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.


Forthcoming Works - Journal Articles & Working Papers

Sara A. Colangelo, Forging Complete Justice: Equitable Relief in Environmental Enforcement, 46 Harv. Envtl. L. Rev. (forthcoming).

Contributions to Law Reviews and Other Scholarly Journals

Sara A. Colangelo, Science Under Assault – Reflections on The War on the EPA: America’s Endangered Environmental Protections, 44 Pub. Land & Res. L. Rev. 185-198 (2021).

Selected Contributions to Other Publications

Sara A. Colangelo, Environmental Enforcement 2021: The Likely Resurgence of Tools Targeting Environmental Justice, Trends (ABA Sec. Env’t Energy & Res.), Mar./Apr. 2021.
Sara A. Colangelo, The Clean Water Act and the Coral Reef: A Decision in County of Maui v. Hawai’i Wildlife Fund, Water Quality & Wetlands (ABA Sec. Env’t Energy & Res.), June 18, 2020.

Congressional Testimony

Restoring Balance to Environmental Litigation: Hearing Before the Subcomm. on Interior, Energy & Env’t of the H. Comm. Oversight & Gov’t Reform, 115th Cong., Sept. 27, 2018 (Statement of Sara A. Colangelo)(CIS-No.: Pending).