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.
Peter DeMarco is a Ford Fellow with the Litigation Team in Washington, D.C. He holds a J.D. from Stanford Law School and an M.S. from Stanford's Emmett-Interdisciplinary Program in Environment and Resources. At Stanford, Pete served as Co-Editor-in-Chief of the Stanford Environmental Law Journal and participated in the Environmental Law Clinic and the Afghanistan Legal Education Project. He received a B.A. in Political Science from Furman University and an M.A. in African Studies from the University of Ghana at Legon.
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 is a Schwarz Fellow with NRDC's Litigation Team in New York. She previously interned with the Litigation Team 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.
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 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.
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.
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.
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. 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.