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

What Do Environmental Justice Protections Mean for Our Communities?
Over the past week, we’ve discussed what environmental justice legislation is, why it’s needed, and why now is the time to sign it into law in Massachusetts. But beyond the need to redress decades of environmental racism and give every community a chance for agency, what does a neighborhood actually look like with successful environmental…
What Would Massachusetts’s Environmental Justice Laws Accomplish?
The COVID-19 crisis has made clear what the environmental justice movement has been telling us for decades – low-income, immigrant, and communities of color experience more environmental burdens than whiter, wealthier neighborhoods. Now, historically marginalized communities have been hit hardest by the pandemic – in great part because of prolonged exposure to high levels of…
How Has Racism Contributed to Environmental Justice Inequities?
Environmental justice requires reversing and repairing the impacts of decades of environmental racism. As we’ve discussed previously, low-income, immigrant, and communities of color have long been left out of conversations that affect the health of their neighborhoods. Residents of environmental justice communities are the most likely to bear the burdens of polluting industries and infrastructure,…
What Are Environmental Justice Protections?
For decades, low income, immigrant, and communities of color across the Commonwealth have disproportionately born the burdens of air pollution from power plants, congested freeways, and industrial activity. We’ve now seen COVID-19 and the associated economic crisis devastate these same communities. Discriminatory housing, zoning, and transportation policies have disenfranchised the residents of these communities, denying…


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