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.

The Latest from Melissa Legge

June 20, 2024

In the News: WAMC Northeast Public Radio

Danskammer withdraws permit application for Newburgh generation facility

“The decision shows how the courts and the Department of Environmental Conservation are upholding that law and enforcing that law. New York does not need any more gas plants like Danskammer. What New York needs is renewables like solar and wind to come online and battery storage in order to reduce pollution and decarbonize the electric grid in the state.”