About NRDC: NRDC Staff
Mitchell Bernard formerly NRDC's litigation director, is now its Chief Operating Officer. At NRDC, he has successfully litigated water, air, toxics, and environmental justice cases against Texaco, Mallinckrodt, Duke Energy, and a variety of government agencies. From 1995-98, as a monitor appointed by United States District Judge John S. Martin, Jr., he oversaw the creation and implementation of an environmental compliance program at Con Edison. He later served as a consultant to the United States Attorney for the Southern District of New York. He graduated with honors from Princeton University, where he received the Page Prize for Achievements in Creative Writing. He is a graduate of New York University School of Law, where he was a Hays Civil Liberties Fellow and won the Poses Prize for student clinical practice. He served as a law clerk in the United States Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit.
Dimple Chaudhary is a senior attorney with NRDC's Litigation Team in Washington, D.C. Dimple previously worked with NRDC's Urban Program and Litigation Team as a legal fellow from 2005-2007. Before returning to NRDC, she clerked for Judge Carol B. Amon for the U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of New York and worked as a litigation associate at WilmerHale LLP. Dimple holds a J.D. from Columbia Law School, an M.Sc. in Urban Planning from the London School of Economics, and a bachelor's degree from Harvard University.
Aaron Colangelo is co-Litigation Director of NRDC. He has served as lead counsel in several dozen cases at NRDC, including lawsuits related to coastal water quality, migrant farmworker health, drinking water contamination, food safety, hazardous waste cleanup, and endangered species protections. Before joining NRDC, Aaron practiced at a private law firm and a non-profit legal services clinic, both in Washington DC. He also taught an environmental protection seminar at Howard University School of Law for four years. Aaron graduated with honors from Penn State University and Harvard Law School, where he was an editor on the Harvard Law Review.
Kate Desormeau is an attorney with NRDC's Litigation Team in San Francisco. Prior to joining NRDC in 2015, Kate worked as a staff attorney with the Immigrants' Rights Project of the American Civil Liberties Union. She has also worked as a researcher at the Carr Center for Human Rights Policy at Harvard University; as a Social Justice and Impact Litigation Fellow in the County Counsel's Office for Santa Clara County, California; and as a law clerk for the Honorable Marsha Berzon of the 9th Circuit Court of Appeals. She holds a J.D. from Yale Law School, a Master's Degree in Refugee Studies from Oxford University, and a B.A. from Williams College.
Evan Feinauer is a Litigation Fellow in NRDC's Chicago Office. He holds a J.D. from The University of Chicago Law School, where he was managing editor of the University of Chicago Legal Forum and worked in the Abrams Environmental Law Clinic. He received his B.A. in philosophy and political science from the University of Wisconsin and his M.S. in Ethics and Public Policy from Suffolk University.
Sarah Fort is a Beagle Fellow with NRDC's Litigation Team in DC. Before joining NRDC, Sarah worked as an associate attorney at the Southern Environmental Law Center in Charlottesville, Virginia and clerked for Judge F. Dennis Saylor IV on the U.S. District Court for the District of Massachusetts. Sarah received a bachelor's degree from Brown University and a law degree from Harvard Law School. Prior to law school, Sarah worked for Partnerships for Parks in New York City.
Margaret Hsieh is an attorney on NRDC's Litigation Team in New York. Before then, she was a Schwarz Fellow with the team and also interned with the team during the summer of 2010. Margaret clerked for Judge Marsha Berzon in the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit and Judge Allyne Ross in the U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of New York. She holds a J.D. from Yale Law School, where she served on the Yale Law Review; an MPhil in Social Anthropological Analysis from the University of Cambridge; and an A.B. in Literature from Harvard College.
Jared Knicley is a Beagle Fellow with NRDC's Litigation Team in Washington, D.C. He previously interned in the D.C. office during the summer of 2011. Before returning to NRDC, Jared clerked for Judge Diana Gribbon Motz on the U.S Court of Appeals for the Fourth Circuit and for Judge Ellen Segal Huvelle on the U.S. District Court for the District of Columbia. Jared holds a J.D. from Harvard Law School, where he was editor-in-chief of the Harvard Environmental Law Review, participated in the Green New York Clinic, and served as a teaching fellow for a course on environmental politics. Jared received his bachelor’s degree in urban and environmental planning from the University of Virginia.
Selena Kyle heads the Chicago branch of the Litigation Team. She is working to defend EPA's new carbon-pollution regulations for new and existing power plants and to challenge oil and gas production and transportation projects that threaten sensitive communities and scarce water supplies. She also provides legal support for NRDC's campaign to end the open storage of petroleum coke and coal in Chicago's working-class neighborhoods. Her past work includes successful lawsuits to block a California state budget raid of $155 million in energy efficiency funding; to protect neighbors of a rural Tennessee landfill from toxic contamination that has leached into their well water and the air in and around their homes; and to curb overfishing of Pacific groundfish. In 2012, a California legal newspaper named Selena one of the state's top 50 lawyers in their first decade of practice. Before joining NRDC, Selena clerked for Judge Susan Dlott on the U.S. District Court for the Southern District of Ohio. She attended Stanford Law School and University.
Jennifer Lee is the litigation assistant for the Litigation Team in DC. Before joining NRDC, Jennifer was a legal assistant at Skadden Arps, a finance intern at Citigroup, and traveled to Costa Rica to study tropical ecology and sustainable development. She graduated from the University of Michigan with bachelor's degrees in environmental policy and international studies.
Gabriel Levine is the litigation assistant for the Litigation Team in New York. He graduated with a bachelor's degree in Political Science from Yale University, where he wrote his senior thesis on the ethics of climate engineering. Gabe previously worked as a Yale President's Public Service Fellow with the City of New Haven Office of Sustainability, and as an intern with NRDC’s New York Program.
Nancy Marks is a senior attorney on the Litigation Team in New York, where she has worked since 1986. She has worked recently on cases to clean up chromium wastes from a residential urban community, to abate moldy conditions in New York City public housing for residents with asthma, to ban pesticides and other dangerous chemicals, and to address mercury contamination in two rivers. Nancy also co-directs NRDC’s environmental law clinic with New York University School of Law. She holds degrees in geology from Williams College and Stanford University and is a 1983 graduate of Harvard Law School. Prior to joining NRDC in New York, Nancy served two years in the environmental protection division of the Massachusetts attorney general’s office, and spent one year as a legal fellow in NRDC’s San Francisco office.
Jaclyn Prange is an attorney with the litigation team in San Francisco. Before joining NRDC, Jackie represented public agencies and environmental organizations in land use and environmental matters at Shute, Mihaly & Weinberger LLP. She also clerked for the Honorable Cormac J. Carney on the U.S. District Court for the Central District of California. Jackie holds a J.D. from UCLA School of Law, an M.P.H. in environmental health sciences from UCLA School of Public Health, and a B.S. in biology and political science from University of Oregon.
Josh Purtle is a Koob Fellow in NRDC's San Francisco Office. Before joining the Litigation Team, Josh clerked for Justice Joel H. Bolger of the Supreme Court of Alaska. Josh holds a J.D. from Harvard Law School, where he was a managing editor of the Harvard Environmental Law Review, and a B.S. in Chemistry from Yale College.
Cassie Marlantes Rahm is an attorney with the Litigation Team in New York. She has worked on cases in federal and state court involving mountaintop removal coal mining, stormwater pollution, and pesticide regulation, among others. Prior to joining NRDC in 2011, Cassie worked as a litigation associate at WilmerHale and clerked for Judge Pierre N. Leval on the Second Circuit Court of Appeals. Cassie received her undergraduate and law degrees from Harvard University, and during law school served as an editor on the Harvard Law Review.
Jen Sorenson is an attorney with NRDC's Litigation Team in San Francisco. Recently, she achieved a landmark settlement with the U.S. Navy, resulting in unprecedented measures to protect whales and dolphins from the Navy's use of powerful sonar and explosives during training and testing. She has also worked on actions to restrict the use of antibiotics in livestock production, to abate groundwater pollution, and to inform the public about toxic chemicals in consumer products. In 2013, Jen received the Distinguished Environmental Advocates "Rising Star" Award from the American Bar Association's Section of Environment, Energy, and Resources. Before joining NRDC, she clerked for the Honorable Marsha S. Berzon on the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit. She earned her BA in English from Wesleyan University in 2001 and her JD from Yale Law School in 2009.
Craig Spencer is the legal program assistant in NRDC's Chicago Office. Before joining the Litigation Team, Craig was a research assistant at the American Bar Foundation and a Princeton-in-Asia Research Fellow in NRDC's Beijing Office, where he worked to support the legal advocacy of Chinese environmental non-profits. Craig received his bachelor's degrees in history and international studies from Northwestern University.
Sarah Tallman is a Litigation Fellow in NRDC's Chicago Office. Before joining the Litigation Team, Sarah clerked for Hon. Karen Nelson Moore on the Sixth Circuit Court of Appeals. Sarah holds a J.D. from Yale Law School, where she served on the admissions committee of the Yale Law Journal and was an articles editor for the Yale Journal of Law & Feminism. She received her bachelor's degree in philosophy from Princeton University.
Jared Thompson is an attorney on the Litigation Team in Washington, DC. He graduated from Stanford Law School with a joint degree in environment and resources. Jared spent three years as a legal fellow at NRDC, worked as a litigation associate at a private law firm, and clerked for a federal district court judge in Philadelphia, before rejoining the Litigation Team in 2015. At NRDC, Jared has worked on cases designed to remediate toxic pollution in the Anacostia and Penobscot Rivers, protect sensitive wetlands in Indiana, and safeguard energy efficiency standards and funding.
Michael Wall is co-Litigation Director of NRDC, where he brings cases to prevent pollution, protect public health and the environment, and preserve the rights of all Americans to seek justice in the courts. Since joining NRDC in 2002, he has led the plaintiffs' trial teams in two multi-week trials that reshaped federal and state water operations in California's Central Valley; won rulings that forced the Maritime Administration to halt the unpermitted discharge of hazardous waste from the Suisun Bay Reserve Fleet and that found the Bureau of Reclamation liable for drying out sixty miles of the San Joaquin River below Friant Dam; and achieved a landmark environmental justice victory to protect the residents of Dickson, Tennessee, from TCE in groundwater and their homes. Before joining NRDC, Michael served as a trial attorney at the U.S. Department of Justice, Environment & Natural Resources Division, and practiced at a private law firm. He graduated magna cum laude from Harvard College and Harvard Law School, where he was an editor of the Harvard Law Review; clerked for the Honorable Edward E. Carnes on the Eleventh Circuit; and is a Fellow of the American College of Environmental Lawyers.
Milcah Zewdie is the litigation assistant for the Litigation Team in San Francisco. Milcah holds a B.A. from Boston University, where she studied Environmental Science and Public Health. Prior to joining NRDC, Milcah interned with both The R20- Regions of Climate Action and The Alliance for Health Promotion in Geneva to develop a renewable energy project in Kenya and also with the Human Impacts Institute in New York City, where she implemented programs across the U.S. with the German Consulate.