Featured Alumni


Julie Thrower

Julie came to the Department of Justice, Environment and Natural Resources Division in 2007 through the Attorney General’s Honors Program.  With the DOJ, Julie defends the United States in environmental cases.  Her primary role is litigation and ranges in focus from federal to state law.  Before coming to law school, Julie attended college at the University of the Pacific in Stockton where she received a B.S. in Biochemistry.  She moved to the East Coast to attend graduate school at the Johns Hopkins University, where she received a Ph.D. in Biochemistry and Molecular Biology.  After graduate school, Julie moved back to California.  She worked in a research lab in the Chemistry Department at the University of California (Berkeley) for five years before attending law school at U.C. Berkeley Boalt Hall School of Law, where she graduated with a Certificate in Environmental Law.   Julie enjoyed spending her free time doing landscape and wildlife photography and training for triathlons.

Matt Vespa

Matt Vespa, Senior Attorney, works with the Center’s Climate Law Institute. Matt holds a law degree from the University of California, Berkeley, Boalt Hall School of Law, where he was elected Order of the Coif, a master’s in conservation biology from the University of Pennsylvania and a bachelor’s in biology from the University of Pennsylvania. Prior to joining the Center, Matt practiced environmental and land-use law on behalf of public agencies and citizen groups and served as a law clerk to the Honorable Nicholas G. Garaufis, United States District Court Judge for the Eastern District of New York. Prior to law school, Matt served as a Peace Corps volunteer in Paraguay where he taught local farmers soil conservation and sustainable-forestry practices.


Scott Zimmerman

Scott Zimmermann is an associate in the San Francisco office of Wilson Sonsini Goodrich & Rosati, where he is a member of the energy and clean technology practice. He advises new and established companies and their investors on issues affecting the cleantech, energy, and infrastructure industries, including project development, regulatory counseling, corporate formation, and finance. Scott has supported enterprises and institutions across the globe involved in financing, developing, and regulating energy technology and infrastructure. During law school, he served as a clerk with Commissioner Dian Grueneich at the California Public Utilities Commission, and he was an intern with the General Counsel's office at the Asian Development Bank. Scott also interned with the Natural Resources Defense Council's China Clean Energy Program in Beijing, where he worked to accelerate China's transition to technologies that mitigate the impacts of coal.  Scott is a licensed professional engineer and worked in the energy industry for eight years prior to law school.

Erin Zeigler

Erin is 2008 graduate of Boalt Hall and is putting her legal skills to work as a Legislative Assistant to Congressman Steve Israel (NY).  Erin draws on her legal background to advise the Congressman on what they should activel support, how they should be voting in the House, and in drafting legislative language.  She has assised Israel on U.S. energy security, reducing dependence on foreign oil, lowering energy costs, and creating an innovative clean technology economy. His key energy accomplishments include proposing and helping to pass the successful "Cash for Clunkers" program; successfully leading opposition to the former Bush Administration's budget cuts for energy efficiency and renewable energy; and passing legislation to restore Obama Administration reductions for hydrogen fuel research and development.


To see the Career Panel discussion with these students at the Berkeley campus on February 16, 2010, click here.