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Sarah C. Judkins

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Sarah Judkins

Sarah Judkins focuses her practice on energy, environment and natural resources law. Her experience includes advising clients across a broad spectrum of industries, including renewable energy, recreation, mining, and oil and gas, on a variety of regulatory issues that arise during permitting, development and compliance. Ms. Judkins experience also includes assisting clients in litigating matters before federal agencies and courts.         

Prior to joining the firm, Ms. Judkins served as a law clerk for the Honorable Carlos F. Lucero of the US Court of Appeals for the Tenth Circuit. She was previously a legal fellow for the Environmental Defense Fund's Climate and Air legal team and a law clerk for a Denver-based law firm, where she handled matters related to aviation, real estate and redevelopment, and public lands.

While attending law school, Ms. Judkins worked for a number of environmental organizations, including Earthjustice, the Colorado Public Utilities Commission, Getches-Green Natural Resources Law Clinic, and the Getches-Wilkinson Center for Natural Resources, Energy and the Environment. She was also an intern for the Honorable Gregory Hobbs of the Colorado Supreme Court and in the Natural Resources and Environment Section of the Colorado Office of the Attorney General. 

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September 25, 2017

Court Holds Project Construction Constitutes “Mining” on Tribal Lands

Last week, the United States Court of Appeals for the Tenth Circuit held that excavation work performed by a private company when installing wind turbines constituted “mining” under the federal regulation governing mineral development on tribal land. This is an interesting and noteworthy decision for anyone involved in developing energy projects (both renewable and conventional) on tribal lands.

September 18, 2017

Council on Environmental Quality Releases Initial List of Actions to Streamline NEPA Reviews

Last week, the Deputy Secretary of Interior, David Bernhardt, issued a memo directing the Department's bureaus to streamline environmental impact statements prepared pursuant to the National Environmental Policy Act.

September 7, 2017

Interior Department Issues NEPA Streamlining Directive

Last week, the Deputy Secretary of Interior, David Bernhardt, issued a memo directing the Department's bureaus to streamline environmental impact statements prepared pursuant to the National Environmental Policy Act.

August 28, 2017

DC Circuit Holds FERC Must Analyze Downstream Greenhouse Gas Emissions in Approving Interstate Gas Pipelines

Last week, the United States Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit issued an opinion in Sierra Club v. FERC, No. 16-1329 (D.C. Cir. Aug. 22, 2017), concluding that the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission, when analyzing the environmental effects of an interstate natural gas pipeline under the National Environmental Policy Act, is required to analyze the greenhouse gas emissions from power plants that burn the natural gas to be transported in the pipeline.

December 19, 2016

WilmerHale Continues Expansion in Denver With Addition of Energy, Environment and Natural Resources Attorney Sarah Judkins

WilmerHale announced that it has added Sarah C. Judkins as an associate attorney in the firm's Energy, Environment and Natural Resources Practice. The addition further strengthens the Denver office's prowess in a range of regulatory, litigation, legislative and transactional matters arising at the intersection of law, business, science, and public policy.

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Education

JD, University of Colorado at Boulder, 2014, Order of the Coif, Colorado Natural Resources, Energy, and Environmental Law Review

MS, Environmental Studies, University of Colorado at Boulder, 2014

BA, Biology-Environmental Studies and Music Performance, magna cum laude, Whitman College, 2010

Bar Admissions

Colorado

Clerkships

The Hon. Carlos F. Lucero, US Court of Appeals for the Tenth Circuit, 2015 - 2016

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