Apollonia-Rose-GoecknerI decided I wanted to be an environmental attorney when I was still in high school in my home state, Illinois. After completing my B.A. in Classical studies at the University of Illinois, I followed my dreams to Oregon. Oregon was my first choice not only because of their reputation in environmental law, but it is a place where opportunities to enjoy the beautiful natural landscape abound. One of the issues that particularly interested me during my undergraduate studies and move to Oregon was wolf recovery in the West. When I was working PIELC my first year of law school, I found myself talking to a man who would later give me my first internship in Oregon. That summer, I worked as an intern for Oregon Wild doing advocacy and policy work on wolf recovery in Oregon. Summer 2013, I worked in the Portland Office of the Center for Biological Diversity as a law clerk focusing on litigation. Additionally, I was a FLAW stipend recipient for my most recent work with the Center. I am proud to be part of Land Air Water not only because the PIELC conference is such an amazing opportunity for environmental collaboration, but because I am surrounded by colleagues who will effectuate great change for our Earth’s future.