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.
Declan commenced with the EDOWA on January 9 2017 and 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.
Isaac St Clair-Burns
I graduated from Murdoch University in 2015 with First Class Honours in Law. My thesis examined the role of climate change litigation in the regulation of greenhouse gas emissions in Australia and the U.S.
I commenced with the Environmental Defender’s Office of WA as a volunteer in October 2015. I was an inaugural Piddington Justice fellow and completed my Practical Legal Training with the EDO. I was admitted in November 2016 and commenced as a Restricted Practitioner in January 2017.
My litigation experience includes disputes relating to administrative, native title, planning, environmental and mining law.
I am a vice president of the National Environmental Law Association (WA) and play for the Fremantle Hockey Club.
“I began studying law with the hope that I would eventually be in a position to affect environmental change. EDO happens to be the place where this kind of ambition is a tangible reality. While volunteering at EDO I have found that fellow volunteers and staff members are incredibly dedicated, friendly and hard-working. Teamwork comes naturally because everyone involved wants to be here.”
Sarah is a recent Curtin University Law graduate who is currently studying a Master of Environmental Law at the University of Melbourne. Currently completing her Practical Legal Training at EDOWA, she enjoys volunteering at EDOWA due to its exposure to a wide range of environmental issues, great people and crucial contribution to the protection of Western Australia’s environment. In her spare time, Sarah enjoys travelling, scoping out markets and dogspotting.