Lonnie Kishiyama ('04) works in the Office of Global Strategies at the Department of Homeland Security. Lonnie previously served as an Attorney-Advisor for the United States Coast Guard (JAG) where he completed a nearly three-year detail at the Department of Homeland Security's office of the General Counsel. At the Department of Homeland Security, Lonnie has worked on international issues including transportation security and provided legal advice for major international organizations such as the G-8, Asia Pacific Economic Cooperation (APEC), and the United Nations International Maritime Organization.
Lonnie's work with Professor Percival and the Environmental Law Program "provided me with the negotiation skills necessary to accomplish U.S. objectives in treaty and international policy negotiations" and an understanding of the "legal framework of other countries, their legislative processes, as well as the best way to harmonize foreign legal requirements with U.S. legislation." For students who are interested in international policy and international environmental issues, "The University of Maryland School of Law's Environmental Law Program is the place to be."
Lonnie remains connected with the Environmental Law Program through student mentoring and, of course, the annual Environmental Law Program Wine Tasting where alumni and students network: "the Environmental Law Program is much like a family in that many of those who share a passion for the environment continue strong involvement with the law school for years and years after graduation."