Candice Youngblood

Candice Youngblood

Biography

Candice Youngblood attends Berkeley Law as a Switzer Fellow, Berkeley Law Dean’s Fellow, NAACP LDF Earl Warren Scholar, and California ChangeLawyers Deborah J. Broyles Memorial Scholar. Her passion lies in environmental justice and administrative and regulatory law. Candice plans to leverage her own experience growing up in a low-income community of color to empower similar communities in litigation and regulatory decision-making. Her current academic research, which will be published in Ecology Law Quarterly in 2019, focuses on the ways in which lawyers, environmental organizations, and philanthropists can support the environmental justice movement without displacing community voices.

At Berkeley Law, Candice has held several leadership roles to refine her advocacy skills and promote diversity at the intersection of the environmental and legal fields. With Students for Economic and Environmental Justice (SEEJ), she pitched and organized a 200+ attendee environmental justice symposium to provide networking opportunities for undergraduate and graduate students, as well as increase environmental justice scholarship within environmental legal scholarship. Through Berkeley Law's Environmental Law Clinic, she served as lead student clinician in a California Public Utilities Commission administrative proceeding to implement pilot projects increasing access to affordable energy for disadvantaged San Joaquin Valley communities. During law school, Candice worked at the California Department of Justice's Office of the Attorney General, the public interest law firm Shute, Mihaly and Weinberger, LLP, and the Natural Resources Defense Council. Prior to law school, she was a litigation assistant at Earthjustice in Los Angeles. Candice earned her B.S. in Society and Environment and B.A. in Legal Studies at UC Berkeley. After law school, she will serve as a judicial clerk in the United States District Court for the Eastern District of California.

Fellow at a Glance

Fellowship Year:
2018
Academic Background:
University of California Berkeley, JD
Current Position:
JD Candidate
Expertise:
Air Quality
Environmental Justice
Environmental Policy & Law

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