Acting Executive Director
Deborah 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] 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
Renata Colwell joined the ELC in January 2018 after completing her JD at UVic Law in 2017. As an ELC Clinic student, she had the opportunity to work at the intersection of environmental and Indigenous legal issues, and prepared a report on the legal personality of natural features. Another highlight of her law school experience was completing a semester in Wellington, New Zealand, where she conducted comparative research on Indigenous land and treaty issues that formed the basis of her major paper. She is grateful to be working in the public interest on beautiful Coast Salish territory.