Colin C. O'Brien joined the Alaska office of Earthjustice in April 2011, having first worked as a summer law clerk at Earthjustice's Northern Rockies office in 2001.
Prior to his return to Earthjustice, Colin worked for four years as an associate in the Environmental Practice Group at the New York office of Sidley Austin LLP, and then for four years as a staff attorney for the Natural Resources Defense Council’s “Clean Air Project” in Washington, D.C. He also served as a law clerk for the Honorable Richard J. Cardamone of the U.S. Court of Appeals, Second Circuit.
Colin received a bachelor's degree in political science summa cum laude from The Ohio State University. He is also a graduate of Yale Law School (J.D.) and the Yale School of Forestry and Environmental Studies (Master of Environmental Management).
Colin was recognized as the 2013 “Conservationist of the Year” by the Northern Alaska Environmental Center for his work to protect air quality in the Arctic and in Fairbanks, Alaska. He has also successfully litigated to protect endangered Steller sea lions and the rich ocean ecosystem of the North Pacific.
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