2022 Summer Legal Interns

Natalie Gillard

Natalie was born in northern California where she grew up backpacking and hiking in the Sierra Nevada and Cascade mountain ranges. She graduated from the University of Colorado at Boulder with a B.A. in Physical Geography and Ecology and Evolutionary Biology. She then earned a M.S. in Watershed Science from Utah State University. Natalie then worked for the U.S. Geological Survey at the Oklahoma-Texas Water Science Center, where her focus was groundwater sustainability. She started at the University of Oregon School of Law in Fall 2021. When Natalie isn’t working, she enjoys running, backpacking, rafting, and just being outside. 

Kara Parker

Kara grew up in Seattle and graduated from the University of Washington with a B.S. in Biology. She also received a Graduate Certificate in Sustainability from Portland State University. Kara spent time working as a ski instructor and rock climbing guide in Oregon and Colorado. She is now pursuing her J.D. at Lewis & Clark Law School while still finding time to adventure in the mountains of the Pacific Northwest. 

Maddie Reese

Maddie was born and raised in northern California and graduated with a degree in English from the University of Washington in Seattle. She first pursued a career as a journalist before realizing she needed to pursue her passion for environmental conservation. Before moving to Eugene to pursue her J.D. at the University of Oregon School of Law, she lived in Southern Nevada, where she worked as a newspaper reporter. In her free time when she’s not outside hiking or running, you can find her listening to music with her husband and cuddling with her cats, Mesa and Cinna.

Victoria Whalen

Victoria was born and raised as a Georgia peach but has family ties in Upstate New York. She attended Marymount Manhattan College in New York City where she graduated with a double BA in Biology & Urban and Environmental Sustainability. She also received a minor in law and ethics. Before attending law school at the University of Oregon in the fall of 2021, she worked with two climate justice organizations in New York and is now the Social Media Intern with Action for the Climate Emergency. When she isn’t busy you can find Victoria playing with her new puppy, going to the movies, and exploring what the PNW has to offer.