Due to our limited funding, there aren’t many of us. But what we lack in numbers we make up in enthusiasm and knowledge!
Supported by a strong team of volunteers, we are working hard to protect the WA environment.
Commences 9 January 2017.
Declan is one of Western Australia’s most respected environmental lawyers with a distinguished record of service to community and civil society organisations. Through his professional legal experience, Declan has a detailed understanding of all aspects of environmental law, including environmental impact assessment, water management, biodiversity conservation, climate change, Aboriginal heritage, mining and land access, and human rights.
His professional work has been recognized for its community value. In 2002, he was awarded the Freehills Jerry Knowles Award for outstanding work as a junior lawyer combined with a significant contribution to the community and the law. Declan has published in legal and professional journal publications, presented at State and national conferences, and contributed lectures to the postgraduate courses in environmental law at the University of Western Australia.
Practising since 2003, Shayla has more than a decade of experience working in community legal centres, as a solicitor, Principal Solicitor and a Chief Executive Officer.
She has extensive litigation experience across both state and federal jurisdictions and a expansive knowledge of a range of jurisdictions. Her skills in management, governance, policy, procedures and not for profit management are extensive. She has worked in both the private, government and not for profit arenas and also served on a number of local and national Boards, experience which has ensured she has the relevant experience to ensure that an organisation is run efficiently and professionally.
Her commitment to the legal profession in Western Australia was recognised when awarded the Lawyer of the Year Award in 2012 for her outstanding contribution to the WA legal profession. Shayla is working part time for EDOWA until our new Principal Solicitor, Declan Doherty, commences in 2017.
Isaac St Clair-Burns
Isaac graduated from Murdoch University in 2015 with First Class Honours in Law. His thesis examined the role of Climate Change litigation in the regulation of greenhouse gas emissions in Australia and the U.S.
Isaac commenced with EDOWA as a volunteer in October 2015. He was an inaugural Piddington Justice fellow and completed his Practical Legal Training with EDOWA and continues to assist as a paralegal from August 2016. He was admitted in the Supreme Court of WA on November four 2016 and will commence his role as a Restricted Practitioner with EDOWA from Jan 2016.
He has experience working with Native Title, Planning and Environmental Law including reviewing the Quinlan Report in response to the Supreme Court’s invalidation of the EPA’s decisions to approve the Roe 8 highway extension. He is also a member of the National Environmental Lawyers Association
Casual Administration Officer
Steph joined the EDO in November 2016 as a casual administration officer. Steph comes to us with almost a decade of administration and reception experience.
She loves exploring nature with her husband and two young boys. They enjoy escaping to the south of WA in their family holiday house in Northcliffe, enjoying the majestic forests and rivers of the region.