Call of the Wild, Mike O'Brien JD/MSEL'02

​​From the Green Mountains to Alaskan, VLS alum ​Mike O'Brien ​JD/MSEL'02 has served the environment, and worked hard to make it safe for all.

Associate General Counsel
University of Alaska Fairbanks (UAF)


The Work // Advises UAF on full spectrum of legal issues, including training student and employee groups. In recent outdoor-related initiatives, responsible for meeting state ski area requirements and for crafting safety, training, and enforcement protocols.

Recent Accomplishment // Recipient of Alaska’s 2013 Staff Make Students Count Award for his lead role in creating UAF’s Nanook Terrain Park and outdoo​r ice-climbing wall—the first recreational facilities of their kind on American college campuses.

Outdoor Passion // Cross-country skiing, ice climbing, distance running.

In Her Own Words // “The lawyer saying ‘no’ can be the death knell to any project involving risk. that’s why I try to stay open and curious. In my own life outdoors, I’m usually the one taking risks—and I know what the reward can be when you manage them properly.”


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