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 Doherty

    Principal Solicitor

    Declan Doherty

    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.

  • Victoria Sozzi


    Victoria Sozzi

    Victoria first began volunteering at EDOWA in 2016. In 2017 she graduated from the University of Notre Dame, and completed her Practical Legal Training at EDOWA. Victoria was admitted to practice in November 2018.

    At EDOWA, Victoria enjoys working on key environmental advices, cases and law reform projects. Victoria is extremely passionate about protecting and preserving the natural environment, and spends a lot of her free time at the beach.

  • Sarah Flynne


    Sarah Flynne

    Sarah was admitted to practice in June 2018. She graduated from Curtin University in 2017 and is currently studying a Master of Environmental Law at the University of Melbourne. Before commencing as a law graduate Sarah completed her Practical Legal Training and volunteered at EDOWA for some time.

    Sarah loves working 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 dog-spotting.

  • Ruby Hamilton


    Ruby Hamilton

    Ruby Hamilton graduated from the UWA Juris Doctor in 2017. She completed her Practical Legal Training at EDOWA in 2018 and was admitted to practice in December 2018.

    Ruby enjoys working with the passionate EDOWA team on a wide range of legal matters, especially public interest litigation, environmental law reform, and administrative review of government action. Outside of work, Ruby can be found swimming laps or optimistically supporting the Fremantle Dockers.

  • Rebecca Chapple


    Rebecca Chapple

    Rebecca is a qualified Bookkeeper and BAS agent with a passion for conservation who loves using her skills to contribute to the EDO’s work.  Outside of work she loves to travel and spend time in nature when not running around after her three year old son.

  • Emiko Watanabe

    Office Manager

    Emiko Watanabe

    Emiko is currently studying her Bachelor of Laws at Murdoch University and has been a volunteer at EDOWA since April 2017 before taking on the Office Manager role in 2019. With her existing background in sustainable development, Emiko has always been passionate about environmental protection and conservation.

    Prior to her law studies, Emiko has experience in sustainability consulting and arts management, and has always gravitated towards work that benefits the community and the public interest. When she’s not at EDOWA, you can find her at a local gig, art exhibition or on the radio at RTRFM.