Leap day is one day away, and I’m doing it up big this year. By this time tomorrow I’ll be on a plane heading to San Jose, Costa Rica, where I will spend the next three months working with Emily Yozell and developing The Rich Coast Project.
I could not be more excited for this adventure to begin. It all started last summer when I happened to learn about Emily late in an evening of internet-surfing. Having always considered doing my last law school co-op abroad somewhere, I was investigating ways to get back to Central America. In college I spent a week volunteering at an orphanage in Ciudad Quesada, Costa Rica, and had since developed a strong interest in global environmental challenges and sustainable development. Costa Rica was already on the top of my list… and then I stumbled across Emily Yozell’s biography.
What an amazing career! Emily has lived in Central America since shortly after she graduated from my soon-to-be alma mater, Northeastern University School of Law. She has worked on toxic tort litigation against banana plantations, helped spur a movement that has kept Costa Rica free from oil drilling, and founded a law firm dedicated to environmental and human rights issues. I knew right away that this was a woman I wanted to work with and learn from, if only I could actually make it happen.
Somehow I’ve made it happen. Emily and I got in touch shortly thereafter, and have been crafting the outlines of my co-op for the last six months. In addition to helping Emily with her ongoing legal work, I have created this website to unify legal research with real life stories. This past semester I began gathering research sources and spent a lot of time learning how to use WordPress and my new camera. Thursday morning I will wake up in San Jose and hit the ground running!
Stay tuned for a much busier and more exciting Rich Coast Project experience. Through a combination of serendipity, persistence, and other people being just plain wonderful, The Rich Coast Project is already off to an exciting start! I can’t wait to see where the next few months will take me, and I hope you’ll join me for the adventure.
Are you making a leap for leap year?