Madeline Stano

Madeline is currently Energy Equity Legal Counsel at the Greenlining Institute in Oakland where they work to ensure low-income and communities of color benefit from a transition away from fossil fuels.

Growing up in Metro Detroit, Madeline first became passionate about environmental justice while witnessing and organizing on discriminatory pollution issues in high school. They received their bachelor’s degree in Sociology from the University of Michigan Honors Program and their JD from the George Washington University Law School. Madeline started their legal career as an attorney with the Center on Race, Poverty & the Environment, where they worked with residents impacted by oil and gas pollution in the San Joaquin Valley through litigation, administrative advocacy, state policy work, organizing and storytelling. Their litigation and work experience includes anti-discrimination, land use, climate change, extreme energy extraction, and the intersection of environmental and racial justice.

Madeline is admitted to practice law in California, has been published in the Vermont Journal of Environmental Law with a piece on their former clients in the Native Village of Kivalina, Alaska and has appeared as a fracking legal expert on Al Jazeera America numerous times.


J.D., The George Washington University Law School (2012)
B.A., The University of Michigan (2009)

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