Maria Antonia joined the Sabin Center in September 2021 as the Global Climate Litigation Fellow. Prior to the Sabin Center, she was a senior attorney at the Environment Program of the Cyrus R. Vance Center for International Justice, where she provided pro bono legal services to NGOs across the globe, especially in issues related to protected areas and the interface between human rights and the environment. Maria Antonia was previously a fellow at the World Resources Institute. The fellowship followed several years working in private practice in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil.
Maria Antonia serves as the Director of Latin America for the Global Network for the Study of Human Rights and the Environment (GNHRE), where she works with scholars and practitioners in the region to study the interface between human rights and the environment. In addition, Maria Antonia is a member of the IUCN World Commission on Environmental Law. She also coordinates the environmental rights research group at the Global Pandemic Network (GPN), a community of scholars created to debate legal aspects associated with pandemics.
Maria Antonia is the author of several publications on regional and international environmental law. She specifically focuses on issues concerning environmental rights, the reshaping of the existing framework of international environmental law, and climate litigation. Originally from Brazil, she also researches the environmental protection of the Amazon ecosystem, emphasizing regional cooperation. She is a TEDx speaker and a frequent speaker at conferences and symposiums.
Maria Antonia is an S.JD. candidate in international environmental law at the Elisabeth Haub School of Law at Pace University. She received a dual LL.M., magna cum laude, with certificates in environmental law and comparative legal studies, from the Elisabeth Haub School of Law at Pace University, in 2013. She received her LL.B. from the Pontifícia Universidade Católica of Rio de Janeiro, Brazil.
Leah joined the Sabin Center for Climate Change Law in November 2021 as a Graduate Research Assisstant, where she will be working on the Climate Regulation Database, the New York State and City Climate Law Trackers, and the Renewable Energy Legal Defense Initiative's resource banks.
She is pursuing a Master’s in Climate and Society from the Columbia Climate School. She received her undergraduate degree from the Ford School of Public Policy at the University of Michigan, where her concentration was energy policy. While there, Leah was a policy analyst for the Graham Sustainability Institute, working on projects related to renewable energy zoning in the Midwest. She spent the past summer as the Federal Affairs intern for the American Clean Power Association and was previously an intern at the U.S. House of Representatives.
Prior to joining CSLDF, Lauren was a litigation associate at the international law firm Dechert LLP. At Dechert, she represented commercial and individual clients on a variety of multi-billion and multi-million dollar commercial disputes as well as litigation over Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) requests, document discovery claims, and defamation claims.
She has also held legal and policy positions at the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency. Lauren graduated from the University of Pennsylvania Law School.
L. Margaret Barry is the Environmental Law Writer at Arnold & Porter Kaye Scholer LLP. She maintains the U.S. Climate Change Litigation Database, a collaboration between Arnold & Porter and the Sabin Center, and is the managing editor of the Environmental Law in New York newsletter. She formerly practiced in the environmental client service group at another law firm. Margaret received her J.D. from New York University School of Law, where she was the editor-in-chief of the New York University Environmental Law Journal. She is currently a co-chair of the Environmental Law Committee of the New York City Bar Association.
Jennifer Danis joins the Sabin Center as a senior fellow, bringing significant experience in environmental and energy law to the team.
Previously, Ms. Danis worked as a staff attorney and clinical instructor at Columbia Law School's Environmental Law Clinic. She also served as the Senior Staff Attorney for Eastern Environmental Law Center’s Energy Infrastructure program. At EELC, Ms. Danis advocated for sustainable energy choices in the region, developing and implementing novel legal theories to prevent the proliferation of gas pipeline infrastructure. She also has significant experience working with a broad range of national energy advocates and experts to help document skewed natural gas market economics, the economics of deep decarbonization, and ecological, health and safety impacts from fossil fuel infrastructure. Ms. Danis has testified on these issues before congressional committees, and helped nonprofit clients advance legislation to directly address these conflicts. Prior to her energy work at EELC, she was of counsel to Bradley M. Campbell, LLC, where she used legal and scientific tools to address toxic contaminants under the Resource Conservation and Recovery Act. Working as an attorney at the Natural Resources Defense Council, Ms. Danis researched complex litigation strategies to address legacy pollution of regional waterways. She successfully advocated for the preservation of 600 wetlands acres in the Hackensack Meadowlands. Her interest in environmental law started while clerking in the United States Department of Justice, Environment & Natural Resources Division, in the Indian Resources Section, working on conflicts related to water compacts, as well as issues related to the Cherokee constitutional crisis. She also serves on the Conservation and Research Committee of the New Jersey Audubon Society. Ms. Danis began her law career as a litigator at Kirkland & Ellis in New York, where she worked on various commercial litigation matters, including intellectual property, securities fraud and contractual disputes.
Jacob joined the Sabin Center in September 2021 as a 2021–22 Climate Law Fellow. His work at the Sabin Center includes the Renewable Energy Legal Defense Initiative, the Climate Attribution Database, the Climate Reregulation Tracker, the New York State and City Climate Law Trackers, and submitting comment letters on administrative proceedings.
Jacob graduated from Columbia Law School in 2021, where he was awarded the Alfred S. Forsyth Prize for dedication to the advancement of environmental law. While there, Jacob participated in the Environmental Law Clinic and served as the Managing Online and Symposium Editor for the Columbia Journal of Race and Law. His student Note, Environmental Justice and Pennsylvania’s Environmental Rights Amendment: Applying the Duty of Impartiality to Discriminatory Siting, was published in Volume 11 of the Columbia Journal of Race and Law. He holds a B.A. from the University of Chicago.
Chelsea Gómez joined the Sabin Center in October 2021 and serves as a Graduate Research Assistant supporting research on City Focus Groups on Climate and Equity-based Policies. She is currently a Master of Public Administration candidate focusing in Environmental Science and Policy at the School for International and Public Affairs within Columbia University. She previously worked as a Community Climate Ambassador for the Office of Sustainability in Austin, TX, where she documented marginalized communities' experiences to guide the creation of the Austin Climate Equity Plan. Prior to that she served as a Peace Corps Volunteer in The Gambia, where she worked as an Agriculture/Environment Extension Agent. While there she collaborated with local schools to develop year-round school gardens, expand sustainable agriculture practices and establish a tree nursery program run by students. Her main project focused on establishing apiaries within the village’s forests, thereby reducing deforestation through sustainable, income generating activities for the community. She holds a Bachelor of Science in Environmental Science and Policy from St. Edward’s University.
Brenda Mallory is the Director of Regulatory Policy at the Southern Environmental Law Center where she coordinates the development and implementation of SELC’s regulatory policy agenda. She recently joined SELC after serving 3 years as the Executive Director and Senior Counsel for the Conservation Litigation Project, a project supporting the protection of environmental and conservation values on public lands. Largely through collaboration with academics, Brenda promoted the development of legal scholarship and a thoughtful public narrative around emerging public lands issues.
During the Obama Administration, Brenda served as the General Counsel for the White House Council on Environmental Quality, supporting the Administration in advancing the President’s environmental, energy, and natural resources agenda. Prior to joining CEQ, among other roles, Brenda served as the Acting General Counsel and the Principal Deputy General Counsel at the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency. Before EPA, she was a Director at the environmental law firm Beveridge and Diamond where she chaired the Natural Resources Practice Group.
Brenda has had leadership roles in national and local bar associations and other professional organizations. She currently is a Fellow in the American College of Environmental Lawyers, a member of the Environmental Defense Fund’s Litigation Advocacy Committee, the Environmental Policy Innovation Center’s Advisory Committee, on the Advisory Council for Women in Conservation Leadership, and on the Board of Directors of the Environmental Law Institute and the Center for Climate and Energy Solutions.
Brenda is a graduate of Columbia Law School (Harlan Fiske Stone Scholar) and Yale College. She lives in Rockville, Maryland with her husband and has three adult children.
Amy Turner joined the Sabin Center in 2019 as a Senior Fellow for the Cities Climate Law Initiative, where her work focuses on the laws and legal tools cities use to achieve their climate mitigation commitments. In addition to legal academic research on municipal carbon mitigation law and policy, Amy consults directly with city attorneys and sustainability professionals on legal questions relating to carbon mitigation in the buildings, transportation, waste and energy sectors. She is particularly interested in the intersection of environmental and municipal law and in identifying legal pathways for cities to enact policies consistent with their ambitious greenhouse gas emissions reduction targets.
Prior to her work with the Sabin Center, Amy was the executive director and a co-founder of the NYC Climate Action Alliance, and she continues to serve on the organization’s board of directors. She practiced environmental and transactional law for ten years at Davis Polk & Wardwell LLP, Milbank, Tweed, Hadley & McCloy LLP and in solo practice. Amy graduated from Middlebury College, magna cum laude, and from Harvard Law School, where she was an articles and technical editor for the Harvard Environmental Law Review. She currently serves as co-chair for the New York City Bar Association’s Committee on Environmental Law and as secretary of the board of directors for the Brooklyn Greenway Initiative.
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