Madeline Collins

Madeline Collins

Clean Energy Attorney

Made­line Collins is an attor­ney with lit­i­ga­tion expe­ri­ence, an LLM in Envi­ron­men­tal Law, and a ded­i­ca­tion to serv­ing the pub­lic inter­est. Pri­or to join­ing the Cen­ter, Made­line was an Assis­tant Dis­trict Attor­ney with the Nas­sau Coun­ty Dis­trict Attorney’s Office, where she han­dled all aspects of lit­i­ga­tion, includ­ing dis­cov­ery, pre-tri­al motion prac­tice, pre-tri­al hear­ings, tri­als, appel­late briefs and motion prac­tice, and appel­late oral arguments.

Made­line earned a dual BA in Eng­lish and mar­ket­ing from La Salle Uni­ver­si­ty, where she grad­u­at­ed sum­ma cum laude. At La Salle, she was a mem­ber of the Hon­ors Pro­gram and was a mid­field­er on the University’s Divi­sion 1 women’s lacrosse team. Made­line earned a JD from St. John’s Uni­ver­si­ty School of Law. There, she served as the Exec­u­tive Direc­tor of the Moot Court Hon­or Soci­ety, worked as a legal writ­ing teach­ing assis­tant, and par­tic­i­pat­ed in the Pros­e­cu­tion Clinic.

After her JD pro­gram, Made­line earned an LLM in Envi­ron­men­tal Law from Ver­mont Law School, where she grad­u­at­ed with dis­tinc­tion. Dur­ing her LLM pro­gram, Made­line focused on cli­mate change, clean ener­gy, and ocean and coastal issues. She com­plet­ed LLM extern­ships with Save the Sound and The Sey­chelles Con­ser­va­tion and Cli­mate Adap­ta­tion Trust (Sey­C­CAT), and has been an active vol­un­teer with The Surfrid­er Foun­da­tion for over ten years.