Kim Smaczniak is the Managing Attorney of the Clean Energy Program. Based in Washington, D.C., she leads Earthjustice’s work to accelerate our transition to 100% clean energy and ensure everyone benefits from a thriving clean energy economy. Previously, as a Staff Attorney on the Clean Energy team, she shaped legal strategies to ensure a fair playing field for clean energy in federally-regulated electricity markets.
Under the Obama Administration, Kim served as lead mitigation negotiator for the U.S. Department of State climate negotiations team, shaping strategies to ensure rapid implementation of the Paris Agreement and deepen U.S. engagement in support of climate mitigation. Prior to joining the State Department, Kim served as counsel at the Senate Environment and Public Works Committee, providing legal advice and supporting federal oversight relating to a variety of environmental laws, and as a Trial Attorney with the United States Department of Justice (DOJ) Environmental and Natural Resource Division. At the U.S. Department of Justice, Kim had a diverse practice litigating on behalf of federal agencies under federal environmental laws, including defending the Environmental Protection Agency’s greenhouse gas rules in the D.C. Circuit. Kim was nominated for her work at the Department of Justice for the John Marshall Award, DOJ’s highest awards offered to attorneys.
Outside of Earthjustice, Kim teaches (law school course and an undergraduate seminar), volunteers with the American Bar Association, and enjoys researching and writing about the importance of environmental rule of law. In her free time, Kim loves to spend time planting native species in her yard with her chocolate rescue lab, Guinness.
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