Liz Jacob (she/her) is a JD candidate at Yale Law School where she is working to build a practice of community-based lawyering alongside movements for a just transition. Liz is a passionate advocate for environmental justice and deeply committed to serving alongside communities of color and low-income communities to build a healthier, more just world for all. Liz received her B.A. in Environmental Science and Policy and Marketing with a Concentration in Sustainability from the College of William and Mary, where she was a Gates Millennium Scholar. Prior to starting law school, Liz worked at the League of Conservation Voters where she leveraged digital advocacy and storytelling tools to mobilize people across the country to advance federal environmental policy and support pro-environment candidates in their campaigns for public office. Alongside her amazing colleagues, Liz organized her workplace to form the LCV Union, and together, they successfully negotiated the organization's first Collective Bargaining Agreement.
Currently a third-year student at Yale Law School living and learning on Quinnipiac lands, Liz is studying law at the intersection of environmental justice, movement lawyering, and workers’ rights. As a student leader, Liz has served on the boards of eight affinity groups and student organizations to advocate for environmental and immigrant justice, provide legal resources to community-based organizations, support students from underrepresented backgrounds, and facilitate student-led reading groups and learning spaces. Liz has furthered her passion for teaching, mentorship, and community building as a Dean’s Advisor, a sustainability teaching fellow at Yale College, and a Coker Fellow in Constitutional Law for Professor Samuel Moyn. Liz has centered her legal study on fighting for climate, worker, and environmental justice at the Gulf Coast Center for Law and Policy, Land Loss Prevention Project, Sugar Law Center for Social and Economic Justice, Water Protector Legal Collective, and WE ACT for Environmental Justice.
Beyond the law school, Liz has worked to ground her life and professional practice in the communities she calls home. Liz is a member organizer with the Washington-Baltimore News Guild, an environmental justice fellow with the Connecticut Coalition for Economic and Environmental Justice, and an intern with the City of New Haven’s Food System Policy Division. Liz also organizes alongside immigrant workers and communities as a member of the Semilla Collective, a community-based mutual aid collective in New Haven. After law school, Liz hopes to use her legal toolkit to serve as an environmental and climate justice lawyer alongside communities of color, Indigenous communities, and low-income communities disproportionately impacted by climate and environmental injustice. Liz is dedicating her life to working in community to collectively dream and build a transformative new world grounded in mutual aid, justice, and equity so that all people and the planet can thrive.
Fellow at a Glance
Environmental Policy & Law