Britton Schwartz is a clinical fellow and supervising attorney at the Berkeley Law Environmental Law Clinic. The clinic engages students in policymaking, litigation and legislation related to local and global environmental issues with a particular focus on the overlap between environmental protection and social justice. Prior to joining the clinic, Britton helped develop and run the International Human Rights Clinic at Santa Clara University’s School of Law as a clinical fellow and supervising attorney.
Britton’s work has focused on bringing innovative legal, advocacy, and policy solutions to bear on human rights and environmental justice challenges facing low-income and homeless communities of color and indigenous peoples in the United States and Latin America, with an emphasis on the human rights to water and sanitation. She has worked with farmworker communities that lack access to safe, affordable drinking water in California’s Central Valley with the Community Water Center; with indigenous peoples facing environmental degradation that threatens their ways of life in Peru, Ecuador, and Guyana, most recently with Amazon Watch; and with Native American communities on the Navajo Nation living without access to basic water and sanitation infrastructure. She also clerked for the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit and spent a year as a staff attorney at Inner City Law Center in Los Angeles defending low-income tenants from eviction as part of California’s Sargent Shriver Civil Counsel Act Pilot Project.
Britton holds a JD from Harvard Law School, a Master of Arts in Law and Diplomacy from the Fletcher School of Tufts University, and a BA in English Literature from Columbia University.
J.D., Harvard Law School
M.A., Fletcher School of Tufts University
B.A., Columbia University