General Counsel, Center for Race, Poverty and the Environment
Brent Newell is general counsel for the Center on Race, Poverty and the Environment, an environmental justice organization dedicated to helping grassroots groups attack head-on the disproportionate burden of pollution borne by poor people and people of color.
Strongly committed to environmental justice, Newell has litigated petitions for review of U.S. EPA rulemakings pertaining to the Clean Air Act, citizen suits targeting animal factories’ air pollution, and a citizen suit against California agencies for failing to regulate pesticides as air pollutants, as required by the Pesticide Element of the 1994 Ozone State Implementation Plan. In addition, Mr. Newell has extensive experience with the California Environmental Quality Act.
Regarding climate justice, Newell is co-counsel in Native Village of Kivalina v. ExxonMobil, a federal common-law public nuisance and conspiracy action for damages on behalf of an Inupiat village that is being destroyed by global warming. He is also involved in a successful petition for writ of mandate challenging the California Air Resources Board’s failure to consider alternatives to cap-and-trade when the Board decided to choose that failed and discriminatory policy as the central means of implementing the California Global Warming Solutions Act of 2006 (A.B. 32).
Mr. Newell received his law degree from the University of Oregon School of Law.