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I was born in Washington, D.C., spent five years in Germany, then moved to Minnesota for the rest of my childhood. I went to Lewis & Clark College in Portland, Oregon for my undergraduate studies. I earned a double major in International Affairs and Foreign Languages from Lewis & Clark before I headed to Denver, Colorado to attend law and graduate school.
My love of the environment was fostered by childhood vacations, which almost always involved the National Parks or the nation’s many ski resorts. My family’s home in Minnesota is right on the Mississippi River, and that far north the river is clean enough that we swam in it all summer and consider it a right of passage to jump in after a winter sauna.
It was during law school that I truly fell in love with the practice of law. I represented the University of Denver in the National Environmental Law Moot Court Competition and the Jessup International Law Moot Court Competition. I also participated in the Environmental Law Clinic, where I worked cases involving the Endangered Species Act, the National Environmental Policy Act, and other environmental statutes. I served as the Editor-in-Chief of the Denver Journal of International Law & Policy and the President of the International Law Society. While I was earning my juris doctor, I also I earned a masters of arts in international studies from the Josef Korbel School of International Studies.
After graduating, I clerked at the Colorado Court of Appeals for the Honorable Russell Carparelli, working on criminal and civil cases. When my clerkship ended, I took a job with Wedgle & Kukreja, a Denver firm that specializes in family law. After a couple of years with that firm, I started the Ellis Law Firm, then joined the Mile High Law Office in 2010 before forming Ellis Wright & Ewegen in 2011.