Climate Law Fellow (2017-19)
Phone: (212) 854-0081
Dena joined the Sabin Center in September 2017 as a Climate Law Fellow. Dena’s work at the Sabin Center focuses on developing legal and regulatory tools to advance the efforts of governments and private actors to adapt to a changing climate and to mitigate the effects of climate change. She is particularly interested in cultivating solutions that can work cohesively across jurisdictional scales.
Before starting at the Sabin Center, Dena completed a J.D. at Yale Law School and a Masters of Environmental Management at Yale School of Forestry & Environmental Studies. While at Yale, Dena worked with the Yale Climate Change Dialogue and City of Paris to expand global action on climate change by designing legal mechanisms that could link climate commitments from cities, regional governments, and corporate actors to the international treaty regime. She has completed legal internships at the Environmental Defense Fund, Earthjustice, and the White House Council on Environmental Quality.
- Changing the National Flood Insurance Program for a Changing Climate (with Michael Burger, Rob Moore, and Joel Scata) (Environmental Law Reporter, April 2019) (Copyright © 2019 Environmental Law Institute®)
- Breaking the Cycle of “Flood-Rebuild-Repeat”: Local and State Options to Improve Substantial Damage and Improvement Standards in the National Flood Insurance Program (Co-authored with Joel Scata) (Sabin Center Paper, January 2019)
- Turning the Tide in Coastal and Riverine Energy Infrastructure Adaptation: Can An Emerging Wave of Litigation Advance Preparation for Climate Change? (ONE-J, November 2018) (Posted with permission of ONE-J)
- Changing International Law for a Changing Climate, (Co-authored with Dan Esty) (AJIL Unbound, October 2018) (© 2018 American Society of International Law)
- U.S. Climate Change Litigation in the Age of Trump: Year One (Sabin Center Paper, February 2018)