Buddle Findlay solicitor, Lottie Boardman has been awarded a Fulbright Science and Innovation Graduate Award. The award will assist Lottie to study towards a Masters of Environmental Management at Yale's School of Forestry & Environmental Studies in Connecticut, USA.
The Fulbright Science and Innovation Graduate Awards are for promising New Zealand graduate students to undertake postgraduate study or research at US institutions in fields related to science and innovation. At least ten awards valued at up to US$31,000 (plus NZ$4,000 travel funding) are granted each year, towards one year of study or research in the US.
Originally from Christchurch, Lottie Boardman studied at the University of Canterbury, completing a LLB (Hons)/BSc (Biological Sciences and Philosophy) in 2013. As a student, Lottie summer clerked in Buddle Findlay's Wellington office and, following her studies, she joined the Wellington litigation and insolvency team. While working at Buddle Findlay, she studied part-time at Victoria University of Wellington towards a Master of Laws, focussing on environmental and international law topics.
Lottie's passion for environmental issues has led her to attend the United Nations climate talks in Paris, France (2015) and Marrakesh, Morocco (2016) as a youth observer, volunteer with Generation Zero's Zero Carbon Act campaign and be involved with the Green Party at a local level. Her study at Yale will assist her in helping New Zealand to become a more sustainable country - environmentally, socially and economically.
Lottie starts her two year programme at Yale in August 2017.
"Learning to live within our planetary boundaries and yet provide fairly for all, in New Zealand and at a global level, is essential to our collective future. I am honoured and privileged to be awarded a Fulbright to study in this important area."