Our Team

  • Moira’s research is at the intersection of local government law, land use, and city planning. She is the Principal Investigator on two interdisciplinary studies. The first explores how local and state land use regulations interact to slow or accelerate equitable infill residential development and the other explores public school districts implementing sustainable school meal reform.

    Her research and teaching build on more than a decade of professional experience in legal practice and consulting for public entities. Her former clients include cities, housing authorities, school districts, and public universities throughout California.  Her legal experience also includes clerking for the Honorable Saundra Brown Armstrong of the United States District Court, Northern District of California, and working as a law clerk in the office of the Environment and Natural Resources Unit, Civil Division, Department of Justice. Moira received her juris doctor, Order of the Coif, from the University of California, Hastings College of the Law in 2006.  

    At Columbia, Moira teaches Community Development and Local Government Law & Politics in the Graduate School of Architecture, Planning, and Preservation. She previously taught Introduction to Environmental Law and Planning, Land Use Controls, and Local Government Law at UC Berkeley in the Department of City and Regional Planning and the School of Law. She holds additional academic appointments in the Graduate School of Architecture, Planning, and Preservation, and at BerkeleyLaw's Center for Law, Energy, and the Environment.

  • 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.


    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. 





  • Hillary joined the Sabin Center in September 2019 as a Climate Law Fellow. She focuses on climate litigation and deregulation and expanding renewable energy resources. Hillary's work includes the Renewable Energy Legal Defense Initiative, the Climate Deregulation Tracker, and submitting comment letters and amicus briefs.

    Hillary previously served as a law clerk to the Honorable Robert N. Chatigny of the U.S. District Court for the District of Connecticut and the Honorable Barbara A. Lenk of the Supreme Judicial Court of Massachusetts.  Hillary earned her J.D. at Yale Law School, where she was a founding member of the Environmental Justice Clinic and participated in the Environmental Protection Clinic. Before law school Hillary studied conservation efforts in the Amazon Rainforest as a Fulbright Fellow.  She holds a B.A. from Middlebury College. 

  • Daniel Metzger joined the Sabin Center in January 2020 as a one year climate law fellow. Daniel's work will focus on, among other areas, international climate change litigation, climate risks and opportunities in the reinsurance industry, and the law and science of climate change attribution.

    Before joining the Sabin Center, Daniel practiced with Selendy & Gay representing clients on a broad range of litigations that included precedent-setting work on behalf of renewable energy companies. Daniel clerked for the Honorable Steven M. Gold of the U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of New York. Daniel earned his J.D. at Vanderbilt Law School, where he was the executive editor of the Vanderbilt Journal of Transnational Law and a member of the Environmental Law and Policy Annual Review, a yearly collaboration between the Environmental Law Institute and Vanderbilt Law School that identifies and celebrates the best environmental law scholarship published each year. Before law school Daniel worked as a consultant with an agricultural firm advising clients on a wide range of matters including regulatory compliance and nutrient management, and completed a master's degree in natural resource management at Iceland's University Centre of the Westfjords. Daniel is a member of the Federal Bar Council's First Decade Committee, which organizes social and educational programs of interest to lawyers in their first decade of practice.

  • 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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