Amy Laura Cahn

Senior Attorney, Interim Director Healthy Communities & Environmental Justice Program CLF Massachusetts @amylauracahn

Amy Laura Cahn is a Senior Attorney for CLF Massachusetts and the Interim Director of the Healthy Communities & Environmental Justice Program. Amy Laura joins CLF after six years advocating on environmental, land, and food justice at the Public Interest Law Center in Philadelphia, where her work was honored through a resolution by the Philadelphia City Council. At the Law Center, she was Director of the Garden Justice Legal Initiative, launched as a Skadden Fellow, and an environmental justice staff attorney, notably serving as legal counsel to residents in the floodplain community of Eastwick in addressing its legacies as the nation’s largest urban renewal project.

Amy Laura has a B.A., summa cum laude, from Hunter College and a J.D., magna cum laude, from the University of Pennsylvania Law School, where she was a Toll Public Interest Scholar and co-created the Environmental Law Project. Following law school, she clerked for the Honorable Michael M. Baylson of the U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Pennsylvania and the Honorable Stephen Skillman of the  Superior Court of New Jersey, Appellate Division. Prior to law school, Amy Laura was a community organizer, theatrical lighting designer, and co-founder of the Lower Manhattan’s Bluestockings Women’s Bookstore. Born and raised in Worcester, she is pleased to have returned to her home state and landed on the South Shore.

Recent Posts

Latest Trump Administration Rollback Threatens Environmental Justice
The Trump administration will seize any opportunity to roll back civil rights. One of the latest attacks dismantles protections against discrimination that have long been a cornerstone of the Fair Housing Act. Allowing discriminatory housing practices to occur harms neighborhood health and well-being in communities of color and immigrant and refugee communities for generations. CLF…
Five Ways to Build a Better, Cleaner Future for Massachusetts Transportation
When do we get the transportation system that all of us in Massachusetts deserve? The one that connects us to where we live, learn, work, worship, and play. The one that connects us to each other reliably, affordably, and without damaging the environment. That’s not the system we have today. Today, we are at a…
New Home Energy Audit Bill Has Right Idea But Wrong Funding
This week, CLF joined with a host of partner organizations to lend support for Governor Charlie Baker’s home energy scorecard program.The program, outlined in H. 4371, An Act relative to consumer access to residential energy information, would require homeowners to undertake a home energy audit and include a home energy scorecard when they sell their…
Massachusetts Environmental Justice Act Moves Forward
On a Thursday night in late November of last year, residents from Chelsea and East Boston came out in force for a meeting of Massachusetts’s Energy Facility Siting Board. At issue: a proposal by Eversource, the state’s largest utility company, to build and operate two new 115-kilovolt underground electric transmission lines and an above-ground substation…


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