.
Natural Resources Committee Representative
I am a full-time 2L student with a background in environmental sciences and natural resource economics, and a continued interest in the field of natural resource law. I am responsible, respectful, and professional. Further, I have some experience in the area of study the committee oversees, and I believe that experience would lend to a better understanding and ability to participate in the committee’s activities.
Prior to law school, my studies and occupation centered on soil and water sciences at University of California Riverside. As part of their esteemed environmental sciences department, I conducted original resource on green metals, selenium toxicity, and soil chemistry in general. Further, my undergraduate education included a substantial number of classes focused on natural resource economics and the valuation of finite and infinite resources.
During law school, I have committed time to several environmental and natural resource related ventures. First, I participated in NEDC’s Water Group, where I completed a number of comments and notices of intent to bring action pertaining to the renewal of Clean Water Act permits. I then went on to work for a Multnomah County judge on a case that focused on CWA enforcement, providing him with statutory research and assistance with aspects of the case with which he was unfamiliar. Since then, I have continued to assist him with similar tasks. In addition, I worked for the Bonneville Power Administration’s Office of General Counsel, where a large portion of my work pertained to environmental and natural resource law. Since 2L year began, I have worked with a natural resource clinic, called WRLC, as well as devoted time to Environmental Law as a member and source-checker. I will soon run for an elected position on the journal, where I will likely be dealing with environmental law faculty more regularly. Finally, I will work with Iberdrola Renewables, a large renewable energy company, this coming summer. There I expect to learn quite a bit about the renewable energy trade; their mitigation of environmental impacts; and operating as in-house counsel for a private natural resource company.
My passion for and interest in natural resource law is abundant. I hope my career can focus on issues similar to those I have touched since law school, and I attempt to expand my knowledge on these subjects whenever possible. As the Natural Resource Committee Representative, I intend to be active and assertive, yet humble with my opinions and deferential to those with more experience and expertise than myself.
Information & Technology Strategic Advisory Council Representative
My name is Wynn Heh and I’ve spent most of my time in the DC metro area. I have a BS in Biological Sciences from the University of Mary Washington, where I also majored in Philosophy: Pre-Law, as well as Classical Civilization. After completing a Master of Conservation Biology program offered jointly by the University of New South Wales and Victoria University of Wellington, I worked in IT before enrolling at L&C. I enjoy making things: I specialize in chainmail—the interlocking metal rings, not the annoying chain letters—and really-tiny-things, but I’ve got a knack for costume props, etched glassware, silly hats, and ceramics. You name it, I’ve probably crafted it. You may not know, but I’ve climbed the Sydney Harbor Bridge in an attempt to face my fear of heights. (Alas, it didn’t work.) In life: I hope for the best, prepare for what’s likely, but have a Plan B—just in case. As your ITSAC rep, I hope to make informational and instructional technologies at L&C work even better for you.
As the ITSAC representative for 2011-2012, I brought six years of IT experience and a law student’s perspective to the council table. My corporate support background was directly applicable to the position: academic institutions and corporations–and their constituent students and staff–have a great deal in common when it comes to their IT challenges and needs. Through my desk-side support experience, I understand what improvements individuals want to see. Through my management experience, I understand the competing needs that an institution must balance when identifying and implementing technology changes. And through defending against foreign state-sponsored cyber-infiltration (with the help of the FBI) and “hacktivism” attempts by groups such as Anonymous,* I am adept at handling even the utterly bizarre. ———— *No joke.
I would like to bring greater efficiency and usability to the technology employed by Lewis & Clark. There’s a wealth of resources that are under-utilized due to issues such as unfriendly interfaces, lack of training, or simply because no one knows about it. I already spend a great deal of time and effort finding–and sharing–information about the technology available to us students (and documenting what can be improved), and I would like to expand my scope: if technology can better aid faculty and staff, it will, in turn, benefit students as well.