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Groundtruth: Meet EJ Leader & Advocate, Ben Wilson [PODCAST]

In the sixth episode of "Groundtruth," Beveridge & Diamond Principal John Cruden (Washington, DC), who formerly served as Assistant Attorney General of U.S. Department of Justice’s Environment & Natural Resources Division (2015-2017), speaks with renowned environmental justice (EJ) leader and advocate Benjamin F. Wilson on the history of EJ, the unprecedented EJ developments under the Biden Administration, and what advice he has for corporate in-house counsel on EJ.

"What is happening now with the Biden Administration is unprecedented. This is not your father's EJ. We have not only EPA and the Department of Justice looking at EJ, but the Department of Energy, HHS... There's really no executive agency that is not affirmatively and aggressively looking at EJ… And I would also hasten to add there’s a lot of great action happening at the state level. It’s not just Washington."

— Ben Wilson

Ben, who recently retired after serving years as Chairman of Beveridge & Diamond, has deep experience with EJ representations and is a recognized leader on diversity, equity, and inclusion issues in the legal profession. In December, The American Lawyer presented Ben with its Lifetime Achievement Award, and Lawyers of Color listed Ben among the “Most Influential Black Lawyer of the Decade.” Ben manages the Diverse Lawyers Network, teaches at the Howard University School of Law, and is an active member on many boards, including serving as Chair for the Environmental Law Institute.

 

 

© 2022 Beveridge & Diamond PC National Law Review, Volume XII, Number 41
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John Cruden Environmental Attorney Beveridge Diamond
Principal

John offers clients the benefit of decades of experience as a top environmental lawyer, a leader of major bar and environmental organizations, and a distinguished military career.

John provides strategic counsel on high-stakes environmental and natural resources litigation, civil and criminal enforcement, and compliance. Working with clients makes the practice of law worthy and valuable to him as they advance strategic needs while protecting human health and the environment.

For more than two decades, John served as a senior leader on environment and natural resource matters...

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Hilary T. Jacobs Environmental Litigation Attorney Beveridge & Diamond Washington, DC
Associate

Hilary maintains a general environmental litigation and regulatory practice, working with clients nationwide across industrial sectors.

She joined the Firm following her graduation from the University of Maryland Francis King Carey School of Law (UM Carey Law). 

While at UM Carey Law, Hilary served as a law clerk in the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency's Office of Enforcement and Compliance Assurance, Water Enforcement Division, and served as Articles Editor for the Maryland Law Review. She also worked in the University of Maryland’s Environmental Law Clinic to...

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