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.
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/
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.
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.
ELAW has been responsible for helping BELPO establish a website and I have been part of the group building it. It has been a fascinating experience for me. I have learned about environmental issues in Belize and also how to handle the administrative functions for a web site. With oil now spilling in the Gulf and threatening livelihoods and ecosystems the US Supreme Court needs to take a serious look at a recent Supreme Court case in Belize. A Dutch vessel ran aground on the Belize Barrier Reef and destroyed an irreplaceable and pristine acre. The Government of Belize established that the Reef is living and not property, and the Chief Justice set damages higher as a result. See what I mean about what I am learning? It's also fun to use my visual and logical skills to develop the site. In addition, the office manager, Lauren Ice, is a gem and makes me feel at home and valued in my role in the organization.
ELAW has given me the chance to volunteer for a wonderful cause. So far I’ve been volunteering since Fall 2009 and it has been a great experience. Everyone I’ve met there has been friendly and dedicated. The work accomplished at ELAW is truly beautiful. Check out their website to see their recent victories! www.elaw.org
Environmental Law Alliance Worldwide (ELAW) is the most ideal place for my internship just after graduation from Environmental Studies Program at University of Oregon. And I will do an one-year intern here (Nov.2009--Nov.2010). First, this is a wonderful opportunity for me to incorporate what I've learned at school into practical work. For example, I practiced outreach knowledge and techniques into the China outreach Program. Second, ELAW is a perfect place to learn about nonprofit operation. It's small and constructed well, so that I am able to learn about different things about all sections in a nonprofit organization: financial,communication, legal assistance, scientific support, office management and administration, outreach and so on. Another example, I attended ELAW's board meeting recently and was impressive that every board member were so engaged! Personally, ELAW is providing staff and volunteer a comfortable and happy working environment. ELAW Staff all are professional and experienced. They are kind and nice. And they are fun!
ELAW is an amazing place! That work that is being done here is truly inspiring. I have volunteered with ELAW since fall '09. Everyone that works there has been wonderful, and there is always meaningful work that needs to do be done for volunteers.I would strongly recommend checking out ELAW!!!