Conservation Trust Project

Fellows focus on public trust theory and private property tools such as conservation easements and trust acquisitions to achieve landscape conservation and protect natural resources.


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CTP Fellows

Zachary Griffith - 3L - Bowerman Fellow

Zachary Griffith moved to Oregon from Missouri to study environmental law with the goal of returning to Missouri in order to protect its environmental heritage. Prior to coming to law school, he worked as a mechanic/automotive parts salesman for two years. Before that, Zac graduate from Missouri State University with a major in political science and minors in economics and the legal environment of business.

Eugene McCarthy - 3L - Bowerman Fellow

Gene grew up in Tappahannock, Virginia where his time on the Chesapeake Bay and its tributaries instilled a deep appreciation for the natural world. Prior to law school, he earned his bachelor’s degree in Political Science at the University of South Carolina. He has spent both of his summer internships advocating for public lands and landscape conservation, interning with Wilderness Watch his 1L summer and Cascadia Wildlands his 2L summer. Gene hopes to focus his legal career on public lands and protecting ecosystems. In his free time, he is either trail running, fly fishing, or scheming up his next backpacking trip.

Michael O'Neil - 2L - Bowerman Fellow

Michael grew up in Seattle and graduated from Seattle University before heading off to University College Dublin to receive his Master's degree in philosophy. An avid cyclist and hiker, Michael hopes to use his legal education from UO to give back to the environment he cherishes the most - the Northwest.

Hilary Therien - 3L - Bowerman Fellow

Hilary Therien is a native Oregonian who stays up at night thinking about the privatization of water. Before pursuing her JD at UO, she earned a BA in History with minors is Spanish and Philosophy from Oregon State, thus rendering her a platypus. Hilary is passionate about protecting our natural world and all its ecosystems. She wants to show her younger siblings that they should always fight for what they believe in, and hopes her law degree will help her become a better advocate for the planet and for others.

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Archive of the events and scholarship of the CTP.

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