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Colin Dobell L’22

Colin is an aspiring environmental lawyer with a particular interest in environmental justice and how climate change adversely affects communities already pushed to the margins.

Colin received a B.S. in Engineering Physics from Fordham University. After completing his undergraduate degree, Colin worked in climate change resilience and disaster recovery in communities affected by Hurricane Sandy in south Brooklyn and Queens. He chose to come to law school so he could more proactively address climate change and other environmental issues. He decided to augment his understanding of hard science and growing understanding of the law by pursuing a Certificate in Environmental Policy from the Environmental Studies program.

Colin is on the board of Penn Law’s Environmental Law Project, If/When/How: Lawyering for Reproductive Justice, Equal Justice Foundation, and American Constitutional Society. He is a cofounder and member of an exploratory committee for Trans Empowerment and Advocacy, a project intended to help low income trans people access the legal system. Colin has worked as a legal intern with Clean Air Council, a Philadelphia based public interest organization that does environmental litigation and policy. For the summer of his 1L year, he will be joining the Sierra Club in Oakland, CA.