Concord, NH (February 1, 2007) The Conservation Law Foundation, New England’s leading environmental group, today announced that it has hired experienced private sector environmental lawyer Melissa Hoffer to lead its New Hampshire Advocacy Center. Ms. Hoffer begins her new post as New Hampshire Advocacy Center Director today, after practicing for seven years at the law firm WilmerHale. Ms. Hoffer had been a junior partner at WilmerHale since 2003.
“New Hampshire is facing unprecedented environmental challenges that carry the risk of substantial long-term economic and health impacts,” said Ms. Hoffer. “New Hampshire ‘s tourism, ski, and maple sugaring industries are threatened by climate change and forests are under assault from acid precipitation. In my new role, I look forward to building collaborative efforts and achieving solutions that protect New Hampshire ‘s citizens and its environment.”
At WilmerHale, Ms. Hoffer worked on a wide variety of environmental matters, specializing in litigation and enforcement. Her experience includes cases involving state and federal hazardous waste cleanup and management, the Clean Water Act, zoning, wetlands, and carbon sequestration. As a member of the firm’s Nanotechnology Practice Group, she was a frequent speaker on health and environmental issues related to nanotechnology. In 2006, Ms. Hoffer was named “Massachusetts Super Lawyers Rising Star” by Boston Magazine and placed 3rd in an international human rights speech competition in Caen , France.
“Melissa ’s thoughtful approach to problem-solving, intelligence, courage and conviction will be fantastic assets at CLF as we continue our efforts to protect New Hampshire ’s environment and rural communities,” said CLF president Phil Warburg.
Prior to her work in the private sector, Ms. Hoffer served as a law clerk for the Honorable Magistrate Judge Joyce London Alexander, Boston Federal District Court . Before entering the field of law, she had a career in education and co-founded and directed a residential comprehensive care and education program for high-risk young women.
Ms. Hoffer received her J.D. from Northeastern University School of Law, Certificate in Environmental Management from Tufts University Graduate School of Engineering, M.Ed. from the University of Massachusetts and a B.A. from Hampshire College . She joins a CLF New Hampshire staff that includes two staff attorneys, Brad Kuster and Tom Irwin, and Office Manager Dorene Hartford.
“I believe New Hampshire can be a regional leader in addressing the environmental issues that affect all the New England states,” stated Ms. Hoffer. “CLF, working with local communities, is uniquely poised to lead the efforts that will ensure both economic and environmental sustainability for New Hampshire .”
Editor’s Note: A fact sheet including background information on CLF’s forty year history of advocacy in New Hampshire is provided below.
The Conservation Law Foundation works to solve the environmental problems that threaten the people, natural resources and communities of New England . CLF’s advocates use law, economics and science to design and implement strategies that conserve natural resources, protect public health, and promote vital communities in our region. Founded in 1966, CLF is a nonprofit, member-supported organization. It has offices in Boston, Massachusetts ; Concord, New Hampshire ; Providence, Rhode Island ; Montpelier, Vermont ; and Brunswick, Maine.