Deborah Curran is an Associate Professor at the Faculty of Law and the School of Environmental Studies. Focusing primarily on land use law, Deborah has significant experience in analyzing and making recommendations on how local governments approach regulation and planning for environmental protection, particularly in the context of smart growth and ecosystem integrity. For real estate, land use and sustainability law news, follow Deborah on Twitter @DeborahLCurran. (See Deborah’s UVic Law Biography.)
Contact: dlc [at] uvic.ca
Calvin Sandborn, Q.C. is one of BC’s most experienced public interest environmental lawyers. Former counsel to West Coast Environmental Law Association and the Forest Practices Board, Calvin was Associate to the historic Commission on Resources and Environment. He has successfully litigated many high profile cases (particularly in the areas of forestry and endangered species) and instigated broad law reform. In 2011, Calvin was named an Honourary Citizen of the City of Victoria and received the Andrew Thompson Award, BC’s top prize for Environmental Advocacy. He was appointed as Queen’s Counsel in 2017. (UVic Law Biography )
Contact: csandbor [at] uvic.ca
Holly Pattison joined the ELC as its first full-time Paralegal/Program Administrator in 2006 after years of working in law firms and studying writing and photography at UVic. As the hub of the ELC wheel, she teaches file management in the clinic, manages day-to-day operations and communications, maintains the Society’s records, organizes events, and edits and desktops various reports, publications and applications. Part of her role is to share information about public interest environmental law issues with the general public, which she especially likes to do through writing, photography and film.
Contact: elc [at] uvic.ca
Megan Webber joined the ELC in April 2018. While studying history, Megan developed her interest in philanthropy and charitable organizations. She is eager to support collaborative work between UVic Faculty of Law and public organizations and communities and has herself participated in several community projects and volunteer initiatives. Megan is delighted to be back at UVic after having graduated from the university.
Contact: elc.adminassistant [at] uvic.ca
Ruben Tillman graduated from UVic Law in 2019. At UVic, he worked on mining law reform at the ELC clinic, was active in the Environmental Law Club and briefly served as President of the Indigenous Law Club. He is currently on the board of the Action Committee of People with Disabilities and a regular volunteer at Our Place Society. Before coming to the ELC he articled at The Law Centre. Ruben hopes to work in public interest law once he becomes a real lawyer.
Contact: elc.articledstudent [at] uvic.ca
Alexandra Powell is a second year student at UVic. Born and raised in Vancouver, she developed a love for the natural world and spending time outdoors. This led her to complete a Bachelor of Arts in Environmental Studies and Political Science at UVic. Her coursework inspired her to pursue a career dedicated to social and environmental justice. Alexandra likes to volunteer with ecological restoration projects and spend time hiking and camping with family and friends. She is a member of the ELCS Board and Club.