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Environmental, Natural Resources, & Energy Law

An Alaskan summer of a lifetime for LC law student Ryan Shannon

September 10, 2013

  • Ryan Shannon and friend on Davidson glacier outside Skagway, Alaska.
Ryan Shannon, LC Law student, recently shared his summer experience working for Trustees of Alaska in Anchorage. He credits the environmental law program, NEDC and PILP for an amazing opportunity: 
“Trustees of Alaska is a nonprofit environmental law firm that works on a wide range of environmental issues representing a wide range of clients including national environmental coalitions, local individuals, and indigenous groups. During my summer with Trustees I gained invaluable exposure to federal environmental law issues, with an emphasis on the Clean Water Act. 
The highlight of my summer was the chance to see my supervising attorney argue a case I had helped prepare in front of the 9th Circuit. It was an amazing chance to see a skilled environmental litigator at work in the courtroom. 
Additionally, work with Trustees gave me the opportunity to spend a summer in Alaska. While working hard during the week, I played just as hard on the weekends and had an opportunity to explore much of Alaska’s natural beauty. However, even after spending a summer there I barely was able to scratch the surface of what Alaska has to offer.
The opportunity was made possible thanks to Lewis & Clark Law School, its environmental law program, NW Environmental Defense Center and the Public Interest Law Project. I highly encourage anyone interested in public interest environmental law to check out Alaska and Trustees for Alaska.”