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Urban and Environmental Policy and Planning

Amy Laura Cahn

Lecturer

Amy Laura Cahn

Lecturer

Phone 617-627-3394
97 Talbot Avenue, Medford, MA
Biography: 

Amy Laura Cahn is an environmental and climate justice attorney. Through movement lawyering practice and scholarship, Amy Laura collaborates with organizers and communities to confront the cumulative effects of racial segregation, neighborhood disinvestment, and environmental risk--designing new models for governance, expanding mechanisms for community control of resources, and creating pathways to resilience and self-determination. She currently serves as a Senior Attorney and Interim Director of the Healthy Communities & Environmental Justice Program at the Conservation Law Foundation. Amy Laura joined CLF from the Public Interest Law Center in Philadelphia, where she was a Skadden Fellow and founding Director of the Garden Justice Legal Initiative—the nation’s first urban agriculture law clinic. For five years, Amy Laura served as legal counsel to residents in the frontline floodplain community of Eastwick in addressing the legacy injustices of this country's largest urban renewal project.

Amy Laura has served as a co-chair of the Philadelphia Mayor's Food Policy Advisory Council and has served on the boards of Jane Place Neighborhood Sustainability Initiative (New Orleans), Neighborhood Gardens Trust (Philadelphia) and Bread and Roses Community Fund (Philadelphia). She currently sits on the University of Pennsylvania Alumni Advisory Board for Inclusion & Engagement. Amy Laura is a longtime community organizer and co-founder of Lower Manhattan's Bluestockings Bookstore.

Education: 
B.A. summa cum laude, Hunter College
J.D., magna cum laude, University of Pennsylvania Law School
Expertise: 

Climate change and environmental law and policy; Climate, environmental, land, and food justice; Urban policy, just cities, and the commons