Welcome Maria

June 28, 2011

Dear friends,

Maria Rosario Mayi received her law degree two weeks ago, then boarded an airplane for the first time and flew to Eugene for a ten-week ELAW Fellowship.  Maria hails from the Dominican Republic and is our Laurie Prosser/Xiaoli Jiang Fellow.

Maria works with DR's leading grassroots environmental law organization: Instituto de Abogados para la Protección del Medio Ambiente (INSAPROMA).

ELAW has collaborated with INSAPROMA for several years to protect the environment and communities in this Caribbean nation.  Maria will work with ELAW on several projects, including protecting the Dominican Republic from polluting mining operations.  She will also study English at the University of Oregon's American English Institute.

When Maria returns to her office in late August, she will be promoted from Secretary to Staff Attorney!

"I will take what I learn and help our organization work more effectively.  Improving my English will make it possible to tap information and resources from around the world," says Maria.

Many thanks to Laurie Prosser and Xialoi Jiang, the John D.  and Catherine T.  MacArthur Foundation, and the American English Institute for supporting Maria's Fellowship.

Read more about Maria on our blog, the ELAW Spotlight.

Sincerely,

Maggie Keenan
Communications Director
Environmental Law Alliance Worldwide

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