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Pam Hardy ’06

Protecting the environment, improving quality of life for Oregonians

Pam Hardy ‘06 currently works for 1000 Friends of Oregon, an organization working with Oregonians to better the quality of life in the state. Starting in 1975, 1000 Friends of Oregon has defended productive Oregon landscapes, built livable urban and rural communities, protected family farms and forests and conserved natural areas. Prior to joining Friends, Hardy, a San Francisco Bay area native, was in private practice working on land use on behalf of a variety of neighborhood groups and nonprofits.

Hardy decided to attend law school because she wanted to see our natural world cared for and protected. “After participating in grassroots efforts around several issues in the canyons of the southwest (uranium tailings, Colorado River water allocation, oil and gas drilling), I could see that the real battles take place in the courts and the legislature,” said Hardy. “To be effective in those worlds I knew I had to be fluent in law.”

Oregon Law’s public interest-focused Environmental and Natural Resources Law program drew Hardy to the school. She participated in the Fellowship in Sustainable Land Use, was co-director of the Public Interest Environmental Law Conference, chair of the Alternative Dispute Resolution Advocates group and held multiple internship positions.

“I couldn’t do what I am doing without the education I received at Oregon Law,” said Hardy. “I have the skills and resources to be effective.”

Hardy’s secrets for success included seeking a mentor in the real world by taking as many internships and clinics as possible. “The real work did more to help me get jobs and internships and hit the ground running,” advises Hardy.