Jessica Bell

Jessica Bell

Deputy Director

Jes­si­ca Bell is an expe­ri­enced attor­ney ded­i­cat­ed to pro­mot­ing the pub­lic inter­est in the envi­ron­men­tal and ener­gy sec­tors. She pre­vi­ous­ly served as the Clean Ener­gy Attor­ney at the Cen­ter, focus­ing on ener­gy law issues at the Fed­er­al Ener­gy Reg­u­la­to­ry Com­mis­sion and on state ener­gy pol­i­cy mat­ters. Imme­di­ate­ly pri­or to join­ing the Cen­ter, she was an asso­ciate at Spiegel & McDi­armid LLP, where she advo­cat­ed for munic­i­pal util­i­ties before state and fed­er­al agen­cies and courts. Before enter­ing pri­vate prac­tice, she was an hon­ors fel­low in the Office of Gen­er­al Coun­sel of the U.S. Envi­ron­men­tal Pro­tec­tion Agency, focus­ing on legal issues relat­ed to research and devel­op­ment, pes­ti­cides and tox­i­cs, and imple­men­ta­tion of fed­er­al envi­ron­men­tal laws in Indi­an Coun­try. She also served as a law clerk to the Hon­or­able Andrew M. Mead of the Maine Supreme Judi­cial Court. Bell grad­u­at­ed from Welles­ley Col­lege cum laude with a BA in chem­istry and earned a JD with aca­d­e­m­ic hon­ors from the Colum­bia Uni­ver­si­ty School of Law. Dur­ing law school, she served on the board of the Human Rights Law Review and com­plet­ed intern­ships at the State of Alas­ka Depart­ment of Law and the U.S. Depart­ment of Justice.


Academic Articles

Putting the Pub­lic Back into Pub­lic Con­ve­nience and Neces­si­ty in Nat­ur­al Gas Pipeline Cer­tifi­cates
(Spring 2022Amer­i­can Bar Asso­ci­a­tion, Nat­ur­al Resources & Envi­ron­ment • Co-Author)

Cli­mate Stum­bling Blocks: Zom­bie Ener­gy Laws, States, and the Path to Paris
(2021Envi­ron­men­tal Law Reporter • Co-Author)

The Clean Pow­er Plan and Car­bon Emis­sion Trad­ing in Indi­an Coun­try: Explor­ing Oppor­tu­ni­ties and Imple­men­ta­tion Issues
(August 2016Amer­i­can Bar Asso­ci­a­tion, Sec­tion of Envi­ron­ment, Ener­gy, and Resources • Co-Author)

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