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

Jack Anderson - 2L - Bowerman Fellow 

Jack grew up running, snorkeling, and surfing along Southern Californian Marine protected areas where he fostered his interest in marine conservation. While he earned his bachelor’s degree in history at the University of California Irvine, Jack worked as a Public Programs Instructor at the Ocean Institute where he led tidepool hikes, kayak tours, and squid dissections. Jack also served as a Blue Frontier Campaign fellow in Washington D.C., where he organized a non-profit run to raise awareness and funds for marine policy issues. During his first year of law school, Jack helped organize the University of Oregon's Public Interest Environmental Law Conference. Jack is a passionate advocate of marine conservation and hopes to one day practice oceans and coastal law. 

Grace Brahler -3L - Bowerman Fellow 

Grace was born and raised in Lawrence, Kansas. She first moved to the Piedmont region of North Carolina to play Division II golf and began studying math and environmental science. She later transferred to Texas A&M University–Corpus Christi to study post-oil spill restoration efforts and conservation programs targeting endangered sea turtles and whooping cranes. In law school, Grace has expanded on her love of water as an intern for coastal Lincoln County and the Oregon Clean Water Action Project. She loves hiking and exploring new places—especially the beautiful watersheds of the Pacific Northwest—and hopes to use her legal knowledge to promote meaningful ecosystem protection and sustainable water management.

Marika Sitz  - 2L - Bowerman Fellow 

Marika was born and raised in Eastern Oregon. She attended Stanford University and graduated in 2015 with a degree in Human Biology, concentrating in Food and Agriculture Systems. After graduation, Marika spent a year working at Stanford's Bill Lane Center for the American West. At the Lane Center, she advanced her understanding of a number of natural resources issues, including the challenges of managing water resources in the Western US. She returned to her native northeastern Oregon in 2017 to accept a fellowship with the Oregon Water Coalition, a nonprofit organization focused on water and agriculture outreach and communication. Marika hopes to focus her legal career on water and natural resources issues.

Megan Sweeney- 1L - Chapin Clark Fellow

Megan was born and raised in Jupiter, Florida. Living 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. Working so closely with endangered species and learning about the importance of natural resource management inspired Megan to pursue a career in Environmental Law.

Summary Sheet

Archive of the events and scholarship of the OCWP.

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