About NRDC: NRDC Staff
Mitchell Bernard is NRDC's litigation director. 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 is a graduate of Princeton University and New York University School of Law, where he was a Hays Civil Liberties Fellow. He was 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 a senior attorney with NRDC’s Litigation Team in DC. Aaron has litigated cases regarding coastal water quality, farmworker exposure to pesticides, and toxic chemicals in children’s toys and other consumer products. Aaron also teaches an environmental protection clinic at Howard University School of Law. Before joining NRDC in 2001, Aaron worked as a litigation associate at Covington & Burling. Aaron graduated from Penn State University and Harvard Law School.
Elizabeth Forsyth is a Beagle Fellow and a member of the litigation team in the San Francisco office. Elizabeth previously clerked for Judge Thomas Zilly on the U.S. District Court for the Western District of Washington. She received her undergraduate degree in environmental science from Brown and her law degree from Harvard, where she served as a managing editor on the Harvard Environmental Law Review. Prior to law school, Elizabeth spent two years at EPA working on waste management and recycling on tribal land.
Rachel Heron has joined the Litigation Team in the Washington, D.C. office as the 2013-2015 Beagle Fellow. She previously clerked for Chief Judge Merrick Garland of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit. Rachel holds a J.D. from Harvard Law School, where she served as a managing editor of the Harvard Environmental Law Review, and represented clients through Harvard's Environmental Law & Policy Clinic, Green New York Clinic, and Supreme Court Clinic. Rachel received her bachelor's degree from Lafayette College, concentrating in both English and Geology.
Margaret Hsieh has joined NRDC's Litigation Team as the 2013-2015 Schwarz Fellow in New York. She previously interned with the Litigation Team in New York during the summer of 2010. Before returning to NRDC, 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. Margaret holds a J.D. from Yale Law School, an MPhil in Social Anthropological Analysis from the University of Cambridge, and an A.B. in Literature from Harvard College.
Selena Kyle is a senior Litigation Team attorney in the Midwest office. Her current docket includes actions to abate toxic contamination from a rural Tennessee landfill, stormwater pollution in Los Angeles County, and overfishing of Pacific groundfish. Selena has also supported litigation to strengthen nationwide monitoring for lead in the ambient air; to protect the delta smelt from risks of extinction posed by federal and state water projects in California; and to conserve wilderness-quality lands in the Sierra Nevada. Before joining NRDC, Selena clerked for Judge Susan Dlott on the U.S. District Court for the Southern District of Ohio. She holds a J.D. from Stanford Law School and bachelor’s degrees in Economics and Urban Studies from Stanford University.
Michelle Levinson has joined NRDC as the Litigation Program Assistant for the Litigation Team in Washington, DC. After graduating from Brown University with an International Relations degree, Michelle spent the year teaching English in Spain. During college Michelle attended the UN Framework Convention on Climate Change in Cancun and spent summers with both The Nature Conservancy and the US Department of Justice.
Nancy Marks is a senior attorney in the New York office, where she has worked since 1986. She litigates citizen suits nationally, focusing on air and water pollution, hazardous wastes, and environmental injustices. 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.
is the litigation assistant for the litigation team in San Francisco. Prior to joining NRDC, she studied substance use and youth cultures at the Institute for Scientific Analysis, a sociological research non-profit. Sharmeen holds a B.A. in sociology from UC Berkeley.
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.
Cassie Marlantes Rahm is a Beagle Fellow and a member of the Litigation Team in the New York office. She received her undergraduate and law degrees from Harvard University, and during law school served as an editor on the Harvard Law Review. Prior to joining NRDC, Cassie worked as a litigation associate at WilmerHale and clerked for Judge Pierre N. Leval on the Second Circuit Court of Appeals.
Jen Sorenson is an attorney with NRDC's Litigation Team in San Francisco. In 2012, she successfully represented the plaintiffs in a suit against the U.S. Food and Drug Administration to restrict the nontherapeutic use of antibiotics in livestock production. She has also worked on actions to abate water and groundwater pollution, and to defend California's efforts to require disclosure of harmful chemicals in consumer products. Before joining NRDC, Jen clerked for the Honorable Marsha S. Berzon on the Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals. She graduated from Wesleyan University and Yale Law School.
Craig Spencer is the Legal Program Assistant for the Litigation Team in Chicago. Before joining NRDC Chicago, Craig was a Research Assistant at the American Bar Foundation, a Princeton-in-Asia Research Fellow at NRDC Beijing, and a Business Analyst with a green technology start-up in Indiana. Craig holds bachelor's degrees in History and International Studies from Northwestern University.
Sarah Tallman has joined the Litigation Team as a Litigation Fellow in Chicago. She is a graduate of Princeton and Yale Law School, where she was an articles editor for the Yale Journal of Law & Feminism and participated in the San Francisco Affirmative Litigation Project. She has previously worked for Kobre & Kim LLP, the New York City Law Department, Sidley Austin, and clerked for Hon. Karen Nelson Moore on the Sixth Circuit Court of Appeals.
Michael Wall is a senior Litigation Team attorney in San Francisco. He led the environmental plaintiffs' trial teams in two evidentiary hearings to protect delta smelt and chinook salmon from the operations of state and federal water projects, won a ruling that the U.S. Maritime Administration must stop operating its Suisun Bay "ghost fleet" as an illegal hazardous waste facility, established that the U.S. Bureau of Reclamation had illegally dried out sixty miles of the San Joaquin River for half a century, and achieved a landmark environmental justice victory to protect drinking water for the residents of Dickson, Tennessee. Before joining NRDC, he served in the U.S. Department of Justice, Environment Division, and practiced at a San Francisco firm. He graduated from Harvard College and Harvard Law School and clerked on the Eleventh Circuit.
Michelle Wu is the litigation assistant for the litigation team in New York. She graduated from Princeton University with a bachelor's degree in ecology and evolutionary biology and a certificate in neuroscience. Prior to joining NRDC, Michelle worked at the Association to Benefit Children, an education not-for-profit organization in New York.