Fall 2023 Fellows
About Juliette: Juliette is a Master of Laws (LLM) student specializing in Environmental & Energy Law, focused on Indigenous rights at GW Law School. She is from Northern California and is an enrolled tribal member of the Klamath Tribes. Juliette is a lawyer, and her work and research is focused on the intersections of Federal Indian Law/Indigenous Rights, Environmental Law, and Animal Law.
About Juliette's project: Juliette will be working with Dean Randall S. Abate (GW Law) and Dr. Sean R. Roberts (Elliott School of International Affairs) to assess the current landscape of advocacy, law, policy, and regulation pertaining to animal law, environmental law, and Indian law/Indigenous rights by conducting analysis that identifies: 1) the current risks/harms impacting the Klamath tribes; 2) what methods, if any, are being used to remedy the contamination; and 3) what innovative legal methods or policy actions the tribes could take. The analysis will culminate in a formatted journal article, highlighting barriers and plausible legal and policy solutions.
About Liz: Liz is a third-year graduate student pursuing her Master's of Professional Studies in Sustainable Urban Planning. As a student, she was awarded the ULI Randall Lewis Health Mentorship Program in 2022, and was SUP Student Organization's treasurer for the 2022-23 school year. Professionally, Liz has grown her career at CPower Energy Management where she started as an Operations Analyst and has now been promoted to Account Management on the Sales team. While working full-time at CPower and attending GWU, Liz also works as a Climate Policy Researcher for Dr. Rachael Jonassen where she actively researches and develops content for Asian Development Bank and UNFCCC.
About Liz's project: Liz will be working with Dr. Matthew Dalbey (College of Professional Studies) and Dr. Jordan R. Kuiper (GWSPH) to collect socio-health data for Eastern Kentucky, specifically Perry County, to investigate rates of suicide, depression, obesity, drug use, teenage pregnancy, food insecurity, and homelessness, placing these health considerations in the context of the decline of the coal economy in Eastern Kentucky (specifically the transition away from coal and towards a more diversified portfolio of natural gas, nuclear, and renewables). The project will culminate in a report that contextualizes the possibility to achieve climate goals and a green economy in a way that is fair and inclusive to all communities, and present recommendations for mitigating health impacts and further economic risks by analyzing the historical boom and bust cycle of the American coal industry.