Breggin has been a senior attorney with the Environmental Law Institute in Washington, D.C. for more than 20 years. She serves as director of ELI’s Center for State, Tribal and Local Environmental Programs. She taught on Vanderbilt’s adjunct law faculty for more than 10 years before her appointment as a lecturer in law in 2019.
At Vanderbilt, her work includes serving as co-instructor of the Environmental Law and Policy Annual Review class, in which students help identify some of the year’s best academic law and policy proposals and publish an edition of the Environmental Law Institute’s Environmental Law Reporter.
At ELI, her areas of research include agriculture, food waste, nonpoint and point-source water pollution, chemicals and hazardous waste.
The American College of Environmental Lawyers is a professional association of distinguished lawyers who practice in the field of environmental law. Breggin is one of 22 new Fellows selected for their substantial contributions to the field of environmental law.
“The 22 lawyers elected as Fellows of the College represent the best environmental lawyers in government service, public interest, academia and private practice across the country. Our new Fellows have earned this recognition based on their career achievements and as leaders in the broad and diverse areas of environmental law and policy,” stated Mary Ellen Ternes, ACOEL president and a partner with Earth & Water Law, in an announcement.
Breggin earned her J.D. at the University of Chicago and her undergraduate degree at Tulane University, where she was a Phi Beta Kappa graduate. Before joining the Environmental Law Institute, she was a Special Assistant in the Environmental Protection Agency’s Office of Enforcement and an Associate Director in the White House Office on Environmental Policy. She also practiced environmental law with LeBoeuf Lamb Greene & MacRae.