Oceans, Coasts, and Watersheds Project

Building on the law school's rich heritage in both ocean and coastal law and water law, the Ocean, Coasts, and Watersheds Project explores cutting-edge issues in both marine and freshwater environments. 

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OCWP Fellows

Jessica Butt - 3L - Bowerman Fellow 

Jess grew up outdoors in all four corners of the U.S. After one year at the National University of Costa Rica, she settled into the California redwoods to play Division II soccer at Humboldt State University. She graduated in 2013 with degrees in Anthropology, Spanish, and Environmental Ethics. Over the next five years, Jess guided in nineteen countries on four continents, from leading volcano treks in Guatemala and train-hopping in Vietnam, to teaching survival skills in the Utah desert. In law school, she worked as a Legal Intern for Cascadia Wildlands and the Oregon Department of Fish and Wildlife. Jess is a Wayne Morse Fellow and Co-Director of Land Air Water Environmental Law Society, and is focused primarily on Indian and water law.

Mariah Ellis -2L - Bowerman Fellow 

Mariah's  interest in the oceans began when she was younger upon hearing the legend of the first killer whale. From there, she became obsessed with learning everything she could about the oceans and the wildlife within. She went to Coastal Carolina University (Conway, SC) where she majored in Marine Science with a minor in Biology. She did research within all the different concentrations of Marine Science, including Chemistry, Biology, Geology, and Physical Oceanography. She assisted with the Shark and Dolphin research projects, concentrating on population densities and their correlation with climate change. This past summer she was a research assistant on the Ocean, Coasts, and Watersheds project with Professor Adams-Schoen and the ENR center.

Lindsey Hutchison  - 3L - Bowerman Fellow 

Lindsey was born and raised in Santa Cruz, California. She attended Smith College where she majored in Government and minored in Jewish Studies and Environmental Science & Policy. After graduation Lindsey participated in two AmeriCorps programs: the Watershed Stewards Program and CalServes, where she worked in habitat restoration for anadromous fish species at Grassroots Ecology and was a volunteer coordinator at the UC Santa Cruz Arboretum & Botanic Garden. Lindsey then spent a year as an environmental educator, working for the Coastal Watershed Council. Since starting law school, Lindsey has interned with the Environmental Law Foundation and Advocates for the West. At the law school, she is a co-director for Land Air Water and is a member of the Jewish Law Student Association and OUTLaws. Lindsey hopes to focus her legal career on water conservation and restoration.

Colin O'Brien- 2L - Bowerman Fellow

Colin was born and raised in McAlester, Oklahoma. Growing up in rural Oklahoma, he gained a great appreciation for nature and a life-long desire to ensure its protection for current and future generations. Later, Colin graduated with a B.S. in Biology from the University of Central Oklahoma and performed a variety of ecological and environmental research during his time in university. His work during university made him realize the need for environmental lawyers to fight to protect nature and inspired him to attend University of Oregon School of Law. In addition to his fellowship with the ENR Center, Colin is a board member for the Public Interest Environmental Law Conference and Staff Editor on the Journal of Environmental Law and Litigation.

Megan Sweeney- 2L - Bowerman Fellow

Megan was born and raised in Jupiter, Florida. Scuba diving, snorkeling, and hiking in a state with unique ecosystems such as everglades and coral reefs shaped Megan into an environmentally conscious individual. Growing up she worked with a local sea turtle hospital (Loggerhead Marinelife Center) and a terrestrial animal hospital (Busch Wildlife Sanctuary). She attended the University of Florida and graduated in 2018 with a BS in Marine Science with minors in Mathematics and Wildlife Ecology and Conservation. After graduation she worked as an intern at JLA Geosciences, a hydrogeological contracting firm where she learned the importance of sustainable water and land management. During her first year of law school, Megan helped organize the University of Oregon's Public Interest Environmental Law Conference through her position as a 1L Representative in the Land Air Water Environmental Law Society. In her second year, she will be continuing her leadership in Land Air Water as a Co-Conference Director. During the summer of 2020 she worked for the U.S. House of Representatives Committee on Energy and Commerce. Working so closely with endangered species and learning about the importance of sustainable science-based policy inspired Megan to pursue a career in Environmental Law.

Summary Sheet

Archive of the events and scholarship of the OCWP.

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