Past Event

Building Power in the Public Sector: DEI and Anti-Racism at Environmental Jobs in Government

November 1, 2021
1:00 PM - 2:00 PM
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The governmental and public sectors hold the promise of vibrant and meaningful careers in environmental law. An environmental law career can provide many opportunities to advocate for justice in the face of environmental degradation that often has inequitable impacts. However, the environmental legal sector, like the broader environmental movement, has enormous strides to make in increasing diversity and inclusion in workplace policies and procedures. In this panel, we will address what bureaus and agencies are doing to support diversity and inclusion and the path forward for the governmental and public sector in advancing equity. To discuss these questions, please join us to hear from professionals working on diversity, equity, and inclusion from within government agencies that focus on environmental law. This panel follows up on a three-part series held earlier this year, where panelists discussed their related efforts in the NGO and law firm sectors. The recording from the prior event is available here. The series overall was recently awarded the 2021 ABA Section of Environment, Energy, and Resources Award.  

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Program Chair:
Bethany A. Davis Noll, 
Executive Director of the State Energy & Environmental Impact Center, NYU School of Law

Introduction and Welcome:
Andres Jimenez
, Executive Director, Green 2.0

Opening Remarks:
Karl A. Racine
, Washington D.C. Attorney General

Lisa Garcia, Director, Fix, the Climate Solutions Lab at Grist

Christophe Courchesne, 
Deputy Chief, Energy and Environment Bureau, Massachusetts AG's Office
Sandra Jefferson Grannum, Chief Diversity & Inclusion Officer, New York State Office of the Attorney General
Tricia Jefferson, Acting Deputy Associate General Counsel, Cross Cutting Issues Law Office, Office of General Counsel, Environmental Protection Agency
Antonia Pereira, Senior Counsel, Environmental Law Division

Sponsoring Association Committees:
Environmental Law, Bethany Davis Noll & L. Margaret Barry, Co-Chairs

Co-Sponsoring Organizations:
Center for Diversity, Inclusion, and Belonging
Green 2.0
Institute for Policy Integrity
Sabin Center for Climate Change Law
State Energy & Environmental Impact Center at NYU School of Law