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Eishe Heitmann

Posted on 01 October 2013
Eishe Heitmann
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Environmental Law: Centre for Environmental Rights 

“My internship experience so far has been one of learning about the environmental sector, networking, growing as a professional, and expanding knowledge and skills in my area of work.”

Eishe’s interest in the environment began as a child. She grew up inspired by nature documentaries on television, as well as the writings of naturalist Gerald Durrell, which she enjoyed amidst the menagerie of animals kept by her own family. In her leisure time Eishe enjoys playing the flute; fencing; swimming and reading books that make her laugh. She also enjoys languages, having studied Afrikaans and French at school, and German and Spanish at university.

Eishe considered working as a conservationist or as an interpreter, but her skills and talents lead her to pursue a degree in law instead, with the goal of using her degree to be of service to the community. She studied an LLB at the University of Cape Town and chose Environmental Law as an elective in her final year. She then pursued a Masters degree with a specialisation in Environmental Law. She has completed courses in Natural Resources Law, Pollution law and Land-Use Planning Law, which included collaborating on two short films, one of which won two prizes at IMEL’s Environmental Film Festival. Currently her research focuses on species conservation.

Eishe’s current position at the CER entails working as a legal intern. Her role involves providing support and assistance to CER’s attorneys, including legal research and legislative analysis. She is also currently managing the Centre’s monthly Environmental Rights Clinic. She sees environmental law as an effective means of fighting for a healthy environment.

In the next two years Eishe would like to complete her articles and write the bar exam in order to become a fully qualified attorney. Thereafter she would like to join a law firm specialising in environmental law, or an environmental NGO with the need for legal expertise. If the opportunity arises she would also like to gain international experience as an environmental lawyer. Eishe is proud to work in an arena where there is opportunity to fight for her community, for our future and for the preservation of the remarkable environment that we take for granted.
Eishe Heitmann
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