Diana Dascalu-Joffe, Senior General Counsel
Diana Dascalu-Joffe is CCAN's senior general counsel. Diana graduated from Slippery Rock University of Pennsylvania in 2000 with a Bachelor of Science in environmental studies and political science. She then attended and graduated from Vermont Law School in 2003 with a Juris Doctor and Master of Studies in environmental law. She became a licensed Maryland attorney in the fall of 2003. Prior to joining CCAN's staff, she was a Project Director at the Natural Resources Defense Council working on local and regional water quality issues including the cleanup of the Anacostia River in Washington, D.C., one of the most polluted rivers in the United States.
Diana joined CCAN as a campaign strategist for state climate change policy initiatives in Virginia and the District of Columbia in 2005. She is currently CCAN's lead attorney on cases against existing and proposed coal-fired power plants in Maryland and Virginia. Diana has also represented CCAN's interests on Capitol Hill through federal climate change policy such as repealing oil subsidies and pushing for a national renewable energy portfolio standard. As a senior staffer, Diana also helps direct CCAN's internal policy, budget, fundraising and general operations. Diana lives with her husband, Brian, and her children Noah and Emily in Arlington, VA.
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As the U.S. Supreme Court ruling on President Obama's Affordable Care Act came down today, I was reminded of how remarkable our justice system really is. It's a system of finely-tuned checks and balances that determine every branch of government's role and boundaries within the Constitution. Regardless of your own personal beliefs about the validity of said law, we can all applaud the foundation upon which our country rests...the rule of law. Where facts still matter and justice prevails.
On April 21st, 2011, Judge W Kennedy Boone, a lower state court judge in Washington County, Maryland, rendered his decision in a case brought by the Chesapeake Climate Action Network (CCAN) and the Environmental Integrity Project (EIP). The case focused on Allegheny Energy's water pollution permit related to the R. Paul Smith power plant in Williamsport, MD.
The 4th Circuit Court of Appeals found for the states in this case. The power companies appealed to the US Supreme Court and the high court granted the appeal last summer. Because Justice Sotomayor was on the 4th Circuit Court of Appeals when the case was heard, she has recused herself from the case. I don't think that the high court will find for the states in this case, because they think that the EPA and/or Congress