Mike Axline is a partner in the Sacramento-based law firm Miller, Axline & Sawyer, specalializing in toxic tort cases which concern public water supply system contamination. He previously taught law at the University of Oregon for more than fifteen years. He serves on the Board of Directors of the Environmental Law Alliance Worldwide.

John Bonine is a law professor at the University of Oregon School of Law and director of the LL.M. program in Environmental and Natural Resources Law. He worked for the U.S. Senate and EPA before teaching. At Oregon, Bonine launched the United States’s first environmental law clinic. He has co-authored two textbooks, The Law of Environmental Protection and Human Rights and the Environment, the latter with his wife, Svitlana Kravchenko. Bonine serves on the Advisory Board for Environment-People-Law, an international public interest environmental law organization based in Lviv, Ukraine.

Axline and Bonine co-founded the Western Environmental Law Center, the Environmental Law Alliance Worldwide, and the Public Interest Environmental Law Conference.