September 11, 2015
Crag Law Center
This summer I interned with Crag Law Center, a nonprofit working to protect and sustain the Pacific Northwest’s natural legacy. Crag is located in downtown Portland (a block from Powell’s) and has five attorneys and a development director. Crag’s staff work on a variety of issues including protecting public lands, wildlife, and clean water, and maintaining livable communities. Much of their work involves federal environmental laws, but Crag also works on a number of land use cases involving state law and environmental justice cases involving the federal Civil Rights Act.
For most of the summer, I drafted motions and an amended complaint for an ongoing case on violations of the National Environmental Policy Act and National Forest Management Act. I also conducted legal research and drafted legal memoranda on the Endangered Species Act, the Oregon Public Records Act, recovery of attorneys’ fees, as well as a variety of other issues.
Working for Crag was a fantastic learning experience in a fun environment. All of the staff at Crag are extremely approachable and welcoming and go out of their way to engage the summer interns. This includes taking everyone on a summer rafting trip. On the legal side, you work one-on-one with your assigned attorney. Through this setup, I learned about the practical side of litigation and legal strategy and received constructive guidance and feedback on all of my projects. Additionally, since Crag works on a variety of issues, I always had new, challenging assignments to complete. Overall, I greatly enjoyed my experience with Crag and would highly recommend it to anyone with an interest in environmental law. Thank you PILP for making it possible!