Scott Badenoch

Clinical Fellow

Senior Mysun Foundation Clinical Fellow, Environmental Law Clinic



  • Domestic: Environmental law, corporations, contracts, intellectual property and startup law, ADR
  • International: Climate and environmental law; Criminal and humanitarian law, use of force; Corporations and ADR; Fair Trials and Trial Monitoring

Prof. Badenoch is an international human rights and environmental justice attorney who has served in a variety of leadership roles as a member of the American Bar Association's Section of Civil Rights and Social Justice and as an advisor to the Director of the ABA’s Center for Human Rights. Badenoch is also a Visiting Attorney at the Environmental Law Institute, where he founded BRIGHT, a program to facilitate sustainable development in overburdened communities, and the ELI Pro Bono Clearinghouse, connecting environmental justice communities with pro bono attorneys willing and able to represent them. He has worked on large scale environmental cleanups both domestically and abroad, has provided pro bono support for the Flint Water case, and co-authored federal environmental justice legislation.

Prof. Badenoch recently represented human rights defender and environmental attorney, Steven R. Donziger, in United States v. Donziger, a Second Circuit case, arguing against the continuation of Mr. Donziger’s unprecedented pre-trial detention for misdemeanor contempt charges, levied as a result of his representation of the Ecuadorian plaintiffs in a case against Chevron known as the “Amazon Chernobyl”.

Prof. Badenoch has authored environmental justice sections and chapters in various publications including for ELI’s textbook, Environmental Justice: Legal Theory and Practice. Prof. Badenoch has also worked to expand the practice of trial monitoring, internationally through the expansion of TrialWatch™ with the Clooney Foundation and the Center for Human Rights and throughout the United States Justice System with the Sustainable Culture Lab, a non-profit in Washington DC. He is collaborating with Northwestern University’s Medill School of Journalism to develop a class to teach journalists how to report from the courtroom beginning in Fall 2022.  

Prof. Badenoch earned his B.A. from Northwestern University, his J.D. from The Pepperdine University Caruso School of Law, and his Master’s Degree in Dispute Resolution from Pepperdine’s Straus Institute. He has been an international environmental justice attorney throughout his career, working to realign society with nature while fostering equity, fairness, and access to justice and remedy for communities overburdened by environmental pollution.

Prof. Badenoch is also a Fellow of the American Bar Foundation, a member of the California Bar Association, and an author of model legislation for Legal Pathways to Deep Decarbonization (,  a project of Columbia Law School’s Sabin Center for Climate Change Law.

Current Courses:

Advanced Environmental Law Clinic, Environmental Law Clinic