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.

  • Hillary joined the Sabin Center in September 2019 as a Climate Law Fellow. 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. 

  • 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.

    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 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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    For a list of former affiliates, please click here. (If you are a former affiliate and would like to be included in this list, please contact Tiffany Challe – tc2868@columbia.edu)