ELI Welcomes Prodigious New Board Members

December 2023

(Washington, D.C.): The Environmental Law Institute (ELI) has appointed four new members to its Board of Directors: R. Juge Gregg, Ebony Griffin-Guerrier, Daniel Hemel, and Carlton Waterhouse. ELI’s Board includes environmental leaders from all sectors, including private law practice, corporate management, nongovernmental organizations, and academia.

"We are thrilled to welcome our four new board members to ELI. Their diverse expertise and commitment to our mission will undoubtedly strengthen our impact in years to come. We are incredibly grateful they’ve agreed to join our board,” said President Jordan Diamond. Board Chair Rob Kirsch said: “I am honored to introduce and work with our newest board members, who will play a pivotal role in helping ELI make law work for people, places, and the planet.”

R. Juge Gregg is a Partner at Crowell & Moring where he advises clients across industries on their full range of environmental, social & governance (ESG) programs and compliance, including corporate climate and net-zero commitments, multinational reporting frameworks, carbon offsets, Greentech transactions, social responsibility, greenwashing, investigations and litigation. Juge’s deep background in sustainability, environmental, natural resources, and Native American law draws on work in both the private and public sectors. He previously provided strategic legal leadership for Amazon’s Worldwide Sustainability organization on its full portfolio of sustainability, climate and ESG issues. In addition to his work with Amazon, Juge has worked for the Law and Policy Section of the Environment and Natural Resources Division of the Department of Justice, Sidley Austin’s and Perkins Coie’s environmental groups, and as Senior Campaigner for the Environmental Investigation Agency. He has taught an annual course on international environmental law at Stanford University’s Washington, D.C. program.

Ebony Griffin-Guerrier is Senior Legislative Counsel on Cumulative Impacts for Earthjustice. Her work as an environmental justice attorney is focused on eradicating environmental health disparities in black and brown communities. Originally from a low-income community in North Alabama, Ebony moved to Philadelphia in 2017 to join the Public Interest Law Center as its environmental justice attorney. She has extensive experience in the field of environmental law. In law school she worked as a summer law clerk for the White House Council on Environmental Quality and also spent five months clerking for the Office of Enforcement and Compliance Assurance at the Environmental Protection Agency. Ebony also spent several years working as an environmental and safety regulatory associate in Washington, DC. Ebony is a graduate of Howard University School of Law and received her Bachelor of the Arts degree in Spanish from the University of Alabama at Birmingham.

Daniel Hemel is a Professor of Law at the New York University School of Law. His wide-ranging research explores topics in taxation, intellectual property, administrative and constitutional law, and nonprofit organizations. He has published more than fifty scholarly articles and essays in law reviews and economics journals, including in the Columbia Law Review, Journal of Economic Perspectives, National Tax Journal, NYU Law Review, Stanford Law Review, University of Chicago Law Review, and Yale Law Journal. His academic work has been cited by the U.S. Supreme Court, multiple federal courts of appeals, the Delaware Chancery Court, and the Presidential Commission on the Supreme Court of the United States. In addition to his scholarly writing, Daniel has published dozens of op-eds and essays on tax policy, constitutional law, and current events in leading national newspapers.

Carlton Waterhouse is a Professor of Law and founding director of the Environmental and Climate Justice Center at the Howard University School of Law. Carlton is an international expert on environmental law and environmental justice, as well as reparations and redress for historic injustices. In 2021, he was appointed by President Joe Biden in the role of Deputy Assistant Administrator for the Office of Land and Emergency Management at the Environmental Protection Agency and nominated to the United States Senate to serve as the Assistant Administrator for the office. During his two years serving in the Office of Land and Emergency Management, he oversaw the nation’s programs for toxic waste site remediation, community revitalization and redevelopment through contaminated site cleanup, hazardous and solid waste materials management, chemical plant safety, and emergency response to toxic spills, fires, and explosions.