Environmental advocate/lawyer visits campus Nov. 12 to lecture

Thomas Linzey

Thomas Linzey

Thomas Linzey, executive director of the Community Environmental Legal Defense Fund, lectures 7 p.m. Thursday, Nov. 12, in Room B100 of Cushwa Hall on the campus of Youngstown State University.

The lecture, free and open to the public, is sponsored by the Dr. James Dale Ethics Center and is part of the YSU Speaker Series on Energy and the Environment. While many of the presenters in the Speaker Series have appeared via Skype, Linzey will be on campus and lecture in person.

CELDF is a nonprofit law firm that has provided free legal services to more than 500 local governments and nonprofit organizations since 1995. Linzey 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 he is a recipient of the Pennsylvania Farmers Union’s Golden Triangle Legislative Award.

Linzey is a co-founder of the Daniel Pennock Democracy School, which has graduated more than 5,000 lawyers, activists, and municipal officials. The school assists groups to create community campaigns that elevate the rights of those communities over rights claimed by corporations.

be the changeLinzey is the recent author of Be The Change: How to Get What You Want in Your Community, has served as a co-host of “Democracy Matters,” a public affairs radio show broadcast from KYRS in Spokane, Wash. 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 and the Nation magazine. In 2007, he was named one of Forbes’ magazines’ “Top Ten Revolutionaries.”