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ELPP Fellows 2023-2024 

Sierra Deak - 2L

Sierra Deak

Sierra grew up in San Diego with a family who loved traveling and exploring natural spaces. Her love of outdoor activities and the natural world greatly influenced her interest in the life sciences and environmental conservation. While at UC Santa Barbara, Sierra pursued a B.S. in Cellular Biology and a B.A. in Philosophy and worked in a research lab studying a protein involved in cancer cell activity. While she will always have a passion for biology, her study of philosophy of ethics and policy inspired her to pursue a public interest legal career as a way to effect positive societal change. 

Sierra joined several public interest organizations during her first year at Oregon Law, including OLSPIF (Oregon Law Students Public Interest Fund), Land Air Water, and the St. Vincent de Paul tenant education volunteer program. She then had the opportunity to work with the environmental law nonprofit, Our Children's Trust, where she assisted attorneys with climate litigation research. Sierra is excited to further explore environmental law and policy as an Energy Law and Policy Project fellow this year. 

Jessie Gardner - 3L

Jessie Gardner

Jessie is from San Diego, California. She received her B.A. in Sustainability with a Certificate in Public Law from San Diego State University in 2021. While studying at SDSU, Jessie interned for the University of San Diego School of Law's Energy Policy Initiatives Center. There, she analyzed California climate change and energy usage policy. In 2020, Jessie received the Volunteer of the Year Award for her work to support Ecolife Conservation, a non-profit organization focused on sustainable agriculture and community-based conservation. 

Since coming to Oregon Law, Jessie has served as a 1L Representative for Land Air Water, Co-Director of the 2023 Public Interest Environmental Law Conference, and Certified Law Clerk for the California Attorney General's Office. She is currently an Oregon Law ambassador, the Student Animal Legal Defense Fund Vice President, Co-Director of Land Air Water, and Articles Editor for the Journal of Environmental Law and Litigation. Jessie is thrilled to work as an Energy Law and Policy Project Fellow this year. 

Chloe Harvell - 2L

Chloe Harvell

Chloe Harvell grew up in northern Utah, a place that taught her to love the open spaces of the West. She received her bachelor's degree in Wildlife Ecology and Management and fostered a deep love for birds through her studies at Utah State University. A 2L, Chloe was a fellow with the Environmental and Natural Resources Law Center's Conservation Trust Project during her first year at Oregon Law.

Chloe is interested in public interest lawyering and its intersection with the environment. She interned with Project Coyote, a nonprofit dedicated to advocating for ethical wildlife management, during her 1L summer. As an ELPP Fellow, she is excited to dive into energy law and see how it plays into her legal education. When she gets the chance, Chloe enjoys biking, crafting, and playing video games.

Todd Newmister - 3L

Todd Newmister

Todd was born and raised in Toledo, Ohio. He attended the University of Toledo, where he majored in Environmental Sciences and minored in Political Science. At the University of Toledo, Todd learned about the complexities of many climate change causes. He enrolled in the University of Oregon School of Law with the hopes of specializing in environmental law. Upon receiving his juris doctorate Todd plans to work in a field that allows him to promote water quality and sustainable water use. This past summer, he worked as a research fellow for the Oregon Department of Fish and Wildlife's Habitat Division. In his free time, Todd likes to read, hike, and play Dungeons and Dragons with his friends. 

Brenton Riddle - 1L

Brenton Riddle

Brenton grew up in southwest Washington. At the University of Washington, he earned three degrees: B.A. in International Studies, B.A. in Comparative History of Ideas, and B.S. in Environmental Science and Resource Management. Brenton's research in developing and maintaining critical energy and water infrastructure blended all three of these disciplines together while integrating his love of cultural learning and exchange. As a lead researcher for his group capstone titled "European Defense: Strategic Choices for 2030," Brenton investigated and made recommendations to improve the defense and resiliency of critical infrastructure in the European Union, with particular attention to the electricity grid and communications systems. While serving as the Pacific NorthWest Economic Region (PNWER) energy and environment intern, Brenton oversaw the coordination of several expert panels for the annual regional conference bringing together business leaders and policymakers working toward shared goals. 

Before joining the flock at Oregon Law, Brenton backpacked across much of Europe and Central America -- exploring nature and exchanging culture with other travelers. On the weekends, you can find Brenton hiking with friends, playing soccer, and hosting board game nights.