Kristen Boyles

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Kristen Boyles the managing attorney of Earthjustice’s Northwest regional office.

In 1987, after two or three potential majors and much time spent on the water with the sailing team, she graduated from Stanford University with a degree in creative writing. After brief stints as a journalist (one of the forgone majors) for the Point Reyes Light and an industrial chemist (the other forgone major) with Ampex, she entered Cornell Law School, where she was Note Editor of the Cornell Law Review, worked at the legal aid clinic, taught classes to both graduate and undergraduate students, and graduated cum laude in 1991.

Kristen clerked for Judge Raymond J. Pettine in the U.S. District Court of Rhode Island and Judge Robert R. Beezer in the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit in Seattle. A four-year stint as an Earthjustice associate attorney (1993–1997) led to a position as a staff attorney for Pacific Rivers Council (1997–1999).

Kristen, her husband Trenton Cladouhos, and her children Henry and Ying live in Seattle with two cats, three fish, and quite a few dust bunnies.

The Latest by Kristen Boyles

Earthjustice is working to stop Tesoro-Savage, a crude oil shipping terminal proposed for the banks of the Columbia River in Vancouver, Washington.
August 15, 2016

Gambling with House Money

Go inside the trial of Tesoro-Savage, a crude oil shipping terminal proposed for the banks of the Columbia River.
Recent crude-by-rail accidents are adding fuel to a growing movement aiming to regulate this dangerous mode of oil transportation.
May 6, 2015

Yet Another Explosive Wake-Up Call

Two crude-by-rail accidents earlier this month highlight the urgent need to regulate this dangerous mode of oil transportation, which threatens communities along the tracks.
First Nations Swinomish members participate in a traditional ceremony before oral testimonies on the Kinder Morgan TransMountain Pipeline begin.
March 24, 2015

Testifying to Stop the Salish Sea Pipeline

The proposed Kinder Morgan Trans Mountain pipeline expansion threatens the way of life on the Salish Sea, and this First Nations testimony exemplifies why it should be stopped.
October 1, 2013

AZM Reign of Poisoning Ends

More than 10 years of court fights rids fields of deadly pesticide