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Ariel Clark, JD To Speak At 12th World Wilderness Congress In August

The organizers and hosts of the 12th World Wilderness Congress are excited to announce that Ariel Clark, JD will speak at the Congress!

Ariel Clark | WILD12 Speaker

Ariel Clark, JD (she/they) is a human being who is practicing law and leaning into post-activism. For over a decade, she co-led a women-steered and values-driven business, corporate and regulatory law firm primarily focused on plant medicines and engaged in policy-reform and culture-changing efforts that included cannabis and psychedelics, with a particular passion for exploring ethics in legal structures and business models that honor the Earth, Peoples, and lineages. In 2021, she co-founded the Psychedelic Bar Association, a national association of legal professionals dedicated to ethics as the foundation for legal practice in the current plant medicine/psychedelic resurgence. She currently serves on the Legacy Board and the Ethics Committee, where she is co-producing a series entitled Law & Ethics: The Psychedelics Industry & Indigenous Peoples. Ariel is Odawa Anishinaabe, and is known as Eddawweghizhik Kwe (Both Sides Of The Sky Woman), she is Turtle Clan, from Nwejong (Where The Rivers Meet) in Michigan. Ariel is a member of Roots To Sky Sanctuary, a BIPOC-stewarded, land-based healing and community project, and recently partnered with Life Comes From It to support human beings’ reunion with land and our more-than-human relatives. She is also honored to be in study of Indigenous Peacemaking ways. Ariel regularly guest lectures at universities and law schools, including Columbia, Yale, Harvard, UCLA and Berkeley on issues related to ecological justice, drug policy reform, and Indigenous rights, and is Of Counsel with Calyx Law. Ariel has a Bachelors of Arts from University of Michigan in Religious Studies (2000) and a JD from Berkeley Law School (2005). While in law school, Ariel participated with a group of other Native American law students in discussions at the United Nation for what became the UN Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples. She loved the years she spent as a law student and young lawyer working at California Indian Legal Services in the Eureka, Santa Rosa, and Oakland communities. These days, she spends her time listening, talking and singing to the trees and other relatives on her ancestral land.

The 12th World Wilderness Congress (WILD12) is a global forum to coordinate and mobilize the protection of Earth’s remaining wilderness and wild places. It convenes thousands of delegates from around the world approximately every 4 years to seek and agree upon new actions and principles in the stewardship of Earth. WILD12 is hosted by the Oceti Sakowin on behalf of the Sicangu Lakota Treaty Council, and will place a special emphasis on reinterpreting wilderness through Indigenous perspectives.

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