February 05, 2010

Natural Giving

Natural Giving

Erin Madden’s family didn’t camp much, but that didn’t stop her from cultivating a passion for the great outdoors. “When I was growing up, I loved playing in the woods behind our house,” she says. “Now my husband, Alex Brown, and I love hiking, rafting, and mushroom gathering in Oregon’s beautiful forests.”

Madden JD ’04 worked to protect the environment through a number of positions before finding her calling as an attorney. While at Lewis & Clark, she served on the board of the Northwest Environmental Defense Center and as a law clerk in the Pacific Environmental Advocacy Center. Since graduating, she has built on those experiences and opened her own practice, Cascadia Law P.C.

Madden and Brown, who is executive director of Bark, a nonprofit conservation organization, have made sure that environmental protection will last well into the future by adding Lewis & Clark Law School’s Loan Repayment Assistance Program to their will.

“We can’t afford to have our nation’s newest and brightest attorneys burdened with debt,” says Madden. “Having LRAP in our planned giving is the best way to ensure that public interest attorneys will defend the environment long into the future.”

Adding bequest language to your will or living trust is a quick and simple way to carry your values forward. To learn how our planned giving program can benefit you and Lewis & Clark students, please contact us.