Chris Killmer, Legal Intern

Chris Killmer on a mountain

Chris Killmer recently received his Juris Doctorate from Willamette University College of Law. As Willamette’s Edward J. Sullivan Land Use Fellow, Chris has spent the last year working on land use litigation first at Crag Law Center, and later with Clackamas County Counsel’s Office. Prior to attending law school, Chris received his Master’s in Public Administration from Portland State University, where he focused his studies on nonprofit management and governance. Chris also spent seven years in the nonprofit sector as a social worker and program manager serving
immigrant survivors of human trafficking.

Chris moved to Oregon in 2003 to attend Lewis & Clark College. After graduation, Chris developed a love for backpacking, hiking and mountaineering. This passion for outdoor recreation fueled his interest in land use. As Tom McCall famously said, "Oregon is an inspiration." Chris finds inspiration in those who fought diligently to create and maintain Oregon’s unique land use system. While at 1000 Friends, Chris will work closely with Andrew Mulkey, Rural Lands Attorney, to ensure that Oregon remains a vibrant and beautiful place to live, work, and recreate.

Chris’s favorite place in Oregon is the summit of Mt. Hood, where he has been lucky enough to take in more than one sunrise. When he is not at work, you will find Chris on the trails, in the mountains, or at home removing invasive plants from his property and replanting with pacific northwest natives.