Leah Garner, AB '16

A Commitment to Environmental Protection

The March Pro Bono Honoree, Leah Garner, '19, Helped Make the Green Lounge a Little Greener

Surur Yonce, '19
April 2, 2018

Editor's note: The Pro Bono Board, a student group committed to expanding pro bono knowledge and opportunities to students, names a Pro Bono Volunteer of the Month. The March honoree is Leah Garner, ’19. Surur Yonce, ’19, a member of the board, wrote this story on her work. For more information on pro bono work, visit the Pro Bono Service Initiative website or contact Nura Maznavi in the Office of Career Services.

Leah Garner, ’19, is—and always has been—passionate about the environment.  

“Being from Florida, I was raised to be environmentally conscious,” she said. “However, this was entirely in the abstract until I took an Intro to Law class in the seventh grade. There was one chapter on environmental law, and ever since then I’ve known that this is what I want to do with my life. Since then, I’ve taken every opportunity to develop my knowledge about environmental issues and the law surrounding them.”

Garner is involved in environmental activism across the law school. This year, she worked to convince the Dean of Student’s office that composting at the law school is sustainable and easy, an effort that resulted in green compost bins in the Green Lounge. She also helps organize the quarterly Greenbooks sale. Her latest project is working with facilities to get another filtered water dispenser on the lower level of the Law School.

Read the entire article from the University of Chicago Law School here.