Johnathon is a native Hoosier and thus loves mid-range jump shots and a solid fundamental bounce pass. He has an affinity for the ocean - he especially loves hammerhead sharks, great white sharks, and, of course, orcas. He wants to work toward eliminating single-use plastics and increasing legal protections for marine mammals.
As a scuba diving instructor, Meg has seen firsthand how pollution has devastated oceanic environments. Bearing witness to the decline of marine mammals and coral structures inspired her passion for ocean advocacy and policy. Through strategic litigation efforts, she aspires to achieve measurable outcomes that will help keep our oceans biodiverse and abundant.
Chelsea was born and raised in Northern California’s coastal Humboldt County. Portland is the first place she has lived where the ocean is more than ten minutes away, and it’s killin’ her! Chelsea came to Lewis & Clark Law because of her passion for conserving wildlife and their habitat through science-based policy and litigation, and issues that impact oceans and coasts are especially important to her.
Jackson’s love for the sea is rooted in his passion for freediving and surfing. Before coming to Lewis & Clark, he served as a Peace Corps volunteer in the Philippines working on marine protected areas and environmental education. Jackson hopes to bring transparency to the fishing industry and build off his work in the Philippines. He envisions a world where the ocean is not seen as a place of fear and believes change starts with awareness.
Professor Kathy Hessler
Professor Hessler started working to protect animals in 1988 and has focused her teaching, lecturing, legal practice, and writing on animal law since 2008. Troubled by the lack of information about, and protection for, aquatic animals, she created the Aquatic Animal Law Initiative (AALI) in 2016 to address this gap as a part of the work of her Animal Law Clinic. AALI represents clients in the U.S. and abroad and seeks to harmonize and further the interests of humans, animals, and the environment. On April 3, 2020, AALI initiated the first annual World Aquatic Day as a result of the work of ALLI Fellow, Amy P. Wilson and clinic students. Professor Hessler enjoys supporting students as they work to become legal advocates for animals and the environment.