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EMILY A. COLLINS, EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR AND MANAGING ATTORNEY

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Hailing from southern Tuscarawas County, Ohio, Emily has spent her 14-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; membership on the Pennsylvania Department of Environmental Protection's Environmental Justice Advisory Board; and membership on the Portage Park District Foundation Board of Directors.

Emily enjoys ultra running, cycling, skiing, woodworking, farming, gardening and spending as much time as possible with her pups, Bruno and Iza.


Patrick Auth, Supervising ATTORNEY

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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

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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 teaches a course in Environmental Law at the University of Akron.

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 and is admitted to practice before the U.S. District Court for the Northern District of Ohio and the U.S. District Court for the Southern District of Ohio. James is an active member of the Akron Bar Association and their Real Property and Environmental Law section.


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Emma hempstead, Resident Attorney

A 2010 graduate of the University of Colorado at Boulder in Sociology, Emma earned her JD in 2014 at Vermont Law School, where she worked for the Center for Agriculture & Food Systems and the Environmental & Natural Resources Law Clinic. She has worked on food systems issues with the Vermont Right to Know Coalition, the Natural Resources Defense Council's Regional Food Team. She is licensed to practice in Pennsylvania, Massachusetts and Vermont, where she ran a solo practice serving small farmers and food businesses in transactional law.

In 2017, Emma earned her LL.M. degree through the University of Arkansas' Agriculture and Food Law Program, where she was a teaching assistant on Urban Agriculture and served as a moderator for the American Agricultural Law Association's first panel on Climate Change. As an extern at NRDC's regional food team, she led projects on the Federal Enhanced Tax Deduction for Charitable Donations of Food, and conducted research on gender and race demographics in the federal agricultural budget.

Emma grew up internationally, speaking tolerable French and less tolerable Spanish and Mandarin. She roasts a chicken every Sunday and is an avid home cook, gardener, reader and mediator.


AndY Karas, RESIDENT ATTORNEY

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Andy rejoins Fair Shake after having interned at the organization while studying at the University of Pittsburgh School of Law. Prior to his graduation in 2015, he worked as a staff editor for the school’s Journal of Environmental and Public Health Law, and was involved with Ground to Government, a student organization that provided legislative support to local urban agriculture stakeholders. Andy’s other law school experiences include working for the Allegheny County Public Defender’s office and the Pennsylvania Department of Labor and Industry’s Labor Law Compliance Division.

Prior to joining Fair Shake, Andy served as a law clerk to the Honorable Oliver J. Lobaugh of the Court of Common Pleas of Venango County, Pennsylvania. There, he worked on a wide range of litigation spanning multiple bodies of substantive law, ranging from complex civil litigation, criminal proceedings, as well as family and estate planning matters. While there, he also served as the Venango County Bar Association’s treasurer and sat on several of the Association’s Local Rules Committees.

Andy is presently developing a practice serving moderately-resourced clients with disputes related to land use, oil and gas law, clean air and water standards, and civil rights.

Before law school, Andy studied political science at the University of Akron, from which he graduated cum laude in 2011. He is native to Western Pennsylvania, and becoming increasingly native to Northeastern Ohio. Outside of the office, Andy’s interests lie in finding new and novel hiking trails, snackfoods, and guitars.

Andy is licensed to practice in 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, Ohio and the U.S. District Courts for the Western and Middle Districts of Pennsylvania.


Nathan hunter, resident attorney

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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 Ohio, New Hampshire and Kentucky.