January 01, 2020

Interview: Jesse Iliff—South Riverkeeper

Interviewed by Milo Mason

Jesse Iliff is an attorney who obtained his JD with a certificate of concentration in environmental law from the University of Maryland Carey School of Law. A native of Arnold, Maryland, he interned with the Maryland Office of the Attorney General’s Environmental Crimes Unit while studying for the bar exam. He then entered private practice in 2010 and litigated a variety of cases in state and federal court. While in law school, Iliff received a Public Service Award for designing a pro bono project for environmental law students to assist in litigation regarding unsound wastewater treatment and retention practices by surface mining companies in West Virginia. He also served as co-executive of the Maryland Environmental Law Society, designing and implementing conservation and fundraising programs for the student organization, and he completed an Asper Fellowship with the Anne Arundel County office of Law’s land use and natural resources division. Before joining the Arundel Rivers Federation, Iliff provided pro bono counsel and representation to several community groups and nonprofit organizations through the Chesapeake Legal Alliance, most notably securing a permit from the Maryland Department of Environment to construct a living shoreline for the Pines Community Association on the Severn River in 2014.

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