The Environmental Defense Center (EDC) today announced that it has added Nicole Di Camillo and Maggie Hall as staff attorneys, working out of the Santa Barbara office. Both new attorneys will take on a diverse portfolio of environmental issues and work closely with EDC’s nonprofit clients to protect and enhance the environment across Santa Barbara, Ventura and San Luis Obispo Counties.
Di Camillo joins EDC from Wittwer Parkin LLP, a Santa Cruz-based law firm that specializes in environmental and natural resources, land use and governmental law. As an Associate at her former firm, Di Camillo gained extensive experience in environmental protection litigation and advocacy, with a focus on land use issues. In addition to her law degree from UCLA School of Law, Di Camillo has two Bachelor’s degrees including a B.A. in Biology and a B.S. in Psychology.
Hall earned her B.A. degree from NYU before graduating from Lewis & Clark Law School. She comes to EDC from Los Angeles Waterkeeper, where she served as a Law Fellow, assisting with ongoing litigation with a primary focus on Clean Water Act cases. In addition to her casework at EDC, due to her passion and background in local agriculture, having been brought up on a vineyard between Buellton and Lompoc, Hall will direct EDC’s Open Space Preservation Educational Network (OPEN) program.
“EDC could not be more excited to have attracted two such high quality attorneys to our team,” said Linda Krop, EDC’s longtime Chief Counsel. “Both Nicole and Maggie come highly regarded and bring skills that perfectly mesh with the conservation needs of communities all along the south central coast.”
According to Di Camillo, “I am so excited to have the chance to contribute to EDC’s public interest work through policy, advocacy and the law. I look forward to many years representing charitable organizations who share EDC’s values for a healthy environment for future generations.”
“I am thrilled to be with EDC, working to help protect our region’s open spaces and clean water,” said Hall. “In addition to growing up as a part of the local community, I clerked at EDC before going to law school, so this is a wonderful homecoming in every sense.”
Since 1977, EDC has worked to protect and enhance the local environment through education, advocacy, and legal action. EDC’s full time staff of ten includes four lawyers and two environmental analysts, working in the public interest to advance environmental protection. EDC only represents 501 C3 organizations and is completely funded through private donations, receiving no government assistance.