Environmental Career Paths: Panel & Networking at SULC

  • Thursday, October 20, 2022
  • 1:00pm–2:00pm EST
  • Online Event

The State Ener­gy & Envi­ron­men­tal Impact Cen­ter at NYU School of Law and South­ern Uni­ver­si­ty Law Cen­ter invite you to learn about careers in cli­mate, envi­ron­men­tal, and ener­gy law in the gov­ern­ment and pub­lic inter­est sec­tors. Join us on Octo­ber 20, 2022 at 12pm Cen­tral (1pm East­ern) for a pan­el dis­cus­sion around ques­tions such as: what does a reg­u­lar day’s work look like? what was your path towards envi­ron­men­tal law? and what are the pros and cons of work­ing as an envi­ron­men­tal lawyer?


Zora Djenohan

Zora Djeno­han

Asso­ciate Attor­ney at Earthjustice

Zora works as an asso­ciate attor­ney for the Fos­sil Fuels pro­gram at Earth­jus­tice. Their work cen­ters on sus­tain­ing com­mu­ni­ty part­ner­ship to tack­le the fos­sil fuel infra­struc­ture build out in the Gulf South. Zora was born in Abid­jan, Côte d’Ivoire, raised in Seat­tle, Wash­ing­ton, and moved to New Orleans to attend law school. Zora attend­ed Loy­ola Uni­ver­si­ty of New Orleans Col­lege if Law, where they became involved with the local envi­ron­men­tal jus­tice move­ment. Zora was par­tic­u­lar­ly inspired by local, Black-led orga­ni­za­tions fight­ing against the many man­i­fes­ta­tions of envi­ron­men­tal racism in the stretch of land between Baton Rouge and New Orleans, that has come to be known as Can­cer Alley. It was this involve­ment that led Zora to a career in envi­ron­men­tal law, part­ner­ing with those same com­mu­ni­ties to push back against fos­sil fuel indus­try expan­sion in the region.

Charmel Gaulden

Charmel Gaulden

Pres­i­dent & CEO at Foun­da­tion for Louisiana

Charmel is Foun­da­tion for Louisiana’s Pres­i­dent and CEO. She has over 15 years of expe­ri­ence in phil­an­thropic lead­er­ship, non­prof­it admin­is­tra­tion, pro­gram design, and strate­gic advo­ca­cy. Charmel has been a vision­ary leader in Louisiana and the Gulf South. She is known across the region for her ground­break­ing work with the Greater New Orleans Fun­ders Net­work, her inno­v­a­tive grant­mak­ing and thought lead­er­ship in reduc­ing vio­lence and accel­er­at­ing crim­i­nal legal reform, and for being a tal­ent­ed con­ven­er across sec­tors toward solv­ing our most intran­si­gent chal­lenges. She earned her Bach­e­lor of Sci­ence degree in Psy­chol­o­gy from Xavier Uni­ver­si­ty of Louisiana and her Juris Doc­tor­ate from the Uni­ver­si­ty of Geor­gia. Licensed in both Geor­gia and Louisiana, Charmel has prac­ticed law in both state and fed­er­al courts.

Machelle Hall

Machelle Hall

Assis­tant Attor­ney Gen­er­al at Louisiana Depart­ment of Jus­tice, Lands and Nat­ur­al Resource Section

Machelle is an Assis­tant Attor­ney Gen­er­al in the Lands and Nat­ur­al Resources sec­tion at the Louisiana Depart­ment of Jus­tice. She also teach­es Ani­mal Law as an adjunct at Tulane and LSU, teach­es Draft­ing Envi­ron­men­tal Laws each sum­mer at the Inter­na­tion­al Leg­isla­tive Draft­ing Insti­tute, and serves on the board of the LaSP­CA. She pre­vi­ous­ly worked as a full-time clin­i­cal pro­fes­sor at the Tulane Envi­ron­men­tal Law Clin­ic and before that as an attor­ney with a firm that spe­cial­ized in tox­ic torts, oys­ter fish­eries, tak­ings, and cli­mate change lit­i­ga­tion. Ms. Hall has also taught Inter­na­tion­al Envi­ron­men­tal Law for two sum­mers at Baku State Uni­ver­si­ty in Azer­bai­jan under the ABA and U.S. State Department’s Rule of Law project. Before law school, Ms. Hall was an archae­ol­o­gist doing cul­tur­al resources sur­veys under the Nation­al His­toric Preser­va­tion Act in the Upper Mid­west and the South, and she also received a Master’s degree in Nation­al­ism Stud­ies from Cen­tral Euro­pean Uni­ver­si­ty in Budapest, Hungary.

Beaux Jones

Beaux Jones

Gen­er­al Coun­sel and Chief of Staff at The Water Insti­tute of the Gulf

Beaux is the Gen­er­al Coun­sel and Chief of Staff for The Water Insti­tute of the Gulf. Pri­or to join­ing the Insti­tute, Jones served as the envi­ron­men­tal sec­tion chief for the Louisiana Depart­ment of Jus­tice, where he rep­re­sent­ed the State of Louisiana and its agen­cies in a wide vari­ety of mat­ters rang­ing from envi­ron­men­tal and coastal law to crim­i­nal and appel­late law. He most recent­ly worked as an envi­ron­men­tal and coastal lawyer for the law firm Bald­win Haspel Burke & May­er in New Orleans. Jones has exten­sive expe­ri­ence rep­re­sent­ing agen­cies, com­pa­nies and orga­ni­za­tions inside the court­room and inter­nal­ly. He has argued cas­es at every lev­el of state and fed­er­al court in Louisiana and has worked on sev­er­al high-pro­file cas­es relat­ed to the Gulf Coast and Louisiana. He was on the BP spill lit­i­ga­tion team with the Louisiana Attor­ney General. 

Jones han­dles gen­er­al legal mat­ters for the Insti­tute, such as con­tracts and immi­gra­tion law, but is also a key mem­ber of the lead­er­ship team, merg­ing the Institute’s ongo­ing work in sci­ence, engi­neer­ing and resilien­cy with legal pol­i­cy. Jones earned his bachelor’s from David­son Col­lege and his law degree from the Paul M. Hebert Law Cen­ter at LSU. He is active in a vari­ety of com­mu­ni­ty and envi­ron­men­tal causes.

Megan Terrell

Megan Ter­rell

Part­ner at Plauche & Carr LLP

Megan is a part­ner with Plauché & Carr LLP. She pro­vides coun­sel on issues regard­ing envi­ron­men­tal, nat­ur­al resources and coastal law, as well as admin­is­tra­tive, gov­ern­men­tal, and con­sti­tu­tion­al law. She has rep­re­sent­ed clients on a wide array of issues, includ­ing fed­er­al and state project per­mit­ting, reg­u­la­to­ry, and enforce­ment mat­ters; envi­ron­men­tal, coastal restora­tion, and resilience issues; mit­i­ga­tion and ecosys­tem bank­ing; land use and con­ser­va­tion ease­ments; and fed­er­al and state gov­ern­men­tal and leg­isla­tive matters. 

Megan has served in mul­ti­ple roles includ­ing as a project man­ag­er and facil­i­ta­tor through the plan­ning, financ­ing, and reg­u­la­to­ry process­es for infra­struc­ture and restora­tion projects, an advo­cate through the leg­isla­tive process, and also rep­re­sents clients in admin­is­tra­tive and judi­cial lit­i­ga­tion. She spent twelve years with the Louisiana Depart­ment of Jus­tice, rep­re­sent­ing the State of Louisiana and sev­er­al state agen­cies, boards, and com­mis­sions and served as lead in-house coun­sel for the State of Louisiana dur­ing the Deep­wa­ter Hori­zon dis­as­ter and sub­se­quent lit­i­ga­tion. Megan also served as Deputy Direc­tor and Legal Advi­sor for the Governor’s Office of Coastal Activ­i­ties, where she devel­oped, reviewed, and coor­di­nat­ed with fed­er­al, state, and local offi­cials and stake­hold­ers on fund­ing and imple­ment­ing inte­grat­ed coastal pro­tec­tion projects.


Rachel Ramirez-Guest

Rachel Ramirez-Guest

Staff Attor­ney

Rachel Ramirez-Guest is an attor­ney with expe­ri­ence in envi­ron­men­tal law and pol­i­cy, includ­ing issues of envi­ron­men­tal jus­tice and munic­i­pal envi­ron­men­tal com­pli­ance. She is a staff attor­ney at The State Ener­gy & Envi­ron­men­tal Impact Center.

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