B.A., University of California, Los Angeles; J.D., Columbia University
Jessica Wentz is a Visiting Associate Professor and Environmental Law Fellow for 2012–2014. Professor Wentz received her J.D. from Columbia Law School in 2012, where she studied environmental law, participated in clinical programs, and conducted independent research on issues related to climate change and energy policy. She was designated a Harlan Fiske Stone Scholar for each of her three years at Columbia, and was awarded the Alfred A. Forsyth Prize for her dedication to the field of environmental law.
During her time as a law student, Professor Wentz worked on a range of issues including the atmospheric impact of livestock production systems, geothermal energy development, and alternative modes of international climate governance. She interned with the Center for Climate Change Law in New York and clerked at the Earthjustice regional office in California. She also worked with a number of organizations through Columbia’s clinical program, including the U.N. Special Rapporteur on the Right to Food and the Marshall Islands Environmental Protection Authority.
Prior to attending law school, Professor Wentz received her B.A. in International Development from the University of California, Los Angeles. She wrote her undergraduate thesis on the potential benefits of community-driven development (CDD) in East Africa, and later worked with a small international NGO that specializes in CDD projects.