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Teresa Clemmer talks about the zigzag way

By Teresa Clemmer

The trajectory of my life has always been more of a zigzag than a straight line.

I spent my early years living in San Diego, Miami, Tokyo, and Northern Virginia.  My teenage years were mostly in San Diego with my mom, but my sister and I took extended side trips to Jamaica, Venezuela, and Ecuador to spend time with our dad.  Then I went to college at Princeton in New Jersey, completed a year-long public interest fellowship in the San Francisco area, spent a second year in the Florida Keys, went to law school at Georgetown in Washington, DC, and then moved back to San Francisco cutting my teeth there as a young lawyer. 

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The light always returns: Alaska News Brief June 2023

Earlier this month, I joined my mom on her last—for now—“bucket list” adventure. We took the train to the Canadian Rocky Mountains for two days from Vancouver to Banff, going from an urban landscape and rainforest into high desert into boreal forest. Then we rented a car to spend some time in Lake Louise and Calgary. Stunning! And, because life works this way, I caught a virus at the end of this short-but-sweet trip.… Read More

Joanna is finishing her legal fellowship. She has words.

Two years ago, I left my position as a disability rights attorney to follow a vastly different pursuit —conservation.

It was an exciting and daunting move that has been well worth the transition. The last few years have been packed with professional growth and new perspectives. It’s been incredibly rewarding and I’m finishing my two-year fellowship a better and more inspired advocate.… Read More

Join our team!

We’re looking for a staff attorney, legal director, and communications coordinator We’re hiring folks soon and would love to hear from you. We’re a small, Alaska-based nonprofit law firm that offers legal services to protect the health of Alaska lands, … Read More

From disillusionment to advocacy–my path to environmental law

Growing up, I probably wouldn’t have considered myself an “environmentalist.”

No, I wasn’t a climate denier or serial-litterer. I was always – and still am – a big lover of the outdoors and would have supported anything to protect it!

Rather, I was disillusioned with the conservation and environmental movement as I had perceived it in my hometown of Portland, Oregon, and as I related to it as a person of color. … Read More

An August farewell

By Mackenzie Pope I worked for Trustees for nine months in 2022 doing digital communications work. I didn’t leave because it wasn’t an amazing place to work—it absolutely is an amazing work environment—but because sometimes the right opportunities come along … Read More

Nurturing lawyers to protect Alaska’s and the planet’s future

We know our work goes beyond our issues and lawsuits, and includes supporting and nurturing attorneys who want to pursue work in environmental law now and into the future. Our post-graduate fellowship program allows recent law school graduates or established attorneys to get experience and mentorship in all facets of our work. Here, we share a Q&A with Rachel Briggs, who joined us as a fellow in 2019 and later became a Trustees attorney.… Read More

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