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Portrait of EJC Director Mia Montoya Hammersley in the Desert Mountains of New Mexico

Mia Montoya Hammersley

Director, Environmental Justice Clinic
Environmental Justice Clinic
Environmental Law Center

JD, University of Arizona, 2018

MS, University of Arizona, 2014

BA, Franklin University Switzerland, 2013

Mia Montoya Hammersley


Mia Montoya Hammersley is the Director of the Environmental Justice Clinic and an Assistant Professor of Law. She is a member of the Piro-Manso-Tiwa Indian Tribe, Pueblo of San Juan de Guadalupe, and a Yoeme (Yaqui) descendant. In her work, Mia has represented conservation organizations in protecting land from extractive industries, Tribes in defending and asserting their land and water rights, and communities experiencing disproportionate environmental health harms. Her chapter, "The Water-Energy Nexus and Environmental Justice: the Missing Link Between Water Rights and Energy Production on Tribal Lands" was published in the UA Press Series, Indigenous Environmental Justice, in 2020. In 2021, she was a recipient of the Young, Gifted, and Green 40 Under 40 Award by Black Millennials for Flint for her work in the field of environmental justice.


“From Standing Rock to Cop City: Criminal Law's Role in Environmental Justice and Resistance”
ABA Annual Meeting (August 2023).