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2023 Summer Forum Preview: Environmental Justice Panel

Environmental law issues impact residents in D.C. and across the country in a variety of unforeseen ways. People in poverty and communities of color are more likely to live in environmentally unhealthy places. Climate change motivates immigration all over the globe. Join us for our newest summer forum panel discussion about the many ways environmental justice implicates human rights and racial justice. We are excited to hear our inaugural panel discuss how legislative advocacy, individual representation, class action and other tools can bring us closer to achieving environmental justice.

Our Summer Forum Environmental Pro Bono Panel will be moderated by our board member Prianka Sharma. Prianka is an environmental attorney for the federal government and currently serves as the current Vice President and sits on the Board of Directors for the Washington Council of Lawyers, in addition to handling a variety of pro bono matters for clients in Washington, D.C.

Our panelists will be:

John Pendergrass, Environmental Law Institute
John is Senior Vice President at the Environmental Law Institute. He oversees all programmatic activities of the institute, including the Research and Policy Division, which conducts legal and policy research and analyses of pressing environmental and natural resource issues in the U.S. and globally. He also oversees the content of the institute’s Educational Programs and its Publications Division, which produces the Environmental Law Reporter, the Environmental Forum, and books. He manages a staff of more than 35 lawyers, scientists, and other professionals, plus Visiting Scholars and other volunteers.

Christine Appah, Cardozo School of Law & Columbia Climate School
Christine teaches environmental justice as an Adjunct Professor of Law at the Benjamin N. Cardozo School of Law and Columbia Climate School. Her background includes several years of experience in the nonprofit sector, working on environmental, housing, food justice, and civil rights issues. Christine has worked as a senior staff attorney in the Environmental Justice Program at New York Lawyers for the Public Interest and as a regional director at the New York State Division of Human Rights. She began her career as a staff attorney in the Civil Division of The Legal Aid Society of New York. She has served as a member of New York City’s Environmental Justice and OneNYC Advisory Boards and frequently speaks and writes on topics related to the environment. Christine graduated magna cum laude from The City College of New York and received her law degree from Duke University School of Law. She is also a graduate of the New York City Environmental Law Leadership Institute.

Stacey Sublett Halliday, Beveridge & Diamond
Stacey is a principal at Beveridge & Diamond and co-chairs its Environmental Justice practice. Stacey advises clients on environmental compliance due diligence, environmental enforcement, corporate social responsibility, non-financial reporting, and environmental justice. Drawing on her diverse litigation and regulatory experience in government and private practice Stacey focuses on corporate due diligence, corporate social responsibility, mandatory environmental disclosures, voluntary non-financial reporting, and green marketing. She also handles federal environmental enforcement and regulatory compliance for utilities and municipalities. Stacey received her A.B. in Political Science and French from Harvard University and her JD from Howard University. She is a member of the bars of New York and District of Columbia.

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