Alumni Profile: Joanna Goger
Joanna Goger ('00) interned at the Environmental Crimes Unit at the United States Attorney's Office while enrolled in the law school's Environmental Law Clinic. This experience provided Joanna one of her most memorable law school experiences. Joanna believes the Clinic provides unique opportunities for students to take "an active role in the protection of our local resource, the Chesapeake Bay."
After graduation, Joanna worked as a law clerk to The Honorable Frederic N. Smalkin, U.S. District Court for the District of Maryland and then as a trial attorney for the U.S. Department of Justice in the Environmental and Natural Resources Division. Joanna went on to work as an Adjunct Professor at the law school and Chief Policy Analyst at the Center for Progressive Reform. Joanna is now a lecturer at the University of Maryland College Park where she teaches Introduction to Environmental Law and The Science, Ethics, and Law of Water.
As a lecturer, Joanna continues to focus on environmental issues, and she views global climate change and fresh water availability as two of the most pressing issues facing environmental lawyers today. "Professor Steinzor's work at the interface of law and science and Professor Percival's work on the globalization of environmental law have already contributed to work on [global climate change] and other important environmental issues of the day, such as the regulation of mercury."
Joanna credits the law school for providing her the skills and opportunity to pursue her varied interests: "Maryland offers a tremendous breadth of courses in many subject areas, and its specialty programs, such as the Environmental Law Program, really allow for students to focus their studies. The proximity to Washington, D.C., Annapolis and the Chesapeake Bay also provide for numerous job opportunities after graduation."