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Mary Anne Nash ’10

Using Oregon Law network to launch career

Raised on a working cattle ranch in rural Central Oregon, Oregon Law graduate Mary Anne Nash became interested in natural resources law at a young age. She studied environmental economics at Oregon State University before coming to Oregon Law. While at Oregon State University, Nash spent two semesters working for Congress in Washington, D.C., an experience that solidified her interest in natural resources and environmental policy.

This fascination carried through to law school, where she was a fellow in the Environmental and Natural Resources Program and Associate Editor of the Oregon Law Review, and to her current position as an associate at Dunn Carney. She is a member of the firm’s general litigation practice group and focuses primarily on natural resources and environmental law. As a new associate, Nash works on a variety of cases, covering issues including Endangered Species Act compliance, NEPA compliance, and insurance defense and coverage work.

Nash considers the diverse study body one of the best things about Oregon Law, where she graduated order of the coif in 2010. She made several close friends in law school, and these friends helped her through her job search and first year of practice. In this tough economic climate, having close friends connected to a variety of industries has provided Nash with many networking and professional development opportunities.

“There is also a huge alumni network in the Pacific Northwest (and nationwide) that is always willing to meet and share advice with recent graduates,” said Nash. “Over a quarter of the attorneys at [Dunn Carney] are graduates of Oregon Law, and they are always willing to meet and share advice with law students and new attorneys.”

Nash says current students will greatly benefit from making connections while in law school.

“The faculty, alumni, and friends you will meet at Oregon Law will enable you to start building your network while in law school, and will provide the support you need to find the right opportunity after law school,” said Nash.

Before coming to Dunn Carney in 2011, Nash worked briefly at Marten Law, PLCC an environment and energy law firm with offices in the Pacific Northwest. Nash currently serves on the board of the Federal Bar Association and the Executive Committee of the Oregon State Bar Agriculture Law Section. In addition, she is a member of the Northwest Environmental Business Council, the Oregon State Bar Environmental and Natural Resources Section and, and the Oregon State Bar Energy, Telecom & Utility Law Section.