Erika Lennon is a Senior Attorney in the Climate and Energy Program at the Center for International Environmental Law (CIEL). Prior to that, Erika spent seven years as the Coordinator for the Program on International and Comparative Environmental Law and the Environmental Law Summer Session. In this role, Erika engaged in research on a variety of topics, but primarily related to strengthening environmental and social standards at the international financial institutions and other topics related to sustainable finance and climate finance. Additionally, she worked to ensure accountability and improve the independent accountability mechanisms at development finance institutions. Erika has participated in consultations and drafted comments on environmental and social safeguards and accountability mechanism operational policies at numerous institutions. Additionally, she has worked with NGOs in drafting comments and evaluating the state of accountability in these development banks. Erika also worked with both J.D. and LL.M. students interested in environmental law, and worked with an SJD student completing her dissertation on issues related to trade and environment. Additionally, she helped lead the WCL contingent to the international climate negotiations in 2009, 2010, and 2011. Further, she helped coordinate conferences, moot court competitions and teams, developed curriculum, and managed the social media and web updates for the program. She also co-wrote sections on developments in international finance as it relates to the environment for various ABA year-in-review publications, and has written the yearly report about environmental developments at the Inter-American Development Bank for the Yearbook on International Environmental Law. Further, Erika helped edit reports for the Yearbook on International Environmental Law from 2010 to 2015 and helped edit International Financial Institutions and International Law, edited by Daniel Bradlow and David Hunter. In Fall 2012, Erika started as an adjunct professor teaching a section of Legal Research and Writing, a course for the international students enrolled in the ILSP and Law & Government LL.M programs. Prior to working at WCL, Erika worked as a temporary Staff Attorney at Greenpeace US. Erika received her J.D. from the Washington College of Law in 2008, where she focused on environmental law, was on the Senior Editorial Board of Sustainable Development Law and Policy (SDLP), for which she also wrote articles, externed at Greenpeace US, was a member of the Environmental Law Society, was a student attorney in the General Practice Clinic where she represented low-income clients in matters related to bankruptcy, probate, and child custody, and was a Dean's Fellow in the Legal Rhetoric Program. During her externship at Greenpeace US and her third year of law school, Erika's research focused on the Arctic and issues related to Arctic governance, including writing "A Tale of Two Poles: A Comparative Look at the Legal Regimes in The Arctic and The Antarctic," which was published in SDLP. Prior to law school, she was an AmeriCorps member and worked at the Alameda County Community Food Bank (Oakland, CA) as the Hunger Education and Research Assistant in the Policy and Services Department. While there she helped conduct a county-wide hunger study in which she coordinated teams of people to survey food bank clients and helped analyze the data. Erika graduated with a B.A. in history with honors and a minor in English from the University of California, Berkeley (2004). She is a member of the State Bar of California.
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