Tom Cormons (UCLA Law ’06), Executive Director of Appalachian Voices, will discuss his work protecting the land, air, and water of Central and Southern Appalachia and advancing a just transition to a generative and equitable clean energy economy. Sean Hecht, Co-Executive Director of the Emmett Institute and Evan Frankel Professor of Policy and Practice at UCLA Law will moderate the conversation.
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The event is co-sponsored by the UCLA Emmett Institute on Climate Change and the Environment and the David J. Epstein Program in Public Interest Law and Policy.
Tom Cormons, ’06 is Executive Director of Appalachian Voices. Tom was hired to open Appalachian Voices’ first Virginia office in 2007, and he took the reins as Executive Director in early 2013. The organization has expanded under his leadership to include new programs advancing energy and economic solutions for the region, new offices in Southwest Virginia and Knoxville, Tenn., and new initiatives to address the harmful impacts of fossil fuels. Tom received his J.D. from the University of California, Los Angeles and a B.A. in political and social thought from the University of Virginia. He is a member of the Virginia State Bar, and his experience prior to joining Appalachian Voices includes clerkships with Environmental Defense Fund, Piedmont Environmental Council, Southern Environmental Law Center, and the U.S. Department of Justice. As a law student, he participated in UCLA Law’s Frank G. Wells Environmental Law Clinic, working for public-interest clients on environmental matters.