Colin O’Brien was born and raised in McAlester, Oklahoma. Growing up in rural Oklahoma, he gained a great appreciation for nature and a life-long desire to ensure its protection for current and future generations. Later, Colin graduated with a B.S. in Biology from the University of Central Oklahoma and performed a variety of ecological and environmental research during his time in university. His work during university made him realize the need for environmental lawyers to fight to protect nature and inspired him to attend University of Oregon School of Law. In addition to his fellowship with the ENR Center, Colin is a board member for the Public Interest Environmental Law Conference and Staff Editor on the Journal of Environmental Law and Litigation.