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Brooke Christy

  • Hosted by Fair Shake Environmental Legal Services
  • Sponsored by Fenwick & West LLP
  • Service location Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania
  • Law school University of Pittsburgh School of Law
  • Issue area Environmental Justice, Racial Justice
  • Fellowship class year 2023
  • Program Design-Your-Own Fellowship

The Project

Brooke (she/her) will provide direct representation to tenants experiencing lead exposure while collaborating with community organizations dedicated to the prevention and remediation of lead exposure within the Appalachian Basin.

Lead exposure continues to have disproportionate impacts on historically marginalized communities, including communities of color and low-income residents. This project recognizes that tenants and their families are uniquely vulnerable to lead exposure due to barriers to access preventative and remediation resources. It also recognizes that the aging infrastructure of the Appalachian Basin puts these communities at higher risk than the national average.

Brooke has experienced housing insecurities and empathizes that the emotional and financial tolls this causes are compounded by lead exposure.

Fellowship Plans

Building upon the relationships that Fair Shake Environmental Legal Services has established within Ohio, West Virginia, and Pennsylvania, Brooke will partner with community organizations to support their advocacy and outreach efforts. Brooke will engage in cross-jurisdictional analysis and develop Know Your Rights guides for lead exposure focusing on landlord-tenant relations. In addition to offering direct representation, Brooke will develop a public guide to mitigate the barriers facing attorneys in accepting pro-bono lead exposure claims and advocate for increased capacity of these services in the region.

As someone with generational roots in the Appalachian Basin, I look forward to combining my community organizing experience and legal education to foster equal access to environmental justice.

Brooke Christy /
2023 Equal Justice Works Fellow

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