President & Chair
David Hunter is Professor of Law, Director of the International Legal Studies Program, and Director of the Program on International and Comparative Environmental Law at American University’s Washington College of Law. He served as Executive Director of the Center for International Environmental Law, and was an environmental consultant to the Czech and Slovak environmental ministries. He was an environmental associate at the law firm of Skadden, Arps, Slate, Meagher & Flom, and Executive Director of WaterWatch of Oregon. David is a graduate of Harvard Law School, and is co-author of International Environmental Law and Policy (Foundation Press) and Climate Change and the Law (Lexis Nexis Publishing).
Michael Axline is a partner in the Miller, Axline & Sawyer law firm in Sacramento, bringing cutting-edge toxic tort cases involving contamination of public water supply systems. Mike was a law professor at the University of Oregon for more than 15 years before joining Miller, Axline & Sawyer full-time in 2004. Mike founded the Western Environmental Law Center in 1993, a regional public interest environmental law firm with offices in Oregon, New Mexico, and Colorado. Mike filed the first lawsuit on behalf of the endangered spotted owl in the Pacific Northwest and has worked on cases involving endangered species, habitat destruction, water pollution, air pollution, forestry, grazing, toxic substances, pesticides, and other environmental issues. His book, Environmental Citizen Suits, is an invaluable resource for practitioners. Mike is a founder of the ELAW network and consults on ELAW legal projects.
Roanne Bank is a Certified Public Accountant in private practice in Eugene, Oregon, with a focus on tax preparation and consulting for individuals, small businesses, trusts, and estates. She is also co-founder and business manager of Six Degrees Construction Company, which specializes in custom residential projects using sustainable building practices. She previously served on the board of Pacific Rivers Council.
John Bonine has worked to protect the environment through law for 45 years, first at the U.S. Senate, then at the U.S. EPA. Currently, John is a law professor at the University of Oregon and founder of the Environmental Law Clinic at the University. He has focused on building a support system for grassroots environmental lawyers in the U.S. and around the world. He is the author of the books "The Law of Environmental Protection" and "Human Rights and the Environment". John is a founder of ELAW and maintains regular contact with lawyers in the ELAW network and advises on legal projects. John travels widely and introduces ELAW to new advocates.
Maxine Burkett is a Professor of Law at the William S. Richardson School of Law and a Global Fellow at the Woodrow Wilson International Center for Scholars. At Richardson, she teaches Climate Change Law and Policy, Torts, Ocean and Coastal Law, and International Law. She has written extensively in diverse areas of climate change law with a particular focus on climate justice. Professor Burkett has presented her research on the law and policy of climate change throughout the United States and in West Africa, Asia, Europe, and the Caribbean. She has been cited in numerous news and policy outlets, including BBC Radio, the New York Times, the International Business Times, and Nature Climate Change.
Manuela Huso is a Research Statistician with the US Geological Survey and has a courtesy appointment in the Statistics Department at Oregon State University. Her research is directed at developing statistical tools to accurately measure the effects of renewable energy development on wildlife and to design experiments to test novel approaches to reduce those impacts. Before joining the USGS, Manuela was a Peace Corps Volunteer in Burkina Faso and the director of a forestry project in eastern Chad, then spent more than 20 years as a consulting statistician in the college of Forestry at OSU.
Cleven Mmari is the Director of Information Technology Services at the University of Oregon's Division of Student Life. Cleven has worked in higher education IT for 22 years. He studied electrical engineering at the University of Dar-es-Salaam, Tanzania, before transferring to the University of Oregon where he studied Mathematics and Computer Science, and secured a Master's of Public Administration (MPA). Since 2010, Cleven has volunteered with Network Startup Resource Center and conducted IT trainings across Africa. Cleven has been a friend of ELAW and welcomed lawyers from around the world since the mid-90’s.
Monica Moore serves as managing trustee for a small family trust, and advises non-profit and donor organizations. She recently stepped down as Program Director with the CS Fund, where she oversaw the emerging technologies portfolio, and supported social movement analyses and critiques of nanotechnology, synthetic biology and geoengineering. Monica’s extensive experience with environmental, agricultural and social justice organizations includes co-founding the Pesticide Action Network (PAN) International, and establishing and leading the PAN North America regional office for 27 years. She has lived and worked in Latin America and Europe, and served on boards of organizations based in the US and internationally. Monica holds a Master’s degree in wildlands resource science from the University of California at Berkeley, where she conducted research on biological pest control in Cuba.
Jim Offel is interim Executive Director at Congregation Beth El in Berkeley, California. He previously served as interim CEO for the San Francisco Jewish Community Federation, a large operating foundation funding human services, education and culture projects and organizations in the Bay Area, Israel, and around the world. Jim has spent more than 20 years in marketing and operations, including serving as general manager of DCP, a diversified custom content company serving organizations throughout the U.S. In addition to serving on the board of ELAW, Jim has served on the boards of Berkeley Crew, Congregation Beth El, Soquel-Capitola School Board, the Child and Family Therapy Center, and the East Bay Agency for Children.
Scott Pope recently retired from his position as Senior Investment Advisor for Sustainable Wealth Management in Eugene, Oregon -- a firm entirely devoted to socially and environmentally responsible investments. Before founding Sustainable Wealth Management, Scott was a key advisor and helped build the success of Progressive Investment Management of Portland, Oregon. Scott is a Certified Financial Planner and is a member of the Financial Planning Association. In 2005 and 2006, Scott was appointed by Eugene Mayor Kitty Piercy to serve on the Sustainable Business Initiative. Scott formerly served on the board of the Pacific Rivers Council.
Mick Westrick is the Director of Information Technology at the University of Washington's Foster School of Business. Mick has worked in higher ed IT for 25 years, and started his career at University of Oregon prior to relocating to Seattle and UW in 2004. Mick's ties to ELAW go back to the early 90's, when he built our first web server. Mick's other volunteer work includes serving as board president for netCorps and work on the Oregon Country Fair and Seattle's Moisture Festival. Mick is a graduate of UO and lives in Seattle with his partner Bret and their dog, Buster.