Meet EPIC's Legal & Policy Summer Interns!

We are grateful to have such a great group of students working with us this summer for the protection and restoration of Northwest California's ecosystems. We look forward to seeing where their work takes them and are excited to be able to be a part of their journey. Join us in welcoming this wonderful trio to the EPIC Team!

Gwen Atherton, Legal Intern


Gwen is a third-year law student at Chapman University, Fowler School of Law. Gwen’s interest in environmentalism began at California State University, Fullerton, where she led a research project exploring the effects of drought on California’s Central Valley. Presently, Gwen is president of Chapman’s Environmental Law Society and a member of the Public Interest Law Foundation. Last summer, she interned with Orange County Coastkeeper, where she worked to protect the region’s water resources.


Gwen is excited to continue in her mission to protect the environment. Her current research with EPIC involves Safe Harbor Agreements and compliance with the Endangered Species Act. Through this position, she hopes to expand upon her knowledge of environmental law and familiarize herself with the unique issues of this region. When not working, Gwen enjoys exploring hiking trails and beaches with her dog, Ellie.


Juan Giovanni Guerrero, Environmental Policy and Advocacy Intern


Hello, My name is Juan Giovanni Guerrero. I am a Cal Poly Humboldt student and joined EPIC’s team for the summer as the Environmental Policy and Advocacy Intern. I’m currently working on researching environmental regulations for Dairy Farms and looking for violations for a particular Dairy Farm.


I’ve also researched the Humboldt Offshore Wind Energy Lease Sale and I hope to provide feedback to the Bureau of Ocean Energy Management to strengthen future leases' commitment to responsibly develop offshore wind energy. From this experience I hope to get acquainted with environmental regulation and enforcement and identify when an agency is failing to meet its obligations. In my free time I enjoy hiking, going for beach walks, meditating, and staying active in general.


Rosalind Cuneo, Legal Intern


Rosalind is a law student at the University of Washington School of Law. Rosalind’s interest in environmental issues began as an anthropology student at St. Louis University. Rosalind went on to earn an M.S. in Environment and Resources from the University of Wisconsin – Madison, where she studied the social science behind climate change ideologies.


This research brought her to Alaska’s Kenai Peninsula, where she fell in love with the rainforests and coastlines of the Pacific Northwest. Rosalind applied to law school with the goal of protecting the cultural and natural resources of Alaska and the Pacific Northwest.

At the University of Washington, Rosalind is a board member of the UW National Lawyers Guild chapter and the Environmental Law Society. In her free time, Rosalind enjoys exploring the beaches and forests of the Puget Sound region with her dog and cheering on her hometown baseball team, the St. Louis Cardinals. Rosalind is a Summer 2022 Stevens Fellow through the John Paul Stevens Foundation Public Interest Fellowship Program.