2015 Legal Interns Arrive to Learn and Work
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2015 Summer Interns Arrive to Learn and Work

Each year interns arrive to spend their summer with Trustees for Alaska. They conduct legal research, draft pleadings, participate in client meetings and assist with litigation. Interns provide critical legal support to Trustees at the same time as they gain valuable on the ground legal experience. Each one has a story to tell:

2015 summer interns left to right: Kat Fiedler, Michael Harvey, and Nicole Budine.

2015 summer interns left to right: Kat Fielder, Michael Harvey, and Nicole Budine.

MICHAEL HARVEY joins Trustees as a rising third-year law student at the University of Washington School of Law (UW), where he is completing his J.D. and pursuing a concurrent L.L.M. degree in Sustainable International Development. At UW Michael has served as a Pro Bono Coordinator for the Environmental Law Society and is currently a Comment Editor for the Washington International Law Journal. He spent last summer working on endangered species issues for the Wildlands Network, a non-profit conservation organization in Seattle. He grew up in Seattle, and received a B.A. in History from Gonzaga University in 2013, minoring in Philosophy and Italian. On joining Trustees for this summer, he had this to say:

“I am thrilled to be spending my summer defending Alaska’s environment with such a talented and creative group of dedicated attorneys. The natural wealth and beauty of our country’s wildest state are of incomparable value, and I am proud to contribute to the fight to preserve it. I have always wanted to spend time in Alaska, and as an avid hiker and backpacker I cannot wait to explore everything the Alaska landscape has to offer. I have no doubt the adventure will be an incredible experience.”

KAT FIEDLER is pursuing a joint degree with Pace Law School (JD) and the Yale School of Forestry and Environmental Studies (Masters in Environmental Management). At Pace Law School, she is a Research and Writing Editor for the Pace Environmental Law Review and served as President of the Environmental Law Society. Prior to coming to Trustees, she interned with Our Children’s Trust in Eugene, OR. Before law school, Kat attended Lewis and Clark College where she double majored in Environmental Studies and Biology. She then spent several years in Portland conducting research for the U.S. Forest Service, working on community outreach and sustainability issues with the City of Portland, writing grants for the Portland Fruit Tree Project, and working at the farmers market. Kat plans to return to the Pacific Northwest upon completion of her two academic programs.

“Trustees represents the work I hope to pursue in my career, and the quality of people I hope to work with. I fell in love with the wildness of Alaska on a river trip down the Tatshenshini and Alsek Rivers last summer and Alaska is the best place to study the complexities of natural resource law. I am thrilled for the opportunity to learn in and explore this amazing state!”

NICOLE BUDINE is a rising third year law student at the University of Oregon School of Law. She spent her previous summer working with Oregon Wild. In law school she has volunteered for the Public Interest Environmental Law Conference and participated in the Environmental Law Clinic. She is a member of Land Air Water and the UO Chapter of the National Lawyers Guild, and co-director of the UO Chapter of the Student Animal Legal Defense Fund. Before law school, she attended St. John’s University where she graduated with a B.S. in Biology and minors in Chemistry and Environmental Science.

“I am excited and honored to be spending my summer working with the wonderful attorneys at Trustees and contributing to the important work Trustees does defending Alaska’s environment. Having an experience with public interest environmental law early on in my legal career will be immensely helpful for pursuing similar work in the future. It is my first time in Alaska, and I plan to get out and explore often! The landscape is beautiful and I would love to see some amazing animals while I’m here.”


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