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The award recognizes the accomplishments of a person, entity or organization that has made significant accomplishments or demonstrated recognized leadership in the areas of environmental justice and/or a commitment to gender, racial and ethnic diversity in the environment, energy and natural resources legal area.
The Environmental Law and Justice Clinic is one of the first law clinics in the U.S. to prioritize environmental justice in its work. Its mission is to train law students to improve environmental conditions for communities of color and low-income people in the San Francisco Bay Area and California.
The clinic has achieved significant reductions in pollution in numerous communities near manufacturing and power plants. It has given under-represented communities a voice in the legal system. Most recent examples of the clinic’s leadership in ensuring participatory justice come from its energy work.
The clinic’s successes before the California Public Utilities Commission in proceedings that determine the “energyscape” of California for the next decade are making a substantial contribution. The clinic’s leadership and expertise have allowed communities most impacted by energy generation and climate change to meaningfully participate in proceedings that had traditionally been left to the energy sector and ratepayer advocates. One of those cases has even resulted in advancing the Hopi and Navajo Tribes to access responsibly developed energy.
The ABA Section of Environment, Energy, and Resources is the premier forum for strategies and information for environmental, energy and resource lawyers. Representing nearly 11,000 members with a wide range of professional interests, the section keeps its members abreast of development trends, current court decisions, legislative initiatives and statutes concerning environmental, natural resources and energy law.
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