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Jamie Pleune

J.D., LL.M

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Sixteen years ago, Jamie walked through the door of her first public interest environmental job—a policy intern at the Nature Conservancy in Salt Lake City, Utah.  From that beginning, she went on to intern with the Sierra Club, earn her law degree at the University of Utah, clerk for the Utah Supreme Court, work as a fellow at Georgetown Law’s environmental law clinic, direct the environmental law clinic at the University of Utah, and engage in private practice as a general litigation attorney. 


In her personal time, she facilitated the efforts of climate change advocacy groups, and sat on the boards of several environmental groups.  She  litigated in state and federal courts and before the Utah Supreme Court.  She has helped environmental groups at every stage of advocacy--from organizing marches to drafting legislation to strategic litigation.

In 2016, she took a break from the legal world to gain an alternative perspective.  After earning her commercial helicopter license, she flew tours in the L.A. Basin.  Ultimately, her path led to a small town on the west coast of Vancouver Island in British Columbia. 

Along the way, her heart brought her back to environmental advocacy.  Knowing first-hand the challenges of short deadlines, small staff, and big environmental problems, she founded S.W.E.L.L. to augment the capacity of environmental groups facing the environmental challenges of our era.  

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