Thomas Cmar joined Earthjustice in 2012 as a staff attorney for the Coal Program, based in Chicago.
Prior to joining Earthjustice, Thomas was an attorney for six years with the Natural Resources Defense Council, where he specialized in energy and water issues, and an Adjunct Lecturer in the Environmental Policy & Culture Program at Northwestern University.
Thomas has also worked as an attorney with the International Labor Rights Fund in Washington, D.C., and as a law clerk for United States Magistrate Judge Debra Freeman of the United States District Court for the Southern District of New York. He is a 2004 graduate of Harvard Law School and has a B.A. in Politics & Philosophy from the University of Pittsburgh.
I grew up in a small city in southwestern Ohio. My father’s father worked in a steel mill in Pittsburgh, and my mother’s father worked in a paint factory in Cincinnati. Those working class roots grew into a commitment to working for environmental and social justice.
I have found a home at Earthjustice, where I litigate to stop pollution that shortens lives and harms our iconic wild places.
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