Client-centered counselors and advocates for your environmental needs.
EMILY A. COLLINS, EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR AND MANAGING ATTORNEY
Hailing from southern Tuscarawas County, Ohio, Emily has spent her 13-year legal career in environmental law practice and teaching. Kicking off her practice as a student at the Pace Environmental Litigation Clinic in 2003, she then became an Assistant Public Interest Counsel at the Office of Public Interest Counsel in the Texas Commission on Environmental Quality. In 2008, she took the helm of the University of Pittsburgh School of Law's Environmental Law Clinic as a Clinical Assistant Professor. She became a Clinical Associate Professor in 2013. In the same year, she founded Fair Shake ELS. In 2014, she became the Executive Director and Managing Attorney.
Emily received her B.A. in 2001 from New York University's Gallatin School. She earned her J.D. from the Elisabeth Haub School of Law at Pace University in 2004. She is admitted to practice in Pennsylvania, Ohio, Texas (inactive), the U.S. District Court for the Western District of Pennsylvania, the U.S. District Court for the Northern District of Ohio, and the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Third Circuit.
Emily has published in law journals and is a frequent speaker on entrepreneurship in legal practice, water law, oil and gas law, underground injection of wastewater, public participation in environmental decision-making, and environmental permitting and enforcement. Her publications include Permitting Shale Gas Development, 29 J. Land Use & Envtl. L. 117 (2013); New Withdrawals, New Impairments as Pennsylvania Develops the Marcellus Shale, American Bar Association, Section of Environment, Energy, and Resources, 2010 Eastern Water Resources Conference, May 20-21, 2010; and The "Public Interest" Factor in Waste Disposal Well Permitting, 38 Tex. Envtl. L. J. 229 (2008). In 2016, she was named to the inaugural Irish Legal 100: 40 Under Forty honoree list, a compilation of rising stars of Irish descent in the U.S. legal profession. She is also the recipient of the 2014 Nicholas A. Robinson Alumni Achievement Award from Pace Law School.
Emily is an Instructor in the Department of Geology and Environmental Science at the University of Pittsburgh Dietrich School of Arts & Sciences. She teaches a course entitled Environmental Science, Ethics & Public Policy. Her volunteer activities include membership on the Board of Directors of Construction Junction and the Haymaker Farmers' Market; membership on the Pennsylvania Bar Association's Environmental and Energy Law Section Council; and trail maintenance for the Conservancy for Cuyahoga Valley National Park.
Emily enjoys trail running, cycling, skiing, woodworking, farming, gardening and spending as much time as possible with her pup, Bruno.
Patrick Auth, Supervising ATTORNEY
Patrick is a Pittsburgher who earned his law degree at Duquesne University School of Law in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania in 2010. At Duquesne, he assisted in developing and is an Executive Council Member of the Saint Vincent Law Society, an alumni legal network. He was also a Mentor in the Big Brothers & Big Sisters of Greater Pittsburgh while at Duquesne. Patrick obtained his B.A. in Political Science from Saint Vincent College where he held a Leadership Scholarship and was a Scholarship Member of the Varsity Golf Team.
Patrick is admitted to practice in Pennsylvania and the U.S. District Court for the Western District of Pennsylvania.
Patrick started his legal career at Southwestern Pennsylvania Legal Services in Washington, PA as a Staff Attorney. He maintained a broad practice there and litigated a heavy caseload in the Washington County Court of Common Pleas. His interest in representing modest means clients started at Legal Services and led him to private practice with an eye toward building his own practice. In pursuing that goal, he practiced commercial litigation at Bromberg & Miller, supervised a team in transactional real estate matters at Steptoe & Johnson, PLLC, and counseled clients on litigation, due diligence, and real estate issues at Babst, Calland, Clements and Zomnir, P.C.
In joining Fair Shake, Patrick is excited to mentor Resident Attorneys in pursuing their goals to develop a modest means practices and looks forward to increasing the access-to-justice impact of Fair Shake's Pennsylvania office.
Patrick is an avid runner and golfer.
JAMES YSKAMP, Supervising attorney
James started as a staff attorney at Fair Shake Environmental Legal Services in October of 2014. While at Fair Shake, James has represented clients on a sliding fee scale in a wide variety of environmental civil matters, including cases arising under the Clean Air Act, the Clean Water Act, the Resource Conservation and Recovery Act, and state and federal mining statutes and regulations.
James is a graduate of the University of Pittsburgh School of Law. While in law school he interned at the Environmental Law Clinic where he gained experience with client counseling and various issues in coal and natural gas development. This experience included permit reviews, negotiations involving replacement water supplies, and citizen suit enforcement. James also worked for a private law firm during law school where he gained litigation experience in plaintiff related matters in oil and gas development, including private property contamination and oil and gas lease related issues.
James earned his Bachelor's of Science degree in psychology and human resource management from Mansfield University of Pennsylvania. Before attending law school he worked as a counselor at a residential treatment center, a legal assistant for a sole practitioner, and a laborer for an oil and gas company specializing in installing environmental rig mats for gas well pads.
James has given community education presentations and presented CLE seminars in subjects involving environmental law. He is also scheduled to teach a course in Environmental Law at the University of Akron in the Spring of 2017.
James has a rare talent in fishing, and is still waiting on an acceptable professional sponsorship that includes an Allison XB-2002 bass boat. Until then, he accepts free boat access from the general public. In no particular order, he is a frequenter of Northeast Ohio’s parks, restaurants, and breweries. He also has a passion for local bookstores, and often falls asleep reading science fiction because, yes, he is a dreamer.
James is licensed to practice law in Pennsylvania and Ohio. James is an active member of the Akron Bar Association and their Real Property and Environmental Law section.
Mark collins, director of development & communications
Mark joined Fair Shake in 2017 after a long career at the University of Pittsburgh. An award-winning writer and instructor, Collins is the coeditor of Mister Rogers' Neighborhood: Children, Television, and Fred Rogers, published by the University of Pittsburgh Press, and a collection of poetry and essays, Wayward Tracks (In Extenso, 2016). His work has appeared in ID Magazine, The Wisconsin Review, and the Journal of Teaching and Learning. A lifelong Pittsburgher, Mark earned his Master of Fine Arts degree from Pitt and is a miserable hockey player.
Megan Hunter, Resident Attorney
Megan is a graduate of Vermont Law School, where she earned a Master of Environmental Law and Policy in addition to her law degree. While in law school, Megan interned with Surfrider Foundation in California, gaining practical experience in land use and natural resource law, municipal law, and public participation in regulatory processes. She also worked at the South Royalton Legal Clinic serving indigent clients in a variety of practice areas including family law, public benefits challenges, and asylum filings. At Vermont Law, Megan was the Senior Managing Editor for the Vermont Journal of Environmental Law and Chair of Law Students for Reproductive Justice, a position she used to raise awareness about the connection between environmental justice and reproductive health.
Prior to joining Fair Shake, Megan was the Energy and Land Use Law Clerk for the Vermont Office of Legislative Council for the 2014-2015 legislative session. At the Vermont State House, she drafted legislation and counseled legislators on matters related to renewable energy development, energy efficiency standards, carbon markets, agency authority, and municipal and state land use laws.
Megan comes from a background in environmental economics and holds a Master’s degree in Applied Economics and Management from Cornell University. She earned her undergraduate degree from Barnard College, where she majored in Environmental Policy and minored in Women’s Studies. Following her undergraduate work, Megan spent two years at the International Research Institute for Climate and Society working on innovative agricultural insurance products to address the effects of climate change on smallholder farmers.
Megan is interested in developing a practice that focuses on serving the environmental legal needs of women and families with young children. She hopes to supplement her environmental practice with work in other areas of particular relevance to this demographic including domestic violence claims, employment law, and public benefits work.
Megan enjoys falling in love with new landscapes, a habit that began when she was a child growing up on the sandy stretches of coastal North Carolina. Since that time, she has enjoyed hiking and skiing the mountains of Vermont and New York, surfing in southern California, and getting her hands dirty farming in Kaua’i. She is looking forward to continuing to explore all the hills that Western Pennsylvania and Northeastern Ohio have to offer.
Megan is licensed to practice in New York, Ohio, and the U.S. District Court for the Northern District of Ohio.
RYAN HAMILTON, RESIDENT ATTORNEY
Ryan’s practice focuses on providing legal tools to build sustainable communities across Pennsylvania. His practice areas of interest include renewable energy development, municipal land use and zoning, stormwater management, environmental citizen suits, practice before the Environmental Hearing Board, and sustainable policy development and ordinance drafting.
Ryan moved to Pittsburgh from Portland, Oregon after graduating from Lewis and Clark Law School with a certificate in environmental and natural resources law. During law school, Ryan gained hands-on experience in a range of environmental matters through internships with the Delaware Riverkeeper Network, the Environmental Integrity Project, and the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency. Ryan also volunteered as a student leader with the Coalition Advocating Transportation Solutions.
Before embarking on a legal career Ryan worked as a newspaper reporter, a ranch hand in Wyoming, and an AmeriCorps VISTA on the Waianae Coast of Oahu. Ryan received his B.A. in Philosophy and English from Juniata College and grew up on a family-run orchard in eastern Pennsylvania.
Ryan enjoys exploring Pittsburgh by bicycle, hiking in nearby state parks, and trying to cultivate the perfect watermelon. He also volunteers as a tree tender with Tree Pittsburgh and as a community representative with ReLeaf, Lawrenceville’s Urban Forest Initiative. You can follow Ryan on Twitter, @AlleghenyLaw.
Ryan is admitted to practice in Pennsylvania and the U.S. District Court for the Western District of Pennsylvania.
Rose monahan, resident attorney
Rose received her J.D., cum laude, from the American University, Washington College of Law. Before law school, she attended Penn State, where she received B.A. degrees in Political Science and English.
While in law school, Rose interned with the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, working on issues related to Superfund, and the U.S. Department of Justice in the Environmental Crimes Section. Additionally, she interned for the Environmental Integrity Project, where she worked on cases related to fracking and factory farming, and Meyer, Glitzenstein & Eubanks, where legal work focused on the Endangered Species Act and protecting wild places. She participated in Pace University’s National Environmental Law Moot Court Competition, where she received “best brief for party represented” and was a quarter-round finalist.
Rose was also a student-attorney with the Washington College of Law’s Civil Advocacy Clinic, representing low-income and modest means clients before administrative agencies. Additionally, she received Exceptional Service Honors for completing over 300 hours of pro bono legal volunteer work while in law school.
Prior to joining Fair Shake, Rose was a law clerk for the Honorable J. Michael Wachs of the Circuit Court for Anne Arundel County, Maryland. There, she gained experience reviewing a wide range of cases encompassing both civil and criminal matters.
Originally from south of Pittsburgh, Rose is excited to be back in the ‘Burgh. She enjoys going for runs, backpacking, and exploring the city.
Rose is licensed to practice law in Maryland, Pennsylvania, and the U.S. District Courts for the Western and Middle Districts of Pennsylvania.
Nathan hunter, resident attorney
Nathan was born in Washington, DC and spent much of his young life in Louisville, KY. He earned his law degree at Vermont Law School, where he also earned a Master of Environmental Law and Policy. During law school, Nathan interned at the Vermont Agency of Natural Resources, where he worked on a wide array of matters including land use, wildlife management, property disputes, air pollution, and energy law. While earning his degrees at VLS, Nathan focused his studies on a variety of areas of environmental law and led a bluegrass/Americana band.
Nathan’s preparation for law school included his study of political economy and environmental science at Georgetown University. He also obtained extensive litigation experience as a paralegal, working on matters ranging from environmental law to franchise law and fraud. While a paralegal, Nathan managed large document databases in complex litigation matters, assisted at trial, and worked with expert witnesses.
In addition to work in the legal field, Nathan has been employed as a data analyst, a ski instructor, and a dogsled guide in the Pacific Northwest. He is an avid outdoorsman, enjoying hiking, backpacking, cycling, and skiing. He is also an enthusiastic musician, both a classically trained pianist and a self-taught accordionist and country/folk musician.
Nathan intends to develop a practice serving the environmental and other legal needs of modest means individuals and organizations in the mountains of West Virginia, where he spent significant time during his childhood. His practice will likely focus on land use, energy law, family law, and personal injury.
Nathan is licensed to practice law in New Hampshire and Kentucky.