“I’m making a difference in the Texas and Louisiana region. Low-income and minority communities here are historically overburdened and underserved. Working on hazardous waste, Clean Air Act and Title VI issues, I advance Environmental Justice, maximizing protection for these communities.”
Lawrence is an Assistant Regional Counsel at the Environmental Protection Agency - Region 6 in Dallas, Texas. Based out of the Office of Regional Counsel in the RCRA & Toxics Enforcement Branch, most of Lawrence’s work consists of the Resource Conservation and Recovery Act dealing with Hazardous Waste, Clean Air Act – 112(r) -The Chemical Accident Prevention Provisions, the Federal Insecticide Fungicide and Rodenticide Act that targets pesticides regulation, and, most recently, Civil Rights – Title VI cases assisting with civil rights concerns. Lawrence also serves on the American Bar Association’s Environmental Justice Task Force, helping to advance the goals of the newly updated ABA Environmental Justice Resolution created in 2021. In this role, Lawrence has assisted in community engagement meetings to enhance understanding of local environmental justice issues and determine how the ABA can support community-based environmental justice initiatives, spoken with congressional policy staff to support the advancement of environmental justice focused policies and legislation, and is helping chart a course to advocate for environmental injustice throughout the ABA as a whole.