Environmental Law and the LGBTQ+ Community

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OUT for Sustainability, along with OutLaws of Columbia University Law School present a Fab Planet Salon in NYC on the intersection of Environmental Law and the LGBTQ+ community. Salons are a chance to discuss the intersectionality of values and identity with the intention of mobilizing our queer and allied community for action.


  • 2pm open
  • 2:15pm Welcome from the host, OUT4S, and Introductions of the panelists
  • 2:30pm Panel Discussion covering the personal and professional side of the topic
  • 3:30pm Open Discussion (Q&A)
  • 4:15pm Facilitated Networking where we’ll prompt you with a question to spark interaction
  • 5pm close


Columbia Law School in New York City
Jerome Greene Hall in Room 102A
435 W 116th St, New York, NY 10027


Alyson R. Merlin
Student at Columbia Law School

Alyson has a Bachelor of Science in Ecology from the University of Georgia and worked for the National Wildlife Federation before coming to law school. She’s pursuing a career in environmental justice and is a member of Columbia Law’s Outlaws chapter, as well as a student intern in the Environmental Law Clinic.

Jason K. Babbie
Senior Director, Strategy & Operations for the Healthy People & Thriving Communities Program, NRDC.

Jason has extensive experience with the design, implementation, and evaluation of multifaceted programs and projects. He holds a Masters in Environmental Policy from Brown University, and a Bachelors in Environmental Studies from the State University of New York, College of Environmental Science and Forestry with Syracuse University.

Paula Schauwecker
Principal at Beveridge & Diamond

Paula is an openly gay woman partner/shareholder at B&D, the first woman and openly LGBT shareholder in the firm’s NY office and was the first openly LGBT member of the Firm-wide management committee. She chaired our Diversity & Inclusion Committee for several years and is currently the Corporate Secretary for the Minority Corporate Counsel Association and actively involved in D&I issues in the legal profession.

Gerod Rody
President at OUT for Sustainability

Gerod is the Founder and Board President of OUT for Sustainability and a Senior Strategist with Valtech, a leading digital experience agency. He has extensive experience in innovation strategy identity positioning, and holds an MBA in Sustainable Business from the Bainbridge Graduate Institute and a Bachelors in International Studies from the University of Washington.

More detailed information on the topics to be addressed to follow.


Please contact info@out4s.org with any questions.

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