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Environmental Law Alliance Worldwide - ELAW

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Nonprofit Overview

Causes: Environment, Natural Resources Conservation & Protection

Mission: Educational & charitable. To provide legal and scientific information to public interest attorneys and scientists in numerous countries. To provide technical support and training to non-governmental organizations.

Geographic areas served: The Environmental Law Alliance Worldwide (ELAW) helps communities speak out for clean air, clean water, and a healthy planet. We are a global alliance of attorneys, scientists and other advocates collaborating across borders to promote grassroots efforts to build a sustainable, just future.

Programs: legal & scientific support, capacity building, Fellows Program, defending environmental advocacy around the world

Community Stories

24 Stories from Volunteers, Donors & Supporters

Donor

Rating: 5

I'm not a public interest attorney or scientist. I am however, a grateful citizen appreciative of the work ELAW does around the world to make it safer, cleaner, and more equitable for its inhabitants. I cannot do the work they do, but I can and have supported them financially and philosophically for nearly twenty years.

Board Member

Rating: 5

As a professor of environmental law for 40 years, I have long been impressed by the dedication and creativity of ELAW. I helped found ELAW more than 25 years ago, with local public interest advocates in 9 countries as the co-founders.

Most notable about ELAW is the concern each staff member shows for support of empowerment of local advocates around the world. The staff is the most stable and caring of any organization I have ever known. And it shows in results. Public interest lawyers and scientists in their home countries are achieving remarkable victories -- all with the support of the ELAW staff.

ELAW is unique. Other environmental law organizations in the United States who try to work internationally do not have the unremitting focus on LOCAL empowerment that ELAW has. ELAW does not dominate; it facilitates. And in the process, environmental law advocates in more than 70 countries grow their expertise and experience. They are the ones who will be available to the citizens in their countries for decades to come. They never leave. ELAW helps them be great.

Donor

Rating: 5

I have followed ELAW from its inception and I am so impressed with its core mission - an alliance of independently operating public interest attorneys in countries around the world - and the way it meets that mission - with amazing intelligence, integrity, concern for the health of the world's environment (and each other) and good humor

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I've always admired ELAW and the work they do for the global environmental community. I started off as a translation volunteer and was offered to intern for them. I have learned so much during my time here, not only about environmental advocacy, but about legal processes, nonprofit administration and grant funding. The staff here love what they do and are very respectful.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

It’s been years since I first heard the amazing job that ELAW does to protect the environment around the world. I now have the honor to volunteer as a summer legal intern, and it has been one of the best experiences of my life. The staff is extremely nice, welcoming, and very passionate about environmental protection. I worked with different environmental law issues and it was very inspiring to contribute to support environmental lawyers in their fight for a healthy environment in every corner of the world. Go ELAW!

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I am volunteering with ELAW this summer and have been amazed by the work that they do here. The staff is friendly, passionate and dedicated to addressing environmental injustice across the globe. By combining legal and scientific expertise, ELAW successfully helps partners across the globe build stronger cases to protect the environment. This experience has been incredibly educational and inspiring!

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I have been interning with ELAW this summer and have experienced first hand, the dedication and passion for environmental protection that each member of the staff holds. I am truly grateful to have this experience with such an important organization that does everything in its power to support grassroots environmental efforts across the globe.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I volunteered with ELAW for their annual meeting and was blown away by how welcoming and friendly all of their staff and affiliates were. They provide an important service to our community, as well as globally by advocating for environmental protection. I feel really lucky to have had the opportunity to help host environmental lawyers and activists from all over the world and to have contributed, albeit minutely, to such an important cause.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I had a great time volunteering with ELAW. Everyone was so kind, helpful, and instructive to me, and I learned a lot while getting involved! The people I met were dedicated and hard working individuals. I would definitely volunteer again in the future. They do amazing and important work.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

After spending several years working within tourism and recreation industries abroad, I came back home to Oregon hoping to become involved with a non-profit dedicated to environmental protection.
A friend of mine pointed me in the direction of ELAW, and I have had the privilege to assist a phenomenal group of people who are dedicated in every way to environmental justice for people all over the world. It's truly incredible to see the changes that are taking place throughout the world through legal precedent and activism, and the role that ELAW plays in the movement towards a healthier and safer earth.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I started volunteering with ELAW in early 2017 after recently moving to Eugene. They were enormously welcoming and encouraging, and have allowed me to work on a number of interesting projects. ELAW is able to build productive relationships between the scientists and lawyers they work with, making international efforts to protect the environment all the more effective. ELAW is driven by a group of experienced and hardworking people who are passionate in their advocacy for the environment.

Volunteer

Rating: 4

I have been volunteering with ELAW since August 2016, and I have thoroughly enjoyed my time here so far. Since the very first day, I have encountered countless friendly faces and dedicated, inspiring environmental activists. I can tell that by merely being surrounded by all of the important work being done here at ELAW, my time spent helping out will have been extremely worth while and enriching!

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I started volunteering with ELAW in early October 2016. So far, I've already worked on several projects that are different in subject matter, but all have the potential to contribute greatly to addressing environmental issues around the world. I have had a great experience working here and seeing the commitment that everyone has to fostering positive change.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I am a volunteer for ELAW and have been volunteering with them for four years. This is an impressive organization with internal cohesion and productive exchange of ideas. It is an organization that helps to promote conservation advocacy strategies world-wide by means of a productive exchange of ideas with other countries. The aim of ELAW is to help others achieve the skills and means to advocate for environmental change in their respective countries. It is a very dedicated group of people who work hard for environmental change.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I am currently volunteering at ELAW. In the short time I have been here, I can already say that it is one of the best places I have volunteered. Everyone here is so incredibly dedicated to what they do and truly care about their work. In the 25 years ELAW has been around, they have done so many great things helping environmental activists around the world, and I am certain many great things lay ahead in the future!

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Board Member

Rating: 5

I first came to ELAW's work while doing due diligence on a funding request. I had the opportunity to visit the staff and meet a number of the international partners, and I was hooked. This organization does a lot with a little, and leverages the peer to peer connections among its members to greatly magnify its impact. A few years back, I was asked to serve on ELAW's board of directors and happily accepted. The more I dive into the work, the more impressed I am.

Board Member

Rating: 5

As an ELAW Director, I know ELAW does great, high impact work. Climate change may be the most pressing issue of our time, and ELAW is on the front lines helping defeat coal around the world.

Kaley M.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I first learned about ELAW's work when ELAW Director, Bern Johnson, gave a presentation to my Intro to Environmental Studies: Social Sciences class during my first term at UO (Fall 2013). Although I wasn't able to start volunteering immediately, ELAW's work immediately piqued - and held - my interest and I began volunteering in May 2016. I have found the experience to be incredibly rewarding, challenging and eye-opening. It is an honor to work with such a passionate and dedicated staff, and to know that I am contributing to the work of a far-reaching, worldwide network of environmental activists, lawyers and scientists. ELAW's work is truly making the world a better place. https://elaw.org/

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I was ELAW's Summer 2016 Legal Intern. I first learned about ELAW when US Staff Attorney Jennifer Gleason gave a presentation to my Environmental Science class at the University of Oregon when I was a freshman. I was immediately inspired by ELAW’s work and began volunteering. The experience gave me a passion for environmental justice and was a big factor in my decision to apply to law school. Working at ELAW as a law student was incredibly rewarding. I learned so much and it was a pleasure working with the dedicated and talented attorneys and staff.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I had the privilege of volunteering with ELAW for about six months during my undergraduate career at the University of Oregon. ELAW is exceptional in many respects: first, their work is incredibly far-reaching. Their Fellowship Program, for example, allows environmental professionals from all corners of the world to come to their Eugene office to receive valuable training and mentorship. Second, ELAW does an outstanding job of incorporating the greater Eugene community through fundraising events, internship programs, volunteer opportunities, and so much more. What makes ELAW truly outstanding, however, is the staff. Each and every staff member is helpful, insightful, smart, passionate, and dedicated to the cause.