Anthony Iarrapino and Shanna Cleveland Named CLF Senior Attorneys

Ben Carmichael

Two Longtime Staff Attorneys Recognized for their Hard Work, Passion & Results

Ben Carmichael, CLF, (617) 850-1743

BOSTON, MA, March 28, 2013 – It was announced today by Sean Mahoney, Executive Vice President for Conservation Law Foundation (CLF), that Anthony Iarrapino and Shanna Cleveland have been named Senior Attorneys. Residents of Montepelier, VT, and Boston, MA, respectively, both will receive their promotions effective immediately.

In making the announcement, Mahoney said, “To be considered for this status, a staff advocate must have shown consistent and sustained excellence as an advocate in the litigation and policy arena as well as making substantial contribution to the health and growth of the organization. Over the course of their time here at CLF, Anthony and Shanna have done this time and time again.”

Shanna Cleveland has been at CLF for more than 5 years, working to advance climate protection through promoting effective legislation, energy efficiency and renewable energy, and initiatives aimed at reducing reliance on fossil fuels. During her time with CLF, Shanna has worked tirelessly to close down New England’s last remaining dirty coal plants. She secured an enforceable shutdown of Salem Harbor coal plant, and filed suits to shut down Somerset power station, to fine Mt. Tom and Brayton Point, one of the nation’s oldest and filthiest coal plants. She has spearheaded groundbreaking research on natural gas leaks,

In making the announcement, Mahoney said, “Shanna is one of CLF’s finest litigators and advocates, she possesses tremendous substantive and technical skills, she has unmitigated enthusiasm for advancing CLF’s mission and is highly valued as a colleague.”

In accepting the position, Shanna said, “I look forward to continuing to work with CLF’s excellent staff, volunteers and members to protect the climate and the air we breathe. I am excited for the opportunity to take on this new role at CLF to help build a thriving New England for all people.”

Prior to joining CLF, Cleveland worked as a litigation attorney before receiving her LL.M. in Environmental Law from the Vermont Law School with honors. She earned her B.A. from Harvard University with honors and her J.D. from the University of Virginia School of Law, where she served as an Executive Editor for the Virginia Law Review. She is admitted to practice in the Commonwealth of Massachusetts, the State of Hawaii, and the United States District Court for the District of Hawaii.

Iarrapino, a Montpelier resident, joined CLF in 2005 and works in CLF’s Clean Water and Healthy Forests Program, focusing on the protection of Lake Champlain, the Green Mountain National Forest, and Vermont’s other natural treasures, as well as the resolution of CLF’s landmark settlement with the Boston Water and Sewer Commission (BWSC). In his years at CLF, Anthony has won precedent-setting Clean Water Act cases in Vermont’s environmental court and in federal district court. In 2008, he accepted the Clean Water Network’s “Aqua Award” on behalf of CLF for “Organization of the Year” in recognition of stormwater pollution cleanup strategies that Anthony and his colleagues successfully implemented in Vermont and other New England states.

In making the announcement, Mahoney said, “Anthony is one of the nation’s most passionate, intelligent and hard-working environmental lawyers.”  His successes in the courtroom and the legislature are numerous – the Lake Champlain phosphorous TMDL case,  the Boston Water and Sewer Comm’n case and the Montpelier WWTF permit case are only the most recent examples of CLF successes that owe a great deal to Anthony’s strategic abilities,

In accepting the position, Anthony said, “Over the last eight years, CLF has entrusted me with the responsibility to protect New England’s water and forests from the mountains to the coast. I am grateful to be recognized for the many successful legal and legislative outcomes I have helped CLF achieve. I look forward to tackling additional challenges as we strive to ensure a healthy, thriving New England for generations to come.”

Iarrapino spent two years as the law clerk for Hon. Denise R. Johnson, Associate Justice of the Vermont Supreme Court. Before entering the legal field, Anthony worked as an aide to U.S. Congressman Martin T. Meehan. Anthony received his B.A. magna cum laude from Boston College in 1998 and his J.D. summa cum laude from Vermont Law School in 2003. Anthony is admitted to practice law in Vermont and Massachusetts.