Officers

President: Grace Heglund-Lohman

Grace Heglund-Lohman (President)

Grace Heglund-Lohman (she/her) is a 2L interested in Indigenous Food Sovereignty. Prior to law school Grace served as an AmeriCorp member with the No Kid Hungry Cooking Matters campaign, which inspired her to get a master’s degree in Public Health Nutrition. She is interested in taking her legal (and nutrition) education back to her home state of Alaska after finishing school. During her 1L summer, Grace clerked with the USDA Office of General Counsel in Portland, Oregon. In her life outside of school, she prefers reading about plants, baking, and running with her dog Murphy!

 

Co-Vice President: Colin Pohlman

Colin Pohlman (Co-Vice President)

Colin is a 2L from Northern Virginia studying environmental and natural resources law with a specific interest in agricultural law and policy. He has always been passionate about food, farming, and cooking, and has worked on farms and for the Washington Farm Bureau. A fun fact about him is that his undergraduate study abroad program focused on Food Security and Sustainable Agriculture traveled to Ecuador, Malawi, and Italy to comparatively study global food systems.

 

Co-Vice President: Abigail Contreras 
Abbey Contreras (Co-Vice President)
Abigail Contreras (she/her) is currently a 2L serving as Co-Vice President for FALS. Her interest in Food & Ag stems from her undergraduate background in Sustainable Food Systems. During her 1L summer, she worked at an environmental nonprofit, Earth Law Center. Currently, she works law clerk for Professor Tischler, researching environmental issues connected to confined animal feeding operations. This spring she will be working as a corporate counsel extern for a vitamin company based in Vancouver, WA. This summer, she will be a summer associate for the environmental practice group of Hunton, Andrews & Kurth based in San Francisco. In her free time, she enjoys skiing on Mt. Hood. Talk to her about CAFOs and the Clean Water Act!

 

Secretary: Maral Deyrmenjian
Maral Deyrmenjian (Secretary)
Maral Deyrmenjian (she/her) is a 2L serving as the secretary for FALS. She graduated from Portland State University with a BS in History. Her time in history classes (mostly taking courses on modern political and economic history) helped to develop her interest in societal inequities and resource distribution—and led her to join FALS. During her 1L summer, she worked as a judicial extern with the Sacramento Superior Courts, and she is currently a legal extern at a small family law firm. In her free time, Maral enjoys hanging out with her cat Beetle, playing video games, and reading.
Treasurer: Clarens Emrich
Clarens Emrich (Treasurer)
Clarens (he/him) is a 3L from Denver, CO with an interest in energy law and commercial litigation. He graduated from The University of Colorado, Boulder with a BA in Political Science and moved to Portland shortly after. This past summer, Clarens worked at a litigation firm in Vancouver, WA. The summer prior, he clerked for Oregon Metro regional government and the L&C Criminal Justice Reform Clinic. Outside of school he likes taking trips to the coast, going to Blazers games, and trying out new restaurants.
Community Outreach, Networking & Volunteer Coordinator: Jessie Gittemeier
Jessie Gittemeier (Community Outreach, Networking & Volunteer Coordinator)
Jessie (she/her) is a 3L and the FALS Community Outreach, Networking, and Volunteer Coordinator. In her free time you can usually catch her at the park with friends or baking cookies. If you want any biodynamic winery recommendations - she’s your gal. She’s had the pleasure of working at an organic farm in Kansas, the United Nations Food and Agriculture Organization, the Senate Committee on Agriculture, the Oregon Legislature, and the Vermont Center for Agriculture and Food Systems. Post-graduation she hopes to continue advocating for a just and sustainable food system.

 

Communications, Marketing & Social Media Director: Tory White
Tory White (Communications, Marketing & Social Media Director)
Tory (she/her) is a 3L pursuing a certificate in Natural Resources and Environmental Law. Her interest in food and agriculture involves eliminating or exploring alternatives to CAFOs and how changes in industrial farming law and policy can have a positive effect on surrounding wildlife. Tory was a clinic student for Earthrise, an extern with the Center for Biological Diversity, and is now externing with Columbia Riverkeeper. In her free time she enjoys hiking, gardening, painting, climbing, gaming, and mushroom hunting.

 

1L Representative: Zach Nacev Zach Nacev (1L Representative)
Zach (he/him) is a former high school teacher, soccer player, and dedicated home chef. He is a 1L interested in the intersections between food, environmental justice, and culture.