Yvonne Chi joined the Rocky Mountain office as an associate attorney in fall 2016.
Yvonne spent her childhood in China, where she was exposed daily to water and air pollution. The blue skies and wildlife of her new home in America inspired her to help protect the natural environment. She graduated from UCLA with degrees in political science and biology after working as a student field ecologist in the Rocky Mountains, where she recorded yellow-bellied marmot alarm calls and collected marmot poop to look for potential correlations—this qualified her as an official “marmoteer.” Yvonne then attended Berkeley Law, where she served on the editorial boards of Ecology Law Quarterly and California Law Review, and obtained her J.D. in 2015.
Prior to joining the Rocky Mountain office, Yvonne had summered with the Alaska Department of Law and Earthjustice’s Alaska office, externed with the Sierra Club and, most recently, clerked on the Alaska Supreme Court in Fairbanks. After three summers and one winter in Alaska, she is the proud survivor of one -39°F day, two moose chases, and a standoff with three grizzly bears.
Having spent the best part of her undergrad in the Rockies, Yvonne is excited to be back. When not working, she enjoys climbing rocks, playing the piano, and playing in the mountains in hopes of sighting charismatic mega-rodents.
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