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Melissa Legge

Equal Justice Works Fellow

Melissa Legge is an Equal Justice Works fellow at Earthjustice’s Northeast Office in New York. Her fellowship project aims to use the power of environmental law to fight for environmental justice for the incarcerated.

Melissa received her law degree from Yale Law School and a Master’s of Environmental Management from the Yale School of Forestry and Environmental Studies in May 2017. While in law school, Melissa spent summers at Earthjustice, the public interest energy law firm Spiegel & McDiarmid, and Environmental Defense Fund in Washington, D.C. During the school year, she was student in the Environmental Justice Clinic, a teaching fellow in the Environmental Protection Clinic, and a co-Director of the Temporary Restraining Order Project. Prior to law school, Melissa was an organizer at the consulting firm Grassroots Solutions in Minneapolis, Minnesota, working on federal energy and agricultural policy and other progressive campaigns.

She received an A.B. in Environmental Studies and American Culture Studies in 2010 from Washington University in St. Louis. Her hometown is St. Johnsbury, Vermont, in Vermont’s beautiful Northeast Kingdom.