Ryan Shaening Pokrasso (2011)
Fellowship Year: 2011
Academic Background: UC Berkeley School of Law - JD 2013- (Law/Environmental Law)
Current Position: Social Justice Student Network Coordinator , Thelton E. Henderson Center for Social Justice
Ryan Shaening Pokrasso is a J.D. candidate at the University of California, Berkeley School of Law, where he is a leader of Students for Economic and Environmental Justice and a board member for the Ecology Law Quarterly journal. In the 2011-12 academic year, he worked with students, faculty, and legal practitioners to establish a student run Environmental Justice Clinic (the Environmental Justice Workshop) to provide pro bono legal services to communities disproportionately impacted by irresponsible business practices and to promote community-driven sustainable economic development in the Bay Area and California Central Valley. Ryan is currently the Social Justice Student Network (SJSN) Coordinator through the Thelton E. Henderson Center for Social Justice at Berkeley Law School. In his position as SJSN Coordinator, Ryan ensures that all of the various social and environmental justice student organizations work together and have the resources they need to pursue their mission. In the summer of 2011, Ryan worked as a Law Fellow for Accountability Counsel where he supported indigenous communities in Peru and Mexico impacted by large energy projects paid for by international financial institutions. In the spring, 2012 semester Ryan served as a Law Clerk for Shute, Mihaly & Weinberger LLP where he supported litigation on environmental issues on behalf of community groups, government agencies, and municipalities. In the summer of 2012, Ryan worked as a Law Clerk for U.S. Senator Dianne Feinstein's Senate Judiciary Committee office. Prior to law school, Ryan was the Program Director for a non-profit organization in New Mexico focused on environmental justice issues on tribal lands, including successfully fighting the development of a fourth coal plant in the area. He organized with diverse communities including ranchers, local business owners, youth advocates, public health professionals, and environmental organizations to support New Mexico's cap on carbon emissions. In 2009, he helped author, lobby for, and pass the New Mexico Green Jobs Act to provide funding for training programs in sustainable industries for disadvantaged individuals and families. Ryan received a Bachelors of Science in Ecology and Evolutionary Biology at the University of California Santa Cruz and participated in a conservation biology field project focused on eradicating invasive species from Rat Island in the Aleutian Islands, Alaska.
Expertise: Environmental Policy & Law, Environmental Justice, Energy & Climate Change
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