Your browser does not support JavaScript

Loading Events

« All Events

  • This event has passed.

Pathways to a Career in Environmental Law: A discussion with Elizabeth Forsyth, Wasserstein Fellow and Senior Attorney in Earthjustice’s Biodiversity Defense Program

October 21, 2021 @ 12:45 pm - 1:30 pm


The earth needs great lawyers, but how does one become one? Elizabeth Forsyth will discuss career opportunities in environmental law and how to prepare for a career in saving the planet.

Elizabeth Forsyth is a Senior Attorney in Earthjustice’s Biodiversity Defense Program where she brings cases to address the biodiversity crisis across the United States. This has included working to ensure Endangered Species Act protection for species such as the Pacific fisher, coastal California gnatcatcher, California spotted owl, and Mexican wolf; protecting habitat from destruction from mining, including in the Boundary Waters of Minnesota and the Cabinet-Yaak region of Montana; and stopping the Trump Administration’s risky oil and gas giveaway of public lands in Montana and California.

Prior to her role in the Biodiversity Defense Program, Elizabeth was an Associate Attorney in Earthjustice’s California Regional office in Los Angeles, where she worked primarily on matters aimed at curtailing new oil and gas drilling and other fossil fuel infrastructure projects in California, and cleaning up some of the dirtiest air basins in the country in Los Angeles and the San Joaquin Valley.

Prior to joining Earthjustice, Elizabeth was a Beagle/HLS Fellow in the Natural Resources Defense Council’s litigation team in San Francisco and clerked for the Honorable Thomas S. Zilly in the Western District of Washington. She has a law degree from Harvard, where she was a Managing Editor of the Harvard Environmental Law Review, and an undergraduate degree in environmental science from Brown. She currently resides in Seattle, Washington, with her filmmaker husband and two small children.

The Wasserstein Public Interest Fellows Program brings outstanding public interest attorneys to Harvard Law School to counsel students about public service. The program recognizes exemplary lawyers who have distinguished themselves in public interest work and who can advise students who are considering similar career paths. All students are welcome and encouraged to learn more and meet one on one with our Wasserstein Fellows.

Grab and go lunch will be provided at the end of the program.

RSVP below to attend.

If you or an event participant requires disability-related accommodations, please contact HLS Accessibility Services at two weeks in advance of the event.


October 21, 2021
12:45 pm - 1:30 pm
Event Category:
Event Tags:
, , ,
Bernard Koteen Office of Public Interest Advising


WCC 2009 Classroom




Tickets are not available as this event has passed.