Specialties: Climate Change, Climate Change Adaptation, Environmental Law and Policy, Fisheries
Don Gourlie joined COS as an early career law and policy fellow in September of 2014. COS is Don’s first post-law school job. He previously interned with COS in the fall of 2013 and is excited to return and provide legal support in many of the Center’s project areas.
Don’s captivating journey to becoming an early career legal fellow at COS began in New England where he was raised and spent summers at the beach and ocean science summer camps. His love for the oceans led him to the University of Tampa where he earned a dual degree in marine science and biology. In subsequent years, he worked as a fisheries observer, environmental consultant, and aquarium educator before deciding to transition into law and policy. He chose to attend Lewis & Clark Law School where he participated heavily in the environmental law program and undertook several leadership roles within the student body. His law school education provided him with competence in many aspects of ocean and coastal law, including international environmental law, marine wildlife protection, climate change law, environmental decision-making, and administrative law. He hopes his combined knowledge of oceans and the law will serve him well in his interdisciplinary work at COS.
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