711 S. Rayburn Drive
College of Law
University of Idaho
875 Perimeter Drive MS 2321
Moscow, ID 83844-2321
Marie Callaway '10
Hooked at the age of 17, Marie spent 16 summers as a river guide, running rivers throughout her home state of Tennessee, and in parts of California, Colorado and Alaska.
In the summer of 2006, Marie tackled the pristine white waters of southeastern Alaska’s Tatshenshini River and Alsek River, which conservation groups had fought to protect just 10 years prior by halting the development of a mine in the Tatshenshini/Alsek wilderness.
“The powerful conservation movements that took place to protect these natural resources really inspired me,” she says. “I wanted to contribute, and I thought going to law school would be a way I could do that.”
Marie, who had also been working as a teacher, decided it was time to temporarily hang up her paddle and begin researching law schools. The University of Idaho’s Waters of the West program, a water resources management and policy graduate program that combines law and science, grabbed her attention.
“When I learned about the University of Idaho’s program in water resources, I thought ‘Wow! That’s exactly what I want to do,’” she says.
She initially considered working toward both a J.D. and an M.S. as part of the concurrent degree program, but she has modified her focus to a J.D. with a concentration in natural resources.
Although the demands of law school have limited her time in the rapids, Marie is looking forward to a future legal career that will allow her to help preserve the rivers she loves.
“I recognize that there’s a balance between the use of resources and the conservation of resources, and I want to help people understand and work toward achieving that balance so that generations to come have the opportunity to not only have the natural resources to appreciate and to use for recreation, but to also make a living from them,” she says.
“There’s a balance between the use of resources and the conservation of resources, and I want to help people understand and work toward achieving that balance…”