Whittier Law School alumnus Curtis Morrison ’16 recently accepted a position at Our Children’s Trust, an Oregon environmental non-profit dedicated to “elevating the voice of youth to secure the legal right to a stable climate and healthy atmosphere for the benefit of all present and future generations.”
In addition to being named Whittier Law School’s 2016 Outstanding Environmental Law graduate, Morrison took advantage of opportunities provided by Whittier Law School, including an externship with Superior Court Judge Roy Paul, participating in Whittier Law Review, and seeking out outside opportunities like the Southern California Public Interest/Public Sector Career Day hosted at UCLA (co-sponsored by WLS and other Southern California-area law schools), and the Public Interest Environmental Law Conference (PIELC), which resulted in an externship that ultimately turned into a full-time job with Our Children’s Trust.
When asked if he had any advice for students, Curtis stated, “WLS totally prepared me for the legal component of my job, but I think it’s vital for students to realize, early on, that the burden is on them to take the initiative to seek out opportunities, both on campus and especially in the real world. I think the most valuable preparation WLS provided me were the 1L and 2L Legal Writing courses. Skills like legal research, and writing a memo, complaint, or motion for summary judgment, are not intuitive. They’re skills that take practice to develop.”
Morrison currently supports staff attorneys with factual research for their landmark federal climate case, and assists with the non-profit’s communications and social media to champion the work of their youth climate advocates.
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