Stephanie L. Safdi

Stephanie Safdi joined the firm in 2016 as an environmental law fellow, following her completion of clerkships with the Honorable Michelle T. Friedland on the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit and with the Honorable Ricardo S. Martinez on the U.S. District Court for the Western District of Washington. She graduated from Yale Law School in 2013, having also earned a Masters in Environmental Management from the Yale School of Forestry and Environmental Studies.

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Ms. Safdi founded and served as the first chair of the annual New Directions in Environmental Law Conference, hosted by Yale Law School and the Yale School of Forestry and Environmental Studies. She also served as a committee member of the environmental conference series through 2013, as co-president of the Yale Environmental Law Association, and on the board of the American Constitution Society. Ms. Safdi was a member of the Lowenstein Human Rights Clinic from 2010 through 2013, where she worked on indigenous land rights, environmental and human rights aspects of international farmland investment, global climate change obligations, and impacts of coal sector development. Her co-authored paper, “Freedom from the Costs of Trade: A Principled Argument Against Dormant Commerce Clause Scrutiny of Goods Movement Policies,” won the 2013 NYU Environmental Law Journal Student Essay Competition and was published in the 2014 NYU Environmental Law Journal.

During law school, Ms. Safdi worked as a summer intern with the Center on Race, Poverty, and the Environment; as a summer litigation intern with the Natural Resources Defense Council; as a human rights intern with Timap for Justice in Sierra Leone; and as a summer associate with Jenner & Block. She was awarded a Switzer Foundation Environmental Fellowship for 2012-2013.

Prior to attending law school, Ms. Safdi worked as a Fulbright Fellow in Israel, focusing on access to health information and services by members of the Arab Bedouin community. She also worked for the Center on the Study of the Presidency in Washington, DC, where she helped manage the USAID Palestine-Israel Health Initiative, and as a research fellow with the Harvard Initiative for Global Health.

Ms. Safdi earned an MPhil in Historical Studies from Cambridge University in 2006 as a Harvard-Cambridge Fellow. She graduated summa cum laude and Phi Beta Kappa from Harvard University in 2005 with an A.B. in History and Literature.

Ms. Safdi is a member of the State Bar of California.