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Conservation law nonprofit adds longtime Hoosier Environmental Council attorney

By: - June 28, 2022 3:30 am

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Longtime environmental attorney Kim Ferraro will join Bloomington-based Conservation Law Center’s legal team after more than a decade at the Hoosier Environmental Council, one of Indiana’s largest environmental advocacy groups.

“Things get better because people like Kim earn it for all of us, as she’s done for years,” said Center Director and Indiana University Law Professor Christian Freitag in a council news release. “CLC is working to make our environment in the Midwest and around the world healthier and more resilient for us all, and we know Kim will help the cause. I’m proud to have her as a colleague.”

In her new role, Ferraro will lead the center’s litigation work. She’ll continue representing the Hoosier Environmental Council in ongoing cases, according to the release. She’ll also contribute to state and national legislative efforts to conserve public and wild land, plus at-risk species and ecosystems.

Kim Ferraro (Photo from Hoosier Environmental Council)

“I am deeply committed to continuing my legal career in the advancement of environmental protection, conservation, and sustainability so that future generations – including my children and grandchildren – have a livable planet on which to thrive,” Ferraro said.

Ferraro will also be a clinical professor with the center’s Conservation Law Clinic, through Indiana University’s Maurer School of Law.

“Training the next generation of public-interest environmental- and conservation-minded lawyers is key to that cause,” she said. “I am thrilled to be part of the growing team at CLC, a highly respected law firm at the forefront of doing just that.”

Ferraro previously directed the council’s legal program. There, she scored legal wins on industrial waste processing, wetland protections and more, according to the release. She also helped analyze bills and develop strategies for the organization’s legislative priorities.

Ferraro joined the council in 2011. That year, the organization merged with the Legal Environmental Aid Foundation, which Ferraro founded in 2007.

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Leslie Bonilla Muñiz
Leslie Bonilla Muñiz

Leslie covers state government for the Indiana Capital Chronicle with emphases on elections, infrastructure and transportation. She previously covered city-county government for the Indianapolis Business Journal. She has also reported on local, national and international news for the Chicago Tribune, Voice of America and more. She holds an undergraduate degree in journalism from Northwestern University.