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Marianne Engelman Lado

Marianne Engelman Lado joined Earthjustice in 2010 as Chair of the Environmental Health Practice Group, focusing on toxics, pesticides, waste, the health impacts of industrial agriculture, civil rights enforcement, and the effects of environmental contamination on vulnerable and overburdened populations. She previously served for ten years as General Counsel at New York Lawyers for the Public Interest (NYLPI), a nonprofit civil rights law firm, where she directed a legal and advocacy program focused on racial and ethnic disparities in access to health care, environmental justice, and disability rights. She began her legal career as a staff attorney at the NAACP Legal Defense and Educational Fund, Inc. (LDF), where she represented clients attempting to break barriers of access to health care and quality education. Marianne lectures widely and currently teaches a course on Environmental Health and Environmental Justice at Columbia Law School. She holds a BA in government from Cornell University, a JD from the University of California at Berkeley, and an M.A. in Politics from Princeton University. Her publications include “Unfinished Agenda: The Need for Civil Rights Litigation to Address Continuing Patterns of Race Discrimination and Inequalities in Access to Health Care,” “Breaking the Barriers of Access to Health Care: A Discussion of the Role of Civil Rights Litigation and the Relationship Between Burdens of Proof and the Experience of Denial,”and “A Question of Justice: African-American Legal Perspectives on the 1883 Civil Rights Cases.”