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Lunch with Joel Clement, Former Director of the DOI Office of Policy Analysis and an Early Whistleblower on the Trump Administration

November 20, 2019 @ 12:00 pm - 1:00 pm

Please join the Emmett Environmental Law & Policy Clinic for a lunch talk with Joel Clement, former director of the Office of Policy Analysis at the U.S. Department of the Interior (DOI), where he advocated for Alaska Native communities in danger of losing their lands and livelihoods because of climate change. Under the Trump Administration, Mr. Clement and dozens of his colleagues were reassigned to DOI positions for which they were ill-suited: For example, Mr. Clement was no longer allowed to work on climate policy to benefit vulnerable populations. He first blew the whistle on his politically motivated reassignment in The Washington Post and later resigned.

Mr. Clement will offer an inside look at his experiences working at DOI and as a whistleblower and describe how he navigated changes of administrations while working in the federal government. His talk will be followed by Q&A with students.

Mr. Clement is currently an Arctic Initiative Senior Fellow at the Harvard Kennedy School, as well as a Senior Fellow with the Union of Concerned Scientists, where he works to expose political interference in science and promote public understanding of the importance of independent science in policymaking. For more about Joel Clement: or

Lunch will be served. Please RSVP to Jacqueline Calahong, 617-496-2058 or


November 20, 2019
12:00 pm - 1:00 pm
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