Law & Policy Program: About Current Legal Interns & Externs
Jackson de Gruy
Jackson de Gruy was raised in Harahan, Louisiana, where he graduated from Jesuit High School New Orleans in 2017. He then attended the University of Louisiana at Lafayette, where he acquired a bachelor’s degree in history with a minor in business management. During his undergrad, he focused his studies on Louisiana environmental history and published an undergrad thesis on the effects of freshwater diversions on oysters, including habitat and fisheries impacts. He also worked in the wholesale seafood industry as a salesman and plant worker for the New Orleans Fish House and on a wetland mitigation project for Environmental Restoration, LLC.
Currently, Jackson is a rising 2L at LSU Paul M. Hebert Law Center, studying to earn his J.D. and D.C.L. Upon graduating, he hopes to remain in Louisiana and work in environmental law. Jackson is a member of the Environmental Law Society at LSU Law. In his free time, he likes to fish and kayak in the many waterways throughout south Louisiana. While working at Louisiana Sea Grant, Jackson hopes to increase his knowledge and understanding of Louisiana environmental law and policy.
Alessandra Jerolleman was raised in the Washington, D.C. area, but has spent the last twenty years living in New Orleans, Louisiana. She is a subject matter expert in climate adaptation, hazard mitigation, floodplain management, and resilience with a long history of working in the public, private, and nonprofit sectors. Alessandra has a B.A. in English from Tulane University, a Masters of Public Administration with concentrations in Hazard Management and Nonprofit Leadership from the University of New Orleans, and a Ph.D. in Urban Studies from the University of New Orleans where she wrote a dissertation titled: The Privatization of Hazard Mitigation: A Case Study of the Creation and Implementation of a Federal Program.
Alessandra is a Certified Floodplain Manager and one of the founders of the Natural Hazard Mitigation Association. Her previous experience includes working with the Lowlander Center and the First Peoples’ Conservation Council on disaster planning and resilience building for Louisiana’s coastal tribal communities as well as working for Save the Children on their Gulf Coast Resilience Initiative with childcare operators. She has served as a reviewer and author for the National Climate Assessment, as well as sitting on the National Academies’ Resilient America Roundtable. Alessandra is a National Academies of Science 2022 Kavli Frontiers of Science Fellow.
Alessandra is currently an Associate Professor of Emergency Management at Jacksonville State University and has been working on various aspects of planning and policy related to disaster management, equity, coastal communities, and climate justice. Alessandra is also a Senior Fellow with Tulane University’s Disaster Risk Leadership Academy. She has published several books including, Disaster Recovery Through the Lens of Justice. She realized that a law degree would provide the missing piece to fully support her resilience work and is currently a 3L working towards a J.D. at Loyola University New Orleans College of Law. She is an Ignatian Law Scholar and recently participated in the Environmental Law & Policy Lab at Loyola supporting coastal communities following Hurricane Ida.
Sarah Morgan was raised in Houston, Texas, but has spent the last five years living in New Orleans, Louisiana. She has always had a strong desire to work in environmental conservation and graduated with honors from Texas A&M University at Galveston with a B.S. in Ocean and Coastal Resource Management and minors in Economics and Marine Biology. Throughout her undergraduate years, Sarah took many field courses and had numerous volunteer experiences in which she gained valuable hands-on work learning the science behind environmental conservation. But, in the end, realized her true passions lie with the legal processes that use that science to shape legal goals and policies.
Sarah is now a 2L concurrently working towards a J.D. and an LL.M in Environmental Law at Loyola University New Orleans College of Law. She is an Ignatian Law Scholar, a candidate on the Maritime Law Journal, the Secretary for Loyola’s chapter of the Animal Legal Defense Fund, and a member of both the Environmental Law Society and Maritime Law Society. Sarah hopes to one day make a positive contribution to those policies that protect the environment and is excited to gain as much experience as possible while interning with Sea Grant.
Ryan Morrison was raised in Houston, Texas. However, he moved to Louisiana by way of Portland, Oregon. He graduated from the University of Texas at Austin with a B.A. in Political Science and a minor in Business Administration. While in Austin, he was a member of the Texas Crew, which was his favorite undergraduate experience because he spent every morning on Lady Bird Lake. His time spent in Austin also allowed for him to work at the Texas State Capital, which was very helpful in developing his legislation drafting skills.
After graduation, he moved to Oregon where he worked to secure financing for transportation companies. The beautiful nature of the Pacific Northwest led him to search for more ways to get outdoors. He volunteered for the Coastal Observation and Seabird Survey Team, which gave him a great excuse to spend time on the Oregon coast, while simultaneously learning about climate change. As his interest in the natural world grew, he took a second job at the World Forestry Center.
Currently, Ryan is a rising 3L law student at the LSU Paul M. Hebert Law Center, working towards a J.D./D.C.L., along with an Energy Law & Policy Certificate. He is excited to continue learning more about environmental law while working for Louisiana Sea Grant this summer.
Hunter Ryan was born and raised in Alexandria, Louisiana, and graduated from Alexandria Senior High in 2017. He attended LSU and received a Bachelor of Science degree in political science, with a minor in environmental science. During his undergraduate studies, he worked as a law clerk for Donahue Patrick and Scott, L.L.C. in Baton Rouge and for Losavio Law Office in Alexandria. After graduating a semester early in 2020, Hunter prepared for law school until he began in the fall of 2021.
Currently, Hunter is a rising 2L law student at the LSU Paul M. Hebert Law Center, working towards a J.D. along with an Energy Law and Policy Certificate. Hunter currently serves as the 2L representative of the Environmental Law Society and plans to become the Secretary in the fall. After graduating, Hunter plans to work out of state as an environmental or energy lawyer. Hunter is excited to pursue his interest in the environment with the Louisiana Sea Grant program and hopes to learn valuable information that will help to improve the environment in the future.
David Storment is from Southaven, Mississippi, and graduated with honors from Lewisburg High School. He earned a Bachelor of Arts in English literature, as well as a minor in architecture, from Mississippi State University. In his years as an undergraduate, he volunteered with the Boys and Girls Club of America and worked as a press writer for the Forestry Department at MSU.
He then moved to Spokane, Washington, and earned an Master of Fine Art in creative writing at Eastern Washington University. There, he served as the Student Director of Writers in the Community, an EWU internship program in which creative writing graduate students teach their craft in public schools, children’s hospitals, prisons, and women’s shelters. His poetry and fiction have appeared in literary journals such as Shenandoah and The Swamp.
He is currently a rising 2L at the Paul M. Hebert Law Center at LSU and is pursuing a J.D./D.C.L. degree along with an Energy Law and Policy Certificate. In his spare time, he volunteers as a learning mentor at the Baton Rouge Youth Coalition.
David’s career goals are inspired by his years of duck hunting, fly fishing, hiking, kayaking, and backpacking. He plans to use his law degree as an advocate for protecting our natural resources and wildlife, while promoting climate change policy for the benefit of future generations.