Howard Law Student Named Second Environmental Defense Fund Scholar

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Howard University School of Law 1L student, Autumn Hooker, was recently named the second Environmental Defense Fund/Howard University School of Law Scholar.

Hooker’s “commitment and dedication to environmental issues stood out among (her) peers,” said Kelli Neptune, director of externships and public interest programming at Howard University School of Law.

A Southern California native, Hooker earned a Bachelor of Arts from the University of California, Los Angeles, where she studied political science and environmental systems & societies. Currently, Hooker is a representative in the Black Law Students Association and a member of both the Howard Energy and Environmental Law Society and the Howard Public Interest Law Society. She has a demonstrated passion for racial, social, and environmental justice. Hooker plans on pursuing a legal career in environmental and technology law after graduating from the law school in 2024. 

“I am extremely honored to be named the 2nd EDF/HUSL scholar,” Hooker said. “I would like to extend a huge thank you to the EDF and HUSL for creating this incredible opportunity. Growing up in the Inland Empire, I saw the devastating effects of global warming on both the landscape and my community. Since then, my education has and continues to center on creating solutions and equitable remedies to environmental problems. I will cherish this opportunity and I look forward to all the skills and knowledge I will acquire while serving as an EDF/HUSL scholar.”