Irene is a 2L at Lewis & Clark Law School and came to Lewis & Clark to specifically study animal law. Irene was drawn to Lewis & Clark because of its diverse learning opportunities, dedicated faculty, and serene campus.
Irene’s love and respect for animals began in her childhood where she was raised alongside dogs, guinea pigs, rats, hamsters, and a cat. It had always been her dream to channel that love for animals into her career. While in college at the University of Oregon, Irene volunteered at a small animal hospital, a raptors center, and a wildlife rehabilitation center. It was through her volunteering experiences that she realized how impactful educational outreach is to producing positive change for animals. She decided to pursue a legal education when her family adopted two wonderful pit mixes. Irene became determined to remedy the misinformation plaguing bully breeds and encourage breed equality through the legal system.
During her 1L year, Irene became involved in Lewis & Clark Law School Animal Legal Defense Fund and met an incredible group of individuals who share the same passion for animal welfare. Irene is thrilled to be a part of Lewis & Clark Law School Student Animal Legal Defense Fund this year and serve as the Community Coordinator.
Irene spent her summer at East Bay Sanctuary Covenant (EBSC) where she had the privilege of helping individuals apply for asylum in the United States. Irene is interested in studying the intersections between animal law, human rights/immigration law, and criminal law.
In her spare time, Irene can be found outside enjoying Oregon’s beautiful nature scene or snuggling up on the couch with her one year old rescue kitty, Eleven.