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Marianne Engelman Lado

Director, Environmental Justice Clinic
Assistant Professor
Senior Faculty Fellow
Environmental Law Center
Center for Agriculture and Food Systems

MA, Politics Department, Princeton University, 1989

JD, University of California, Berkeley, School of Law, 1987

BA, magna cum laude in Government, Cornell University, College of Arts and Sciences, with distinction in all subjects, 1984


Curriculum Vitae

Marianne Engelman Lado


Marianne Engelman Lado is currently a Visiting Professor, Douglas Costle Chair in Environmental Law at Vermont Law School, where she is directing an environmental justice clinic focusing on civil rights enforcement in the environmental justice context. She also serves as Lecturer at both the Yale University School of Public Health and Yale School of Forestry & Environmental Studies, where she supervises interdisciplinary teams of law, environmental and public health students.

She previously served as senior staff attorney at Earthjustice, where she focused on civil rights enforcement, as well as related issues in the areas of toxics, waste, the health impacts of industrial agriculture, and the effects of environmental contamination on vulnerable and overburdened populations.

Her experience includes ten years as General Counsel at New York Lawyers for the Public Interest (NYLPI), a non-profit civil rights law firm, where she directed a legal and advocacy program addressing racial and ethnic disparities in access to health care, environmental justice, and disability rights. She began her legal career as a staff attorney at the NAACP Legal Defense and Educational Fund, Inc. (LDF), where she represented clients attempting to break barriers of access to health care and quality education. Marianne lectures widely and has taught graduate, law and undergraduate level courses at Columbia University, the School of Law at Seton Hall University, and Baruch College.

She holds a B.A. in government from Cornell University, a J.D. from the University of California at Berkeley, and an M.A. in Politics from Princeton University.

Her most recent writing focuses on civil rights enforcement in the environmental justice context.



“Evaluating Systems for Delivering Legal Services to the Poor:  Conceptual and Methodological Considerations” (co-authored with Gregg G. Van Ryzin)

Unfinished Agenda: The Need for Civil Rights Litigation to Address Continuing Patterns of Race Discrimination and Inequalities in Access to Health Care

Breaking the Barriers of Access to Health Care: A Discussion of the Role of Civil Rights Litigation and the Relationship Between Burdens of Proof and the Experience of Denial

No More Excuses:  Building a New Vision of Civil Rights Enforcement in the Context of Environmental Justice


“Regulatory Climate and Options for Legal Action" (panelist), American Public Health Association Meeting, Philadelphia, December 2019.

Presenter, “Industrial Food Animal Production: Research and Action for the Public’s Health,” American Public Health Association Conference, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, November 4 2019.