Candice Youngblood first joined Earthjustice’s Los Angeles office as a litigation assistant in 2015 and returned as a Skadden Fellow in 2021. Her work focuses on the intersection of clean transportation and racial justice issues.
An asthmatic, Candice grew up in Los Angeles County living beside major freeways. She became motivated to protect the right to breathe clean air after realizing that the high rates of asthma and other respiratory diseases in low-income communities and communities of color are linked to their disproportionate traffic pollution exposure. Raised in a family of truck drivers, Candice is also committed to achieving a just transition for fossil fuel-dependent communities as we shift toward a clean energy economy.
Candice earned undergraduate and law degrees from the University of California, Berkeley. In 2019, she received Berkeley Law’s annual Francine Marie Diaz Memorial Award for her commitment to social justice. Candice clerked for the Honorable Dale A. Drozd in the U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of California prior to returning to Earthjustice. While clerking, Candice also founded Youth on Root, an environmental justice leadership program for California youth.
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