Panelists

(by order of presentation)

Zulene Mayfield
Chairperson
Chester Residents Concerned for Quality Living (CRCQL)

Zulene Mayfield (Co-organizer of the EJ Law & Policy webinar conference) is the founder and director of Chester Residents Concerned for Quality Living (CRCQL), renowned grassroots organization committed to ensuring that families in Chester, PA, and the region live free from polluting industries. 

Louis Morse
CRCQL Board Member
Independent Business Owner at Dalou Property Management
Chester, Pennsylvania

Louis Morse was an original plaintiff in the landmark lawsuit, CRCQL v. Seif.

Sheila Foster
Professor of Urban Law and Policy
Georgetown University Law School

Sheila R. Foster is the Scott K. Ginsburg Professor of Urban Law and Policy at Georgetown University. She holds a joint appointment with the Law Center and the McCourt School of Public Policy. 

Michael Churchill
Attorney
Public Interest Law Center, Philadelphia 

Michael Churchill is currently of counsel at the Public Interest Law Center in Philadelphia where he served as managing partner or co-director from 1976 to 2006.  He has litigated civil rights cases in the fields of environment, education, re-apportionment and employment.

Gilbert Carrasco
Professor of Law
Willamette University Law School

Gilbert Paul Carrasco is a Professor of Law at Willamette University College of Law in Oregon and Visiting Professor of Law at Southwestern Law School in Los Angeles, where he teaches Constitutional Law and Civil Rights Litigation. 

Mike Ewall
Founder and Director
Energy Justice Network

Mike Ewall is the founder and director of Energy Justice Network, a national support network for grassroots community groups fighting dirty energy and waste industry facilities such as coal power plants, ethanol plants, natural gas facilities, landfills and incinerators of every sort. 

Will Jones
Chester Activist

Will Jones is a Chester resident and serves as a Board Member on the Delaware County Solid Waste Authority. Will is a longtime resident of Chester, PA, and a committed advocate for environmental justice.

Tyler White
(he/him/his)
Student Leader
Campus Coalition Concerning Chester (C-4)

Tyler White is a graduating senior at Swarthmore College, where he is an Honors major in Environmental Studies and a minor in Political Science. He aims to center the voices and epistemologies of the most vulnerable to develop policy, programs, and movements to combat capitalism, ecological damage, and racial injustice. 

Chantal Reyes
(she/her/hers)
Student Leader
Campus Coalition Concerning Chester (C-4)

Chantal Reyes is a graduating senior at Swarthmore College and prospective law student for the class of 2025. Chantal has worked with Campus Coalition Concerning Chester (C4) and CRCQL since 2019 as a student leader. She and many students are working towards ending incineration in Chester, PA as student allies. 

Maria Lopez-Nuñez
Deputy Director of Organizing and Advocacy 
Ironbound Community Corporation

Maria Lopez-Nuñez works for the Ironbound Community Corporation. She is an environmental justice organizer and plays a large role in activating and uplifting her community while also pushing for policies to address environmental injustice locally, regionally, and nationally. 

Steph Tai
(they/them)
Professor of Law
University of Wisconsin Law School

Steph Tai’s scholarly research examines the interactions between environmental and health sciences and administrative law. These include the consideration of scientific expertise and environmental justice concerns by administrative and judicial systems, and as well as the role of scientific dialogues in food systems regulation, and the ways in which private governance incorporates scientific research.  

Carol Kazeem
Chester Activist

Carol Kazeem is a Chester resident, activist, mother, and wife. She is running for PA State Representative in the 159th District. She has worked on issues of equal voting, education equity, homelessness reductions, gun violence prevention,  youth mentorship, and environmental justice.

Kearni Warren
Philadelphia Area Organizer
Energy Justice Network

Kearni N. Warren is an author, advocate for union and home care worker’s rights, speaker, and founder of The Caregiver Society. Prior to joining Energy Justice Network, Kearni was a political/member organizer and member lobbyist with SEIU Healthcare PA.

Kyle Powys Whyte
Professor of Philosophy and Community Sustainability
School of Environment and Sustainability, University of Michigan

Kyle Whyte is George Willis Pack Professor at the School for Environment and Sustainability, teaching in the School’s environmental justice specialization. He is Affiliate Professor of Native American Studies and Philosophy. 

Ana Baptista
(she/her/hers)
Professor or Professional Practice
Milano School of Policy, Management, and Environment, The New School

Ana is an Assistant Professor of Professional Practice in the graduate program Environmental Policy and Sustainability Management at The New School. She is also the Co-Director of the Tishman Environment and Design Center at The New School where she leads collaborative environmental justice and climate justice research and the national Environmental Justice Movement Fellowship program. 

Jacqui Patterson
Founder and Executive Director
Chisholm Legacy Project

Jacqueline Patterson is the Founder and Executive Director of the Chisholm Legacy Project. The project is a resource hub for Black frontline climate justice leadership. Patterson served as the Senior Director of the NAACP Environmental and Climate Justice Program for over a decade. 

Dorcas Gilmore
Attorney
Gilmore Khandhar, LLC
Just Transition Lawyering Network

Dorcas R. Gilmore has spent the past 17 years as a racial and economic justice advocate, attorney, and consultant working with nonprofit organizations, community-based organizations, and small businesses. Currently, she is a principal of Gilmore Khandhar, LLC, a solidarity economies law firm, and a teacher in the Small Business & Community Economic Development Clinic at The George Washington University Law School. 

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Co-Sponsors

The Environmental Justice & Climate Resilience Program, the Lang Center for Civic & Social Responsibility, the Environmental Studies Program, the Office of Sustainability, Swarthmore College and the Baldy Center for Law & Social Policy, the UB Digital Scholarship Studio and Network, University at Buffalo.