Acting Executive Director

Deb-Curran-2011Deborah Curran is an Assistant Professor at the Faculty of Law & 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]


Legal Director

Sandborn-Calvin_HPP0087Calvin Sandborn 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. (UVic Law Biography )

Contact: csandbor [at]


Paralegal Administrator

Pattison-HHolly 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]


Articled Student

Savannah Carr-Wilson joined the ELC in August 2017, after completing an international master’s degree in environmental sciences, policy, and management, specializing in renewable energy. She graduated from UVic Law in 2015, receiving the David Roberts Prize in Legal Writing for her major paper about Indigenous water rights in BC. A highlight of her time at law school was researching fracking and pipeline issues as an ELC Clinic Intensive Stream student. Savannah has worked internationally with the United Nations Economic Commission for Europe’s Water Convention Secretariat, and within Canada at Ecojustice and POLIS. Savannah has lived in eight countries, travelled to 40 countries, and returned to the West Coast as her favorite place in the world.