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.
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 anticipates her admission to practice in September 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 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.