I went to the University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign for undergraduate school and was awarded with a B.S. in Liberal Arts and Sciences with a major in Ecology, Ethology, and Evolution. I also received my J.D. from the University of Illinois - Champaign College of Law. I spent one summer taking two studying abroad courses in Europe on International Business and International Sustainability. The summer after my 2L year I was an extern at the EPA's Region 5 office in Chicago. I moved to California a year after graduation from law school and I am currently licensed, and active, in both Illinois and California.
I have done some volunteering with Heal the Bay.
I am not currently working at a law firm but at a firm that does expert testimony work for environmental litigation, as well as, aiding corporations in compliance issues with the California Department of Toxic Substances Control. I do mostly background research and legal research into historic regulations and case law, as applicable to litigation that the experts that prepare the reports are working on. Most of the work I do if for an expert that started working at one of the agencies that President Nixon's later combined to form the EPA. The individual that I do the most work for, and who I decided to join and non-law firm for to specifically learn as much about environmental regulations and laws about, will be retiring this summer and I am interested in networking with individuals that can help me get back into legal practice, whether through legal volunteering or other mentoring opportunities. A particular interest of mine is water policy and having a say in both local and state government. In addition, I recently moved to downtown Santa Monica and discovered that the various city governmental entities appear to almost make no effort to listen to their constituents' concerns. I also was aware of this due to my brother's interest in the Santa Monica Airport and I learned of the amount of money the city has spent on trying to litigate against the federal government to close the airport despite the many contracts that they signed, whether or not those contracts had very unfavorable terms or not, and in the end, the court always makes the same ruling, but Santa Monica continues to file suits and say they want to turn it into park land, yet make plans to take away the parks we already have. I have a new in trying to have a greater influence in local government.