About

With my travels, I have a breadth of experience that I can draw upon to help you.  I have solid academic credentials and experience in civil litigation, administrative law, water law, Indian law, environmental law, and helping non-profit organizations.

Some highlights:

As a Judicial Clerk at the Multnomah County Circuit Court

  • Learned about the legal system from the inside as a clerk for the Honorable Judith H. Matarazzo, and for Judge Dailey, Judge Bloch and Judge Lopez
  • Clerked for Multnomah County’s Drug and Alcohol treatment programs — START, STOP and DISP

As a Summer Honors Law Clerk at the Environmental Protection Agency Office of General Counsel

  • Helped formulate legal advice to our agency clients on how to best manage their legal risk.
  • Analyzed legal problems and proposed solutions on how to achieve agency goals while complying with federal law.

As a Law Clerk with the U.S. Department of Justice

  • Defended agency actions from both statutory and constitutional challenges.
  • Draft motions for court and worked closely with attorneys at the action agency to frame their legal arguments.
  • Understand how the federal regulatory system works.

Finally, I have a science background.

  • I have a degree in environmental science and have worked in many facets of both freshwater and marine resources. This knowledge and experience is an asset for reading scientific documents in environmental litigation.  I have also edited the declarations of scientific witnesses to help strengthen the scientific basis for litigation.

EDUCATION

University of Oregon School of Law
JD, May 2009
Honors: Order of the Coif (Top 10% of my class)
Associate Editor, Oregon Law Review

University of Rhode Island
BS, Environmental Science and Management
Honors: Magna cum laude

AFFILIATIONS

Oregon Women Lawyers
Oregon State Bar

  • Environmental and Natural Resources Section
  • Sustainable Future Section
  • Solo and Small Firm Practitioners Section
  • Non-Profit Law Section
  • Public Service Advisory Committee

Board Member, Center for Water Advocacy
Board Member and Director of Operations, PDX Summer School
Treasurer, Friends of Land Air Water
PIELC Co-Directors Alumni

ACTIVITIES

In my free time, I enjoy hiking, yoga, snowshoeing, practicing Spanish and am learning to snowboard.