We don’t want environmental law students to forget why they came here. One great beauty of pursuing a career to help affect environmental change is the inherent personal connection to the work. The symbiotic relationship between us—especially as environmental law students—and our natural environmental can provide an incessant source of motivation and should not be lost. Thus, the mission of the Environmental Law Caucus is to provide a forum for law students to connect with the natural beauty of the Pacific Northwest and embrace environmentalism on a personal level.
2020-2021 Board Members
President: Sammi Teo (she/her), Class of 2021, firstname.lastname@example.org
Sammi grew up in NYC and New Jersey. She graduated from Rutgers University, where she concentrated in Political Science, Environmental Law and Policy, and Labor Law. At Lewis & Clark Law, she is the President of Environmental Law Caucus (ELC), a Co-Board Member of Students for Eliminating Environmental Discrimination (SEED), and the 3L Class Representative of Asian Pacific American Law Student Association (APALSA). In her free time, you can find her reading (especially science or historical fiction), hiking, watching films, and playing chess.
Vice President: Katy O’Keefe (she/her), Class of 2021, email@example.com
Treasurer: Tiffany Hawkins (she/her), Class of 2022, firstname.lastname@example.org
Tiffany is a 2L interested in all things Environmental! She attended Texas A&M University –
Corpus Christi where she pursued environmental and life sciences, marine and coastal resources,
and policy and regulation. Her studies have become focused on environmental, natural resource,
and energy law and policy. Loving nature, some of her outdoor hobbies include hiking, swimming,
scuba diving, snowboarding, and paddle boarding. ELC is one way Tiffany is able stay involved
with nature while pursuing her law degree in order to better protect the environment and
preserve its treasures.
Community Outreach Coordinator: Amanda Burgess (she/her), Class of 2022, email@example.com
Northern CA born and raised. Pursuing environmental law with a specific interest in the Clean Water Act and administrative law. Other interests include hiking, camping/backpacking, cooking, travel, fly fishing, hot yoga, and exploring the PNW with friends and family.
1L Rep: Amy Kraitchman (she/her), Class of 2023, firstname.lastname@example.org
Amy is originally from Oakland, California and she graduated in 2019 from Oregon State University with a BS in Environmental Economics and Policy with minors in Political Science and French. Her studies at Oregon State was focused a lot of climate change and resource management related issue, although she is excited to explore other aspects of environmental law at Lewis & Clark. When not studying, her other interests include, hiking, camping, scuba diving, reading, and watching reality tv.
Four board members, with the assistance of four 1L representatives to the student body, govern the Environmental Law Caucus. The leadership of ELC aims to embody good stewardship and an appreciation of our environment in every activity we do. Please contact us if you are interested in leadership opportunities with ELC.
- Swift Watch at Chapman School - September
- Mushaboom! Mushroom Hunt Weekend in Mount Hood National Forest: October - November
- Public Interest Environmental Law Conference at the University of Oregon: Early March
- Hikes, adventures, volunteer projects, and good times throughout the year
The ELC encourages getting dirty with the earthy. We promote events and ideas dedicated to shaping trajectories of social-ecological change at local-to-global scales. Projects include:
- Ivy pulls
- Responsible food choices
- Tree planting
- Edible garden/composting
- Seed swap and planting
Please contact us with your own ideas and suggestions!
Sustainability at Lewis & Clark
Defining and achieving “sustainability” is a work in progress at Lewis & Clark. All three campuses work together to form the Sustainability Council. Members of the Lewis & Clark law school community work to ensure that we have a voice in this initiative. More information here.