Clinic Director

Sara Colangelo is the Director of the Environmental Law & Justice Clinic and a Visiting Professor of Law. She is the 2020 recipient of the Georgetown Law Fahy Teaching Award. From 2015-2021 Professor Colangelo served as the Director of Georgetown’s Environmental Law and Policy Program, teaching multiple courses in environmental law. Her areas of specialty are environmental litigation and enforcement, including community considerations in the enforcement process: She speaks at conferences, appears in the media, and provides Congressional testimony on these topics. Professor Colangelo is a member of multiple boards and committees on environmental law and scholarship, science and health, and environmental justice.

Previously Professor Colangelo served as a trial attorney for the Environmental Enforcement Section (EES) of the Environment and Natural Resources Division at the Department of Justice for many years. She joined the Division through the Attorney General’s Honors Program. At EES, she managed complex civil environmental enforcement cases for pollution control and cleanup of hazardous waste sites to negotiated or litigated resolution, appearing on behalf of the United States in trials across the country. Professor Colangelo received multiple awards from the Environmental Protection Agency and from the Environment Division for her work. In addition, she was nominated for two awards from the Attorney General.

Professor Colangelo graduated cum laude from Georgetown Law, where she was a research assistant to Professor Richard Lazarus, worked in the environmental section of the Institute for Public Representation Clinic, and served on the Georgetown International Environmental Law Review. She was inducted into Phi Beta Kappa and received the William Gaston Premium Scholarship at Brown University, where she graduated magna cum laude with a B.A. in International Relations on the Global Environment Track.

Graduate Fellows

Jack Whiteley is a teaching fellow and supervisory attorney at Georgetown’s Environmental Law & Justice Clinic.

Jack’s research focuses on the legal theory of property and evidence, and how they intersect with environmental questions. He is especially interested in the connections between judge-made law and public law.

At Georgetown, Jack supervises students working on environmental issues before a variety of courts and decision-makers, and he co-teaches a seminar on environmental law and justice.

Before joining Georgetown, Jack clerked for Judge Richard R. Clifton on the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit and was a litigation associate at Cleary Gottlieb Steen & Hamilton. Jack received a JD from Yale Law School, where he was a Coker Fellow, an executive editor of the Yale Journal of International Law, and a member of the Yale Environmental Protection Clinic. He previously received an MA (Hons) (undergraduate degree) from the University of St Andrews.


“Property in Wolves,” 108 Cornell L. Rev. (forthcoming 2023)

“Inheritance in an Unequal Age,” 117 Nw. U. L. Rev. (forthcoming 2023)

“How Jurors’ Beliefs Count,” 90 Miss. L.J. 383 (2021)

Lindsay Bailey is a teaching fellow and supervisory attorney at Georgetown’s Environmental Law & Justice Clinic. Lindsay supervises students working on environmental issues and co-teaches a seminar on environmental law and justice. Her research interests center around legal tools for holding corporations and governments accountable for human rights violations.

Lindsay was previously a Legal Fellow at EarthRights International and the Center for Justice and Accountability and a student litigator in the Harvard International Human Rights Clinic, where she litigated cases against corporations and governments, including claims for human rights abuses against the former Presidents of Bolivia and Sri Lanka, a class action against a banana company for funding Colombian paramilitaries, a tort case against the IFC for financing a toxic power plant, and TVPA cases arising out of Cambodia, Sri Lanka, Colombia, Liberia, Haiti, and Argentina.

Lindsay holds a JD cum laude from Harvard Law School, where she received the David Grossman Exemplary Clinic Team award and a Dean’s Award for Community Leadership. Prior to law school, Lindsay spent three years working in international development in Ghana.

Clinic Manager

Niko Perazich is responsible for the day-to-day operations of the clinic. Prior to Georgetown Niko worked at various DC-area law firms as a paralegal. Niko is a graduate of Middlebury College and is married with two young children.