Faculty Success with the Environmental Law Centre: Changing the way we think

Deborah, Calvin and Holly standing outside UVic law building
Holly Pattison, Deborah Curran and Calvin Sandborn

UVic Libraries is pleased to celebrate faculty success with a series of interviews featuring researchers and their recent collaborative projects

Under the guidance of law professor and Environmental Law Centre (ELC) Executive Director Deborah Curran and Senior Counsel Calvin Sandborn, and with the assistance of ELC Director of Communications and Operations Holly Pattison, students in UVic’s Environmental Law Club partner with the ELC to offer an annual research-a-thon related to a pressing environmental issue. The event results in advocacy and/or legislative proposals for reforms to environmental laws. UVic Law Librarians work closely with the ELC to introduce students to tools and techniques for finding information, and to answer questions from the students as they conduct their research. UVic Libraries is proud to partner on this important work that tackles critical topics like water access for Indigenous communities, and the role of plastics in global pollution.

What is your favorite place in UVic Libraries and why?

The ELC offices (they are located on the second floor of the Law Library). More generally, any quiet study carrel that looks out into nature.

What is your favorite LC subclass (the first two letters at the beginning of a call number range) and why?  

K3581-3598 – Environmental Law of course!

What is the most exciting or interesting experience that you’ve ever had in a library or archive?

Collectively each of the moments discovering a new book or resources that changes the way we think about or understand the world.

Is there anything else that you’d like to tell us?

Librarians make the world go around. They help us access information that we have no clue how to find but that is crucial for our legal research and arguments. They make us aware of resources and tools that we never knew existed. And they keep us up-to-date on information management. Thank you!

– Deborah Curran, Executive Director of the Environmental Law Centre (ELC)