Seema Kakade elected American College of Environmental Lawyers fellow

October 07, 2019

Seema Kakade, assistant professor and director of Maryland Carey Law’s Environmental Law Clinic, has been elected as a fellow of the American College of Environmental Lawyers (ACOEL). She will participate in the group’s annual meeting in Williamsburg, Virginia, Oct. 10-12.

Kakade is among a class of 25 fellows chosen by their peers for their distinguished experience, high standards of practice, and substantial contributions to the field of environmental law. Fellows include top environmental lawyers in government service, public interest, academia, and private practice drawn from across the country. The recognition is earned based on achievements over a minimum 15-year period of leadership in diverse areas of environmental law and policy.

“The American College of Environmental Lawyers includes the most distinguished and outstanding lawyers in the environmental field,” says Professor Robert Percival, director of the Maryland Carey Law Environmental Law program. “No one can apply for membership—your accomplishments have to speak for themselves in order for you to be elected a fellow.” 

As director of the law school’s renowned Environmental Law Clinic since 2017, Kakade guides student attorneys in providing legal support, advice, and representation to a variety of non-profit organizations and community groups, including Patuxent Riverkeeper, Maryland Environmental Health Network, and NAACP’s environmental and climate justice program. In 2018, the clinic received an American Bar Association Award for best student program.

Kakade’s research focuses on implementation, enforcement, and compliance with environmental law. She is the co-author of “Climate Change Law: An Introduction” in the Energy Law Journal, and contributed the chapter, “An overview of climate change mitigation in the industrial sector of the United States,” in the Research Handbook on Climate Change Mitigation Law. Her forthcoming article on available remedies in settlement of environmental violations will be published in the Harvard Environmental Law Review in 2020.

Prior to joining the law school, she served as a federal government attorney with the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency Office of Civil Enforcement, and the U.S. Department of Energy’s Office of General Counsel. At both agencies, Kakade won numerous awards for her work, including several silver and bronze medals for service. She twice received the Administrator’s Award for Excellence.

Before her federal government practice, Kakade worked as a research attorney and co-director of the India Program at the Environmental Law Institute, and in private practice.

Kakade earned her JD from the George Washington University Law School and bachelor’s with a post-baccalaureate certificate in environmental studies from the University of Wisconsin‒Madison.