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Sabrina Ashijan

Sabrina Ashjian is a clinical supervising attorney and project director for the Emmett Institute on Climate Change & the Environment at UCLA School of Law. In this role she teaches the California Environmental Legislation & Policy Clinic. She also does legislative & regulatory consulting internationally, nationally, and locally with clients ranging from investment firms to nonprofit organizations. She previously was with the Environmental Law Clinic at UC Berkeley School of Law where she taught environmental justice and legislation courses.


Her other environmental roles include serving on the Los Angeles Water Quality Control Board after being appointed by Governor Newsom, the Santa Monica Bay Restoration Commission Governing Board, and as an advisory member of California Lawyers Association Environmental Law Section.


Sabrina joined SEER following her participation in its ABA Section, Division, and Forum (SDF) Coordination Committee as a liaison for the Civil Rights & Social Justice Section (as one of the Vice Chairs of the Environmental Justice Committee). She enjoyed the collaborative approach so much that she just began serving as Co-Chair of the SDF Coordination Committee in 2023. She looks forward to becoming more involved with SEER this year and is excited for the opportunities to collaborate and coordinate with environmental lawyers across the country.

Jamie Morin

Jamie Morin is a founding member of Confluence Law, PLLC, in Washington State. Her practice revolves around advising clients in matters related to water rights, and the management and use of water resources. This includes acquisition, adjudication, protection, reallocation, and regulation of water rights, as well as collateral issues that arise for entities engaged with water resource issues including public, private, and nonprofits organizations. 

Jamie renewed her membership in the ABA after founding Confluence Law, PLLC, for all the great small firm resources. As an added bonus, the ABA is a great way to stay up to date on what is happening in water resources in other states and around the west. 

Rarely one to let a plea for help go unanswered, Jamie answered a call to serve as SEER Water Resources Committee co-vice chair of communications in 2021, which led to an opportunity to work with a group of great lawyers from around the country to update the 2023 ABA Resolution on Tribal Water Rights Settlements and ultimately to step into her current role, Water Resources Committee programs vice chair.

Jamie was admitted to the Washington State Bar on the eve of the last century after attending the University of Montana. Jamie considers herself a citizen of the Columbia Basin and can often be found enroute to obscure locations in the region, or out walking in the woods with her dog, Ari. 

Molly Leisen

Molly Leisen

Molly Leisen

Molly Leisen is an associate at Fredrikson & Byron, where she is a member of the Environmental, Energy & Natural Resources and Energy Regulation & Permitting groups.  She assists clients with environmental due diligence, allocation of environmental liabilities and obligations, and drafting of environmental provisions in mergers and acquisitions and real property transactions.  Molly is experienced at reviewing, researching, and analyzing complex legal and regulatory requirements to provide clients with advice regarding environmental regulatory and compliance matters.

Molly previously worked at the Minnesota Public Utilities Commission where she gained experience in regulatory matters including energy facility siting and permitting, approval of innovative renewable energy projects, and review of utilities’ cost recovery requests.  She attended the University of Minnesota Law School, where she received her J.D. in 2016.

Molly was recently appointed to the Women’s Environmental Network (WEN) of Minnesota’s board of directors. WEN is a collective of volunteers who are passionate about fostering professional networks for women and underrepresented genders working in the environmental sector, or those simply passionate about stewardship and conservation of our natural resources.

Molly is a member of SEER’s Membership Diversity Enhancement Program (MDEP) and serves as Programs Vice Chair on the SEER Transactions and Brownfields Redevelopment Committee.  Her ABA involvement has created leadership opportunities and broadened her professional network.  She comments that SEER’s resources enable her to stay-up-to-date with changes and new developments in the field.

Molly enjoys traveling, hiking, embroidery, and spending time with her husband and two-year old son. 

Maureen Hartwell

Maureen Hartwell

Maureen Hartwell

Maureen is a 2L at Elisabeth Haub School of Law at Pace University. Originally from Pennsylvania, Maureen attended the University of Pittsburgh for her undergraduate education in Political Science and Philosophy. She joined the Section’s Environmental Law Society Network (ELSN) leadership in the spring of 2023 as the Northeast Regional Representative and has continued this school year as the communications vice chair. In her role with the ELSN she has coordinated two networking events for students and professionals. Maureen’s involvement with ABA has generated a stronger network of environmental attorneys and academics upon whom she relies for advice with publications, internship opportunities, and career prospects broadly. In the long term, Maureen plans to pursue environmental federal agency work that promotes environmental justice. She has interned with the Environmental Protection Agency, the Department of Justice’s Environment and Natural Resources Division, and will intern with the Department of the Interior Office of the Solicitor in the summer of 2024. Her passion area lies in the intersection of land use, environmental justice, and administrative law. 

Rachel James

Rachel James

Rachel James

Rachel James is an Associate Attorney in the Charlottesville, Virginia office of the Southern Environmental Law Center (SELC). As an Associate, Rachel participates in case development, conducts legal research and writing, and applies her expertise in utility policy and energy justice across cases.

In 2022, Rachel moved to Virginia from Hawai‘i. As a Staff Attorney at the Hawai‘i Public Utilities Commission, she worked on the integration of energy justice into energy planning processes, distributed energy resources, electrification of transportation, energy efficiency, and grid service purchase agreements.

During law school, Rachel also worked full-time as a project manager focusing on projects that converted vehicles’ internal combustion engines to hydrogen fuel cells. She worked for a small solar developer after law school.

Since joining the ABA in 2022 as a part of the Membership Diversity Enhancement Program (MDEP), Rachel has enjoyed the excellent articles and publications offered on topics that are both of general interest and of immediate importance to the work she undertakes at SELC. She has found a wonderful community of support amongst the MDEP members and enjoys the webinars offered by various sections of the ABA.

Rachel currently serves as Co-Chair of the Section’s Special Committee for Diversity, Equity, Inclusion, and Belonging. Jogging, hiking, learning guitar, reading, and gathering with family and friends are activities Rachel regularly makes time to enjoy.

Megan Ault

Megan Ault

Megan Ault

Megan Ault is a senior associate at Alston & Bird LLP in San Francisco, where she advises clients on cost recovery disputes, federal and state regulatory compliance, and land use issues. Megan’s practice includes litigation, enforcement, project development, and remediation matters under a variety of federal and state laws including CERCLA, RCRA, the Clean Water Act, and the California Environmental Quality Act. 

Megan currently serves as co-chair of the Section’s Waste and Resource Recovery Committee and she is a member of the Planning Committee for the Section’s 2024 Spring Conference on Environmental Law, which will be held in Chicago on April 3-5, 2024. Megan also currently serves as a vice chair for written content with the Superfund and Cost Recovery Committee, after having previously served that committee as a Regional Reporting Vice Chair for Region 9. Megan has also assisted with planning the 2023 Spring Conference that was held in Denver and the December 2022 Enforcement Conference. 

Megan received her J.D., magna cum laude, from Duke Law School, and her undergraduate degree with majors in environmental studies, political science, and urban studies, summa cum laude, from the University of Pittsburgh. Before joining Alston & Bird, Megan served as a law clerk to the Hon. Stephanie D. Thacker of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Fourth Circuit. 

In her spare time, Megan enjoys volunteering with the Legal Education Access Pipeline mentoring organization, arguing about football, and figuring out which national park she should visit next.

Nisha Albert

Nisha Albert

Nisha Albert

Nisha Albert is a third-year law student at the University of Illinois Chicago School of Law. She is an active member of the UIC Law community and has served on the board of the Asian Pacific American Law Students Association and the Environmental and Energy Law Society. Nisha is also on the Fall 2023 moot court team for Thomas Tang Competition. Nisha interned at the USDA Office of General Counsel during her 1L summer and at the Environmental Law and Policy Center during her 2L spring and summer.

Before law school, Nisha studied Biology and Environmental Studies at St. Olaf College. She then worked at the University of Missouri in a Crop Physiology lab studying switchgrass, a native prairie grass.

Nisha credits SEER for her exposure to environmental law. She attended the 2023 Spring Conference on Environmental Law. She also has been a student mentee in the SEER Bridge Law Student Mentorship Program. Nisha is excited to get more involved in SEER in her new role as the Section’s Liaison from the ABA Law Student Division.

In her spare time, Nisha plays violin in the Chicago Bar Association Symphony Orchestra. She also enjoys traveling, hiking, reading, and picking up too many hobbies; since starting law school, Nisha has learned to brew kombucha, sew clothes, and to like running.

Tanya Nesbitt

Tanya Nesbitt

Tanya Nesbitt

Tanya Nesbitt is a partner in the Atlanta, Georgia and Washington, D.C. offices of Thompson Hine LLP. She helps businesses in heavily regulated industries such as energy, refining, chemicals, and mining. Her goal is to help them navigate regulatory chaos and uncertainty, so that they can take back control of their business. Tanya has advised clients on a variety of environmental matters, including due diligence for asset acquisitions, permitting and compliance under the Clean Water Act, the Toxic Control Substances Act, the Resource Conservation and Recovery Act, and the National Environmental Policy Act. Tanya is a member of Thompson Hine's ESG Collaborative and routinely advises clients on the litigation risks associated with the marketing and advertising of environmental benefit claims. 

Prior to Thompson Hine LLP, Tanya served as a Special Assistant United States Attorney at the United States Attorney's Office in Washington, D.C. and a Trial Attorney at the Environment and Natural Resources Division at the United States Department of Justice in Washington, D.C. where she defended federal agency administrative decisions involving natural resources and public lands.

Tanya is the current co-chair of the SEER Public Land and Resources Committee. She previously served as a vice chair on the same committee. Tanya is a member of the D.C. Steering Committee for the Environmental Law Institute's Women in Environmental Law and Leadership. She also serves on Law 360's Environmental Editorial Advisory Board. Tanya is a frequent speaker and commentator on current environmental topics. Tanya is thankful to have found community, friendship, and professional mentorship in the ABA SEER community. 

Tanya maintains an active pro bono litigation practice focused on supporting survivors of domestic violence. She is a graduate of Smith College and The George Washington University. Outside of work, Tanya enjoys attending sporting events, supporting the performing arts, and traveling. 

Stuart Spencer

Stuart Spencer

Stuart Spencer

Stuart Spencer is the Senior Environmental Counsel for Tyson Foods, Inc.  His core responsibility is to provide legal advice to Tyson and its subsidiaries on all matters impacting environmental media. He primarily supports tasks related to maintaining or re-attaining compliance with federal and state laws and regulations. Stuart advises broadly on environmental policy matters and he supports Tyson’s litigation team as a subject matter expert in active environmental cases. He also assists Tyson’s M&A team on due diligence projects.   

Prior to joining Tyson, Stuart worked in private practice where he represented industry clients in environmental compliance and enforcement matters, primarily in the federal and state administrative space.  Stuart gained the bulk of his environmental and regulatory experience during his roughly ten years working in various legal and leadership positions at the Arkansas Division of Environmental Quality (DEQ). While at DEQ, he served as the Office of Air Quality Associate Director.  Stuart also served as DEQ's General Counsel, Legal Policy Advisor and Counsel in DEQ’s Office of Law and Policy.

Stuart is a current member of SEER’s Membership Diversity Enhancement Program (MDEP).  He previously served as a co-vice chair for written content on the SEER Air Quality Committee. In his time away from work, Stuart enjoys traveling, hiking, bike riding, and spending time with his husband and their eight (!) fur and feather babies.

Michael O'Hora

Michael O'Hora

Michael O'Hora

Michael O'Hora is a law student at the Elisabeth Haub School of Law at Pace University, pursuing a dual-degree program. He will begin Bard College's MS in Environmental Policy program in Fall 2023 and aims to graduate from both institutions in May 2025. Michael's focus is on environmental law and policy, particularly in environmental justice and land use law. Michael is dedicated to advocating for equitable and sustainable environmental practices benefiting all communities.

Michael first joined ABA SEER as a 1L and served as a Regional Rapporteur for the Section's International Environmental and Resources Law Committee. In this role he provided regular updates on environmental law developments in South America. As a 2L he serves as the Environmental Law Society Network Student Liaison and Year in Review Vice Chair on the Public Land and Resources Committee.

During his 1L summer Michael interned in the Real Estate Division of the City of Houston Legal Department, contributing to affordable housing efforts and hurricane recovery programs. For his 2L summer, he will work with the Environmental Justice Initiative / New York Environmental Law and Justice Project, addressing environmental justice concerns.

In his spare time, he enjoys hiking, following sports, and attending live music events.

Melissa Hagan

Melissa Hagan

Melissa Hagan

Melissa Hagan is a solo practitioner at The Law Office of Melissa B. Hagan, PLLC in Houston, Texas. Her practice focuses on the Clean Air Act, Climate, and ESG. Melissa is licensed in Texas and California. Her work ranges from guiding clients on compliance with California’s air and climate laws to developing an ESG strategy for startups. Melissa’s previous experience includes working for Union Pacific Railroad Company as National Environmental Counsel and Jones Day as an associate focused on litigation and environmental law. In addition to environmental work, Melissa recently completed a pro bono case assisting the descendants of former enslaved people in protecting their historic family cemetery.

Melissa is currently a co-vice chair for the Year in Review on the Climate Change, Sustainable Development, and Ecosystems Committee and a vice chair for the Superfund and Natural Resource Damages Litigation Committee. The ABA and SEER have enabled Melissa to have quick and easy access to many resources on diverse subject matters, including the launch of her new firm. Melissa enjoys attending SEER conferences for the opportunities to network and the intellectual stimulation.

Melissa is active in the Houston Bar Association, currently serving as a Director for the Environmental Section. She graduated from Texas A&M University with degrees in History and English. She received her J.D. from The University of Texas and LL.M in Environmental Law from The George Washington University Law School. Melissa enjoys staying informed about current events, reading, attending plays at Houston’s award-winning Alley Theater, hiking in Yosemite National Park, and cooking.

Sheronda Rose

Sheronda Rose

Sheronda Rose

Sheronda Rose is a Litigation Staff Attorney with the Chesapeake Bay Foundation at its headquarters located in Annapolis, Maryland, where her practice focuses on various state and federal laws, including the Clean Water Act. Her work includes developing administrative and judicial cases and appeals related to discharge permits, environmental justice, and land use. Sheronda's previous experience also includes legal and legislative work with the Maryland-National Capital Park and Planning Commission and conservation and policy work at the Department of Interior's U.S. Fish & Wildlife Service. 

She is currently a member of the Section’s Leadership Development Program and a Co-Vice Chair of Membership for the Water Resources Committee. Sheronda has been active with the ABA and SEER since law school and finds great value in the networking opportunities and practice related resources provided by SEER.

Sheronda is also active with local bar associations and provides pro bono legal services in conjunction with Maryland Legal Aid. She graduated from Christopher Newport University with a B.A. in Political Science and received her J.D. from the University of Maryland Francis King Carey School of Law with a concentration in Environmental Law. She is also a member of Delta Sigma Theta Sorority, Incorporated. In her spare time, she enjoys exploring trails, traveling, reading, and trying new recipes. 

Rodolfo Jaffé 

Rodolfo Jaffé

Rodolfo Jaffé

Rodolfo Jaffé is a Senior Scientist at Exponent, based in Bellevue, Washington. As a quantitative ecologist with more than ten years of research and consulting experience, he relies on inter-disciplinary approaches to assess how the alteration of natural habitats influences biodiversity and the provision of ecosystem services. Rodolfo has experience implementing the mitigation hierarchy (avoid, minimize, rectify, and compensate) to manage business impacts to biodiversity and ecosystem services, providing litigation support in Natural Resource Damage Assessments, undertaking ecological and environmental risk assessments, and working with threatened and endangered species. His work is grounded in data science, heavily relying on the curation of very large and messy datasets, data analytics and visualizations, spatial analyses and GIS, modeling, statistics, and machine learning.

Before joining Exponent Rodolfo worked in academic institutions from South America, Europe, Australia and the United States, NGOs, and a major mining company. He has published more than 60 peer-reviewed articles and serves as Academic Editor for the scientific journals PeerJ and Ecological Applications. 

Rodolfo currently serves as a vice chair on the Section’s Endangered Species Committee. In his spare time, he enjoys hiking, traveling, and playing music.

Nteboheng Mokuena

Nteboheng Mokuena

Nteboheng Mokuena

Nteboheng Mokuena is a second-year law student at Georgetown University Law Center in Washington, DC. At Georgetown, she is pursuing her JD and is very active in student life. She is a member of the Environmental Law Society and the Black Law Students Association, and serves as the Director of Alumni Relations of the Mid-Atlantic Black Law Students Association and Events Chair of the Georgetown Art Law Association. Nteboheng completed their first-year coursework at University of Miami School of Law. As a 1L, her team won the Pace Law Environmental Law and Policy Hack Competition for their written brief, presentation, and project proposal on nutrient pollution in Biscayne Bay. Additionally, Nteboheng received the Outstanding 1L Award from the HOPE Public Interest Resource Center for completing the most service hours of all 1Ls. Last summer, Nteboheng clerked with Earthjustice in Washington, DC. Next summer, Nteboheng will be a summer associate at Linklaters LLP in New York, NY.

Prior to law school, Nteboheng graduated from American University with a Bachelor of Arts in Political Science. After their undergraduate studies, Nteboheng worked as legal support staff in employment and renewable energy law and in politics as a digital campaign manager.

Nteboheng attended SEER’s Energy Transition Conference. She is also a student mentee in SEER’s Bridge Program which pairs law students to practicing energy and environmental attorneys and provides law students with monthly educational and professional development programming.

Outside of work, Nteboheng enjoys hiking, visiting museums, and riding public transportation in a new city.

Siyi Shen

Siyi Shen

Siyi Shen

Siyi Shen is an associate in the Environment & Natural Resources Group at Crowell & Moring LLP in Washington, D.C. Her practice covers regulatory counseling, litigation, and mediation involving major environmental statutes, including the Clean Air Act, Clean Water Act, RCRA, and CERCLA, with an emphasis on climate change, air quality, and sustainability. Siyi also has significant experience with ESG disclosure and California’s clean air and climate law, policy, and governance.

Siyi maintains an active pro bono practice, advising non-profit organizations on ESG and climate change issues involving product sustainability certifications, voluntary carbon markets, and climate-friendly employee benefits.

Prior to joining Crowell & Moring, Siyi was an attorney and researcher with one of the nation’s leading think tanks on environmental and climate change matters, where her work focused on carbon emissions trading system in California, climate change insurance law, and global plastic waste trade.

Siyi currently serves as a vice chair on the Section’s Climate Change, Sustainable Development, and Ecosystems Committee. In her spare time, Siyi enjoys traveling, hiking, and scuba diving.