Colin A. Kelly
Class of 2009
Staff Attorney at Orange County Coastkeepers, Costa Mesa, CA
How long have you been involved with this area of practice and what made you initially interested in this area?
I have been interested in the field of environmental law since I was an undergraduate student at the University of Oregon. I would travel from the University to other parts of the state and see large areas of clear cut forests. Witnessing the total destruction of an ecosystem shocked me into developing a pretty sharp environmental consciousness. I left Oregon with a Political Science degree and a dedication to ensure that if people needed to withdraw resources from the environment that we did so in a responsible way that ensures their long term and healthy preservation. I earned my Juris Doctorate from Whittier Law School in 2009 after enrolling in every environmental and natural resource law course offered and resurrecting the Environmental Law Society, which I was elected President for my final two years at Whittier.