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A recipient of the law school’s prestigious Public Interest Law Scholarship, Michelle Newman is a relentless advocate for environmental justice and human rights.

In both the United States and South America, she has fought for social and economic justice, immigrant rights and clean water and air. With boundless energy, she strives to ensure that all people are protected from life-threatening environmental and health hazards.

“Most of the time, the stakes are long and high in human rights litigation. Housing, community development, the environment and workers rights are all deeply intertwined,” says Michelle. My goal is to help shift the often exploitative business models of transnational corporations, to force them to internalize the costs of environmental and human rights violations and instead put our collective habitats and health first.


US District Court for the Northern District of California, San Francisco

On her first co-op, Michelle researched and briefed issues of copyright and patent infringement, civil rights violations and habeas petitions, among others, under the direct supervision of a federal judge.


  • American Legal Thought
  • Environmental Litigation
  • Federal Courts and the Federal System


Unión de Afectado/as por la Petrolera Texaco/Chevron, Quito, Ecuador

Using her fluency in Spanish along with her burgeoning legal skills, Michelle worked on litigation stemming from a human rights and environmental case against Chevron.


  • Civil Rights and Restorative Justice
  • Poverty Law and Practice


Center on Race, Poverty & The Environment, Delano, California

Following her passion for environmental litigation and community organizing, Michelle drafted motions in environmental justice cases, researched state incorporation procedures and met with clients throughout the San Joaquin Valley.

Legal Skills in Social Context (LSSC)

Lawyering Fellow

As a lawyering fellow with the LSSC program, Michelle worked with a first-year “law office” tasked with helping the Rich Coast Project in its efforts to secure land rights for people in Talamanca, Costa Rica.

Moot Court

ABA National Appellate Advocacy Competition: Boston Regional Semi-finalist (2014, 2015) and Best Brief (2015)


Committee for Public Counsel Services, Roxbury Defenders Unit, Roxbury, Massachusetts

After three co-ops focused on civil law, Michelle represented criminal defendants at pretrial hearings in the Roxbury District Court.

After Graduation

Law Clerk, US Magistrate Judge Evelyn Furse, District of Utah, Salt Lake City


Law Clerk, US District Judge Clark Waddoups, US District Court for the District of Utah, Salt Lake City


John Adams Litigation Fellow, Natural Resources Defense Council, New York


A champion of environmental and human rights who is ready to change the world.