Head of environmental legal defense fund lecture Oct. 8

Thomas Linzey

Thomas Linzey

Thomas Linzey, executive director of the Community Environmental Legal Defense Fund presents “ A Community Revolution: Elevating the Rights of People and Communities Over Corporations” at 7 p.m. Wednesday, Oct. 8, in Room 2000 of Moser Hall on the campus of Youngstown State University.

The free lecture is part of the Fall Semester Speaker Series on Energy and the Environment, organized by Ray Beiersdorfer, professor of Geological and Environmental Sciences.

The Community Environmental Legal Defense Fund is a nonprofit law firm that has provided free legal services to more than 500 local governments and nonprofit organizations since 1995. He is a cum laude graduate of Widener Law School and a three-time recipient of the law school’s public interest law award. He has been a finalist for the Ford Foundation’s Leadership for a Changing World Award, and is a recipient of the Pennsylvania Farmers Union’s Golden Triangle Legislative Award. He is admitted to practice in the U.S. Supreme Court, the Third, Fourth, Eighth, and Tenth Circuit Courts of Appeals, and the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania. He is a co-founder of the Daniel Pennock Democracy School – now taught in 24 states across the country which has graduated more than 5,000 lawyers, activists, and municipal officials – which assists groups to create new community campaigns which elevate the rights of those communities over rights claimed by corporations.

Linzey is the recent author of Be The Change: How to Get What You Want in Your Community (Gibbs-Smith 2009), has served as a co-host of Democracy Matters, a public affairs radio show broadcast from KYRS in Spokane, Washington, and syndicated on 10 other stations, was featured in Leonardo DiCaprio and Tree Media’s film 11th Hour, assisted the Ecuadorian constitutional assembly in 2008 to adopt the world’s first constitution recognizing the independently enforceable rights of ecosystems, and is a frequent lecturer at conferences across the country. His work has been featured in the New York Times, the Los Angeles Times, Mother Jones, the Nation magazine, and he was named, in 2007, as one of Forbes’ magazines’ “Top Ten Revolutionaries.” Linzey currently resides in Brighton, Mass.