Powering the Future - Introducing Our 2016 Summer Class

July 14, 2016

It is with great pride that we introduce this year's summer class:

Sophia Amberson
Sophia just completed her second year at the University of Washington School of Law where she is an Associate Editor-in-Chief of the Washington Law Review, President of the Environmental Law Society, Vice President of the Native American Law Student Association, and an executive board member of the Moot Court Honor Board.  Prior to law school, Sophia received both her M.M.A and B.A. in Marine and Environmental Affairs & Policy from the University of Washington and the University of Miami respectively.  Last summer, Sophia interned in the D.C. office of the U.S. Coast Guard, where she worked with the Office of International and Maritime Law on environmental law issues.  When not in the office or at school, Sophia enjoys seaglass hunting, competitive kickball, and trivia.

Claudia Antonacci
Claudia recently completed her second year at Stanford Law School where she is the president of the Environmental Law Journal and a member of Women of Stanford Law. Before attending Stanford, Claudia double majored in Environmental Thought and Practice and Religious Studies at the University of Virginia where she was a Jefferson Scholar and a Lawn Resident. Claudia has experience in both the public and private sector having worked as a Law Clerk for the U.S. Department of Justice, Environment and Natural Resources Division and as a Federal Consultant for Deloitte Consulting. Besides environmental law and policy, Claudia enjoys ranching, Italian cooking, painting, and badminton.

Robert Conrad
Robert is a rising third year law student at the American University Washington College of Law where he is the Treasurer for the Environmental Law Society, Secretary for the Transfer Student Association, Junior Staff Member of Sustainable Development Law & Policy Publication, a member of the Environmental Law Society, and a member of the Black Law Students Association.  Robert spent his first year of law school in his home state of Oklahoma at Oklahoma City University School of Law.  Prior to law school, Robert earned a Bachelor of Landscape Architecture from Oklahoma State University and a Masters of Natural Resources from North Carolina State University, both as a Gates Millennium Scholar.  In his down time, Robert enjoys traveling and distance running.

Elliot Domio
Elliot is a rising second year law student at George Mason University School of Law where he is a member of the Civil Rights Law Journal, Trial Advocacy Association Board, and Black Law Students Association. After graduating from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign with a B.A. in Economics, Elliot spent three years with the United States Navy as a Division Officer on the USS Patriot in Sasebo, Japan. He returned to the U.S. and served two years as an Auxiliaries Officer on the USS Boxer in San Diego before moving to Washington D.C. to work at the Pentagon as an Aide-de-camp for a Marine General. Elliot enjoys running, skiing, and traveling.  He visited thirty countries before the age of thirty.

Jason Perkins
Jason joined the firm for the summer after completing his second year at Stanford Law School where he is enrolled as a joint-degree student in the Emmett Interdisciplinary Program for Environment and Resources, pursuing a concurrent M.S. in environment and resources.  Prior to law school, Jason received a B.A. in history from Carleton College and a Masters of Public Policy from the Goldman School of Public Policy at the University of California, Berkeley.  With a focus on energy and environmental law and policy, Jason has worked as an analyst for the California Public Utilities Commission, and was a Ford Foundation Summer Fellow for the Environmental Defense Fund.  Outside of pursuing a law degree, Jason enjoys exploring the outdoors and reading history.


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