Event

Exploring Environmental and Public Interest Careers at AG Offices

Logos of University of Michigan, Michigan State University, University of Detroit Mercy, Wayne State University, and the State Energy & Environmental Impact Center.
  • Wednesday, February 2, 2022
  • 12:00pm–1:00pm
  • Online Event

The State Ener­gy & Envi­ron­men­tal Impact Cen­ter host­ed a dis­cus­sion of envi­ron­men­tal and pub­lic inter­est career oppor­tu­ni­ties in the offices of state attor­neys gen­er­al. Michi­gan Attor­ney Gen­er­al Dana Nes­sel gave open­ing remarks, fol­lowed by a dis­cus­sion and a Q&A seg­ment with Assis­tant Attor­neys Gen­er­al from Illi­nois, Michi­gan, and New York. This event was co-spon­sored by Michi­gan State Uni­ver­si­ty Col­lege of Law Career Ser­vices Office, Uni­ver­si­ty of Detroit Mer­cy School of Law Career Ser­vices Office, Uni­ver­si­ty of Michi­gan Law School Office of Career Plan­ning, and Wayne State Uni­ver­si­ty Law School Office of Career and Pro­fes­sion­al Development.

Open­ing Remarks

AG Dana Nessel

Michi­gan Attor­ney General

Attor­ney Gen­er­al Dana Nes­sel is a for­mer crim­i­nal pros­e­cu­tor and civ­il rights attor­ney who has served as Michigan’s Attor­ney Gen­er­al since Jan­u­ary 2019. Since tak­ing office, Attor­ney Gen­er­al Nes­sel has been a cham­pi­on of the state’s most impor­tant resource – its Great Lakes. Her envi­ron­men­tal pro­tec­tion divi­sion is active­ly fight­ing to ensure clean air, water and ener­gy for Michigan’s res­i­dents. She has also joined the bat­tle to com­bat pre­scrip­tion drug addic­tion and to stem the tide of PFAS con­t­a­m­i­na­tion. A grad­u­ate of the Uni­ver­si­ty of Michi­gan and Wayne State Uni­ver­si­ty Law School, Attor­ney Gen­er­al Nes­sel lives in south­east Michi­gan with her wife, Alan­na Maguire, and her twin sons, Alex and Zach.

Pan­el Discussion

Andrew Arm­strong

Chief, Envi­ron­men­tal Bureau, Office of the Illi­nois Attor­ney General

Andrew Arm­strong is Chief of the Spring­field Envi­ron­men­tal Bureau of the Illi­nois Attor­ney General’s Office, super­vis­ing civ­il enforce­ment of state and fed­er­al envi­ron­men­tal laws and reg­u­la­tions on behalf of the State of Illi­nois. He pre­vi­ous­ly worked as an attor­ney for the Envi­ron­men­tal Law & Pol­i­cy Cen­ter and as an Assis­tant Attor­ney Gen­er­al in the Chica­go Envi­ron­men­tal Bureau of the Illi­nois Attor­ney General’s Office. He is a grad­u­ate of the Uni­ver­si­ty of Illi­nois at Urbana-Cham­paign (B.A. 1999) and the North­west­ern Uni­ver­si­ty School of Law (J.D. 2004).

Gavin McCabe

Assis­tant Attor­ney Gen­er­al, New York State Office of Attor­ney General

Gavin G. McCabe is an Assis­tant Attor­ney Gen­er­al in the Envi­ron­men­tal Pro­tec­tion Bureau of the New York State Attor­ney General’s Office. Pri­or to join­ing the New York AG’s Office in 2018, Mr. McCabe worked for eigh­teen years in the Nat­ur­al Resources Law Sec­tion of the Cal­i­for­nia Attor­ney General’s Office, as an Assis­tant Region­al Coun­sel in U.S. EPA’s Region 9 Office in San Fran­cis­co, and as an asso­ciate in the lit­i­ga­tion depart­ment of a large law firm in San Fran­cis­co, and as an Assis­tant Region­al Coun­sel in U.S. EPA’s Region 9 Office in San Fran­cis­co. He is a grad­u­ate of Yale Uni­ver­si­ty and the George­town Uni­ver­si­ty Law Center.

Liza Rober­son-Young

Pub­lic Inter­est Coun­sel, Office of the Illi­nois Attor­ney General

Liza Rober­son-Young is Pub­lic Inter­est Coun­sel for Illi­nois Attor­ney Gen­er­al Kwame Raoul. In that capac­i­ty, she coor­di­nates the office’s fed­er­al advo­ca­cy and works on state pol­i­cy issues affect­ing the pub­lic inter­est. Before join­ing the AG’s office, she worked for the Illi­nois Sen­ate, where she was lead coun­sel for the Sen­ate Judi­cia­ry and Labor Com­mit­tees and the Sen­ate Task Force on Sex­u­al Harass­ment. She was also an asso­ciate at Sid­ley Austin LLP and a staff clerk for the Unit­ed States Court of Appeals for the Sev­enth Cir­cuit. She is a grad­u­ate of the Uni­ver­si­ty of Wis­con­sin and its Law School.

Pol­ly Synk

First Assis­tant, Envi­ron­ment, Nat­ur­al Resource and Agri­cul­ture Divi­sion, Michi­gan Depart­ment of Attor­ney General

Pol­ly A. Synk is an Assis­tant Attor­ney Gen­er­al work­ing for Michi­gan Attor­ney Gen­er­al Dana Nes­sel in the area of envi­ron­men­tal law. She serves as the First Assis­tant in the Envi­ron­ment, Nat­ur­al Resources, and Agri­cul­ture Divi­sion (ENRA), which rep­re­sents the State of Michigan’s agen­cies charged with pro­tec­tion and man­age­ment of nat­ur­al resources and the envi­ron­ment. Ms. Synk grad­u­at­ed from the Uni­ver­si­ty of Michi­gan Law School, and then prac­ticed envi­ron­men­tal law with a pri­vate law firm in Michi­gan for a few years. Ms. Synk’s under­grad­u­ate degree is also from the Uni­ver­si­ty of Michigan.