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Jacklyn Velasquez

Equal Justice Works fellow

Originally a California native, Jacklyn is a 2017 Vermont Law School graduate and member of the Big Pine Paiute Tribe of the Owens Valley. During law school, she was an Environmental Mission Scholar, active in her Native American Law Student Association chapter and returned to her tribe to complete two separate projects with the Big Pine Paiute Tribe Environmental Department. There she worked on funding requirements for climate change, community outreach, quality assurance projects as an Institute for Tribal Environmental Professional Intern and researched the adverse impacts of a proposed large industrial scale solar project as a Blair Hamilton Memorial Fund Fellow.

As an Equal Justice Works Fellow, Jacklyn will continue her tribal advocacy as she works to engage Tribes to hold Wisconsin accountable to Clean Water Act by legally and technically assisting a collaboration that assesses and addresses Tribes’ risks from the State’s regulatory failures.