Jen Marlow, Associate Attorney
Jen Marlow joined Bessenyey & Van Tuyn in 2019. Ms. Marlow graduated from the University of Washington School of Law in 2010 and is a member of the Washington State Bar. Ms. Marlow has experience providing legal counsel on regulatory compliance, environmental, climate, administrative, and constitutional matters. Ms. Marlow has unique expertise in climate adaptation, particularly in pre-disaster contexts, a subject about which she has presented and published extensively in a wide variety of venues, both in Alaska and internationally.
Ms. Marlow is committed to developing a climate justice practice, which has emerged from her work advising the Washington Environmental Council and Sightline Institute on legal barriers to developing fair climate policies in Washington state, co-founding the nonprofit Three Degrees Warmer, serving as a probono attorney for Our Children’s Trust atmospheric trust legal campaign, curating the Re-Locate Kivalina project, and building Re-Locate LLC, a small business developing relocatable infrastructure and sanitation services for climate-displaced communities. In 2012, the American Society of International Law awarded her a Arthur C. Helton Fellowship in Human Rights to pursue immersed research in community-led relocation planning. Ms. Marlow lectures on her climate law work at the University of Washington School of Law, where she has served as an Affiliate Professor since 2012.
While in law school, Ms. Marlow co-organized the international Three Degrees Conference on the Law of Climate Change and Human Rights, and co-founded the Three Degrees Project on climate justice, serving as an inaugural fellow to the project. Ms. Marlow was a member of the Berman Environmental Law Clinic, and externed for the Honorable John C. Coughenour.
Prior to law school, Ms. Marlow was a field biologist on the Big Island of Hawai’i, an editor at award-winning Orion magazine, and communications associate for the environmental think tank Ecotrust. Jen graduated from Middlebury College in 2002.
- “Reimagining Relocation in a Regulatory Void: The Inadequacy of Existing US Federal and State Regulatory Responses to Kivalina’s Climate Displacement in the Alaskan Arctic” CLIMATE LAW, Vol. 7 Issue 4 (2017)
- “Interior Secretary Has ‘Much to Learn’ from Kivalina’s Iñupiaq Elders on Climate Change and Village Relocation” Huffington Post THE BLOG (Feb. 23, 2015)
- “Frontline Communities Are Making the Post-climate World” Creative Time Reports (Dec. 11, 2015) by Michael Gerace, P. Joshua Griffin and Jen Marlow
- “Global Warring and the Permanent Dry” 1 SEATTLE J. OF ENVIR’N. LAW 19, (January 2011)
- “Preparing for climate change in Washington State,” Climatic Change: Volume 102, Issue 1 (2010)
- “The Three Degrees Conference: One Year Later,” 85 WASH. L. REV. 193, 195 (May 2010).
- Brief for Interfaith Moral Action on Climate et al. as Amici Curiae in support of the Plaintiffs-Appellants Seeking Reversal, Alec L., et al. v. McCarthy, et al., No. 13–5192, 2014 WL 3013301 (D.C. Cir. June 5, 2014).
- Brief for The Sisters of Mercy of the Americas’ Institute Leadership Team, Jeffery D. Sachs, et al. as Amici Curiae in support of the Petitioners, Alec L., et al. v. Gina McCarthy, et al., 135 S. Ct. 774 (No. 14–405), 2014 WL 6860603.
- University of Washington Center for Health and the Global Environment (CHanGE) Breakfast Seminar, Reimagining Relocation for Climate Displaced Communities: Lessons from Kivalina, Alaska, November 7, 2018. Seattle, WA (via teleconference)
- University of Washington School of Law “Gates Public Service Law Speakers Series, Global Mondays,” Relocation in the Arctic, March 6, 2018. Seattle, WA
- University of Hawai’i and Council on Environmental Quality, “Symposium on Climate Displacement, Migration, and Relocation,” Re-Locating in a Re-Imagined Arctic, December 14, 2016. Honolulu, HI
- State of Alaska and EPA, “Water Innovations in Arctic Healthy Homes Conference,” Re-Locate: Kivalina Biochar Reactor, September 19–20, 2016. Anchorage, AK
- University of Oregon, Public Interest Environmental Law Conference, Kivalina: A Climate Change Story?, February 28–March 1, 2014. Eugene, OR
- Alaska Pacific University, Re-Locate Project, July 30, 2013. Anchorage, AK
- Humboldt State Sustainability Series, Climate Change and Human Rights: Justice Beyond Law, Thursday, May 30, 2013. Humboldt, CA
- 5th Geneva Convention Roundtable on “Nature, Conflict, and International Law in the Anthropocene,” When Rights Go Wrong: Climate Change and the Occupancy of Legal Space. Forensic Architecture, Goldsmith’s University, London. January 25–26, 2013
- Global Washington, “Opportunities and Obstacles in Turbulent Times,” Using Law as a Development Tool, October 31, 2011. Redmond, WA
- Landesa, Three Degrees Project and Land Rights, October 25, 2011. Seattle, WA
- University of Washington, “Pacific Northwest Climate Science Conference,” The Power of Scenario Thinking for Climate Adaptation, September 13, 2011. Seattle, WA
- Haramaya University, “Climate Justice Public Forum,” Imagining a Warmer World, Apr. 16, 2011. Alemaya, Ethiopia
- Columbia Law School, “Threatened Island Nations: Legal Implications of Rising Seas and a Changing Climate,” Compensating Climate Injustice? (poster presentation), with Jeni Barcelos, May 23, 2011. New York, NY
- Alaska Forum on the Environment, Tribal Perspectives on Planning For Climate Change, February 7, 2011. Anchorage, AK
- EPA’s Pacific Northwest Regional Office (Region 10), “Regional Innovation Council Speaker Series,” May 26, 2010. Seattle, WA
- City of Bergen, “Conference on the Bergen Charter of Climate Change and Human Rights;” October 22–23, 2009. Bergen, Norway
- East China Normal University, “First International Undergraduate Conference on Climate, Water, Weather and Society;” July 20–24, 2009. Shanghai, China
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