Melissa Legge

Senior Associate Attorney Clean Energy Program


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Melissa Legge is a senior associate attorney with the Clean Energy Program, based in New York. Melissa came to Earthjustice as an Equal Justice Works Fellow for the Northeast Regional Office. Her fellowship project aimed 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, 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 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.