Hannah Askew - Staff Counsel
Hannah Askew is a part of West Coast Environmental Law’s Aboriginal and Natural Resources law team. She is passionate about working at the intersection of Indigenous law and environmental protection.
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Deborah Carlson - Staff Counsel
Deborah is responsible for our Green Communities program. She’s committed to working collaboratively with communities in BC to develop legal tools and law reform proposals that support healthy, low-impact urban areas with vibrant connections to the natural environment, and strong citizen engagement.
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Jessica Clogg - Executive Director and Senior Counsel
Jessica Clogg is West Coast’s Executive Director and Senior Counsel and heads up our work on Aboriginal and natural resource law. Jessica first joined West Coast in 1995 as a student, and also served as a board member before becoming staff counsel in 1999. Jessica has said that she does the work she does “because she loves the land, and because she believes in justice.”
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Barbara Everdene - Project Manager - Environmental Dispute Resolution Fund
Barb is the Project Manager for the Environmental Dispute Resolution Fund. Barb works with individuals, communities and environmental groups to develop legal strategies to protect the environment in BC.
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Andrew Gage - Staff Counsel and EDRF Liaison Lawyer
Andrew oversees the Climate Change and Environmental Legal Aid Programs and is lead author for the Environmental Law Alert blog. He enjoys playing the violin, gardening and sailing.
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Ceciline Goh - Office Administrator
Ceciline is the Office Administrator at West Coast Environmental Law. She is in charge of the organization’s bookkeeping and general administration. As West Coast’s longest serving employee Ceciline is also, unofficially, the organization’s Memory Keeper.
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Lucy Hough - Director of Development
Lucy was thrilled to join the team at West Coast in 2008 as Director of Development as she aligns closely with West Coast’s vision that environmental protection must be enshrined in law. Lucy is inspired by the supporters of West Coast and honoured to help them take action on their own passion for the environment and to make the world a better place through philanthropy.
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Anna Johnston - Staff Counsel
Anna’s work at West Coast focuses on developing and advancing law reform proposals and practical solutions related to environmental assessment law and federal environmental law rollbacks.
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Eugene Kung - Staff Counsel
Eugene joined West Coast Environmental Law in 2014 as part of the Aboriginal and Natural Resources Law team to work on Tar Sands, Tankers and Pipelines. He is passionate about human rights, social justice and environmental justice and strives to use the law as a tool for social change.
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Gavin Smith - Staff Counsel
Gavin is a part of West Coast’s Aboriginal and natural resources law team. He is passionate about pushing for reform of the systems of environmental governance in British Columbia and Canada in order to manage our shared environmental heritage in a way that truly evaluates and responds to the cumulative effects of human development and accounts for the crucial role of Indigenous governance in that process.
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Ashley Webster - Communications Assistant and Database Manager
Ashley is an enthusiastic generalist, always learning and always trying to see problems from many sides in an effort to help people and organizations make continual progress. Ashley has a Bachelor’s degree in Justice Studies from Royal Roads University and is currently completing a Master’s degree in Urban Studies at Simon Fraser University.
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Visiting Lawyers, Summer Law Students, Pro Bono Law Students, and Legal Interns
Interns from previous years can be seen here.
Each year, West Coast Environmental Law welcomes a number of Summer Law Students, pro bono law students who volunteer during the school year, as well as legal interns and visiting lawyers who may already have completed law school and are practicing in Canada or in other countries. We also work with interns who contribute to West Coast's communications and development initiatives. We couldn’t do our work without them!
Ana joins West Coast Environmental Law after finishing her first year of law school at the University of British Columbia. At school she volunteers with the Environmental Law Group and the Law Students Legal Advice Program. Prior to pursuing law, Ana received her degree in Environmental Sciences from UBC, was on the executive of Friends of the UBC Farm and the UBC Bike Co-op, did coursework in Aboriginal Studies at Langara, and worked as a lab technician, bicycle mechanic, and brewer's assistant. She looks forward to many summer adventures and to learning more about the intersection of environmental and Aboriginal law.
Margot is a recent LLM CL graduate from UBC. Prior to pursuing a legal education, she was a science and English literature teacher, teaching both locally and abroad. Since childhood, she has loved being in nature and, now, she wants to help conserve our environment for future generations. Her particular interests are addressing climate change, protecting our sensitive rivers and oceans and looking out for fish. She looks forward to the invaluable mentorship and inspiration she will gain from working with the dedicated West Coast Environmental Law staff this summer.
Catherine just completed her first year at Osgoode Hall Law School where she is focusing her studies in the areas of Aboriginal and environmental law. This past year, Catherine completed coursework and extracurricular projects related to Aboriginal social and legal issues, and she is also a student editor for Transnational Legal Theory, an academic legal journal based at Osgoode. Prior to law school, Catherine completed a bachelor’s degree at Simon Fraser University, where she also volunteered and worked with several social justice and public interest organizations.
When not engaged in law-related activities, Catherine enjoys spending time cycling, gardening, hiking, and generally doing anything active or outdoors. After Catherine completes her law degree in Toronto, she intends to return home to Vancouver to pursue her legal career, garden and spend time with her bike.
Robyn recently graduated from UBC Faculty of Law (JD) and has a keen interest in Aboriginal and Environmental law. This stems both from her Aboriginal ancestry and BC roots. Robyn strives to play a positive role in the ever-evolving conversation between First Nations, governments and industry within BC. She looks forward to gaining practical experience from working at WCEL this summer. Particularly, Robyn is interested in gaining a better understanding of the legal issues First Nations in British Columbia face when confronted with natural resource development proposals that will adversely impact their lives and livelihood; which are inherently tied to the land itself.
Tosh has completed his third year in the combined JD/MES (urban planning) program at Osgoode Hall Law School and the Faculty of Environmental Studies at York University. He has an Honours BSc (physical and environmental geography) from the University of Toronto. At law school, Tosh is a senior editor for the Osgoode Hall Law Journal and a Dean’s Fellow in State & Citizen. He is also a Teaching Assistant at the Faculty of Environmental Studies. Previously, Tosh worked as a research coordinator and GIS analyst at the Centre for Research on Inner City Health at St. Michael’s Hospital and was a GIS analyst and research consultant for Toronto Food Strategy, at the City of Toronto. Tosh is excited to contribute his diverse legal and urban planning background to West Coast Environmental Law's Green Communities programs this summer. In his spare time, he looks forward to mountain biking in BC's beautiful coast mountains.
Elizabeth is Inuk from Labrador (Nunatsiavut). She has an undergraduate degree in political science and international development from Dalhousie University and she is entering into her third year of law at the University of Victoria in the fall of 2014. Elizabeth has an interest in working first hand with legal issues that impact Indigenous people in Canada, with an interest in working in the aboriginal/environmental legal field in the future. The work which she is embarking on with West Coast Environmental Law will assist her in better understanding how Indigenous peoples in BC respond to natural resource development within their traditional unceded territories.