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Rebecca Judd

Sr. Legislative Counsel

Issue Areas & Contact

  • National forests
  • Public lands
  • Climate adaptation

Office Phone: (202) 745-5225

Rebecca works within Earthjustice’s Policy and Legislative team to advocate for our National Forest System and other public lands. She lobbies members of Congress and the Administration to protect against large-scale logging and industrialized development of our public forest lands in order to preserve our natural heritage and the important benefits that these lands provide, such as clean drinking water, recreation, and wildlife habitat.

Rebecca earned her J.D., magna cum laude, from the Tulane University School of Law and her B.S. from Purdue University. During law school, she served as Managing Editor of the Tulane Environmental Law Journal, Student Attorney with the Tulane Environmental Law Clinic, and as a law clerk at Sierra Club, the Gulf Restoration Network, National Wildlife Federation, and the public interest law firm Meyer Glitzenstein & Crystal.

Prior to joining Earthjustice in 2010, she was a Senior Attorney with The Humane Society of the United States, working on wildlife protection issues.

Personal Story

In the summer of 2003, I clerked for Sierra Club after my first year of law school and assisted with a case challenging the logging and burning of over 5,000 acres of the Eldorado National Forest in California.

A group of us was able to hike in an area slated for timber removal, and it was eerily disturbing to witness firsthand how many trees were marked for destruction. That experience motivated me to continue my work to advocate for the protection of our environment, our cherished landscapes and natural habitat, and the species that depend upon them.

I grew up in the Midwest—primarily Ohio and Indiana—where national forests unfortunately are not very prevalent. Many folks from these states who don’t live near national forests make a point to pile the family in the car and visit them at some point, sometimes habitually. I have fond memories of our family visiting the Hoosier National Forest in southern Indiana and vacationing one summer in Tennessee near the Land Between the Lakes National Recreation Area and Cherokee National Forest.

Those visits inspired my love of nature and sparked my interest in embarking on a career to protect our environment.

About Earthjustice

Earthjustice is the premier nonprofit environmental law organization. We wield the power of law and the strength of partnership to protect people’s health, to preserve magnificent places and wildlife, to advance clean energy, and to combat climate change. We are here because the earth needs a good lawyer.