Kelly McClure is a second-year law student at Yale Law School. She is a Wyss Scholar, California Lawyers Association Environmental Scholar, and SEO Judicial Fellow. At Yale, Kelly serves as the Co-President of First Generation Professionals (FGP), the Co-Chair of the Native American Law Students Association (NALSA), and a Lead Submissions Editor for the Yale Journal of Law and Technology. During the academic year, Kelly works as a Research Assistant, Teaching Fellow, and Admissions Diversity Representative.
Kelly is passionate about environmental stewardship. Her research and advocacy primarily address water and land conservation, environmental law, and climate change policy. She is especially interested in addressing the disproportionate impact of climate change on communities of color. She has spent the last decade working to advance these efforts at the state, national, and international levels.
Prior to law school, Kelly drafted legislation to preserve wildlife habitats, as well as legislation to protect wetlands and coastal areas from erosion. As a United Nations Delegate, she led campaigns to bring awareness to environmental issues such as climate-related displacement and water scarcity. Through her work as a White House Gen-I Fellow, she worked to address conservation and environmental issues in Indigenous communities. Kelly’s advocacy has also extended to projects in India, Mexico, and Jamaica. She received her Bachelor of Science from Cornell University.
Fellow at a Glance
Environmental Policy & Law