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Michael Damasco

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John W. Pegg Legal Fellow

"What drove me to pursue a career in environmental law was my passion for environmental justice. I believe that the right to live in a clean and healthy environment is a human right belonging to everybody. Unfortunately, I see my own community disproportionately impacted by the impacts of pollution and climate change. This frustration from witnessing these injustices firsthand is what drove me to the legal profession, as I feel that this is where I can make the biggest impact. I hope to amplify those voices that are too often ignored as well as lead my own effort for a clean environment for everyone."


Michael was born and raised in California, the son of two Mexican immigrants. Michael received his J.D. from the University of California, Irvine. He holds a B.A. in political science with a minor in environmental systems from the University of California, Los Angeles. During his time in law school, Michael volunteered and interned at numerous nonprofits and government agencies such as the Surfrider Foundation, the Center on Race, Poverty, and the Environment, and the California Attorney General's Office Environmental Section.

We are honored to announce, through the generous contribution of John Clark Pegg, the dedication of MCEA's Legal Fellowship to his father John W. Pegg. Click here to learn more.