Marissa Vahlsing, JD ’11
Staff Attorney, EarthRights International
Marissa is a 2011 graduate of Harvard Law School, where she was awarded a Sheldon Fellowship and subsequently a Global Human Rights fellowship to support her work with ERI from August 2011 until August 2013. While holding those fellowships, Marissa helped launch ERI’s new Amazon Office in Lima, Peru and assisted ERI in developing its Amazon legal program in support of indigenous and campesino communities affected by resource extraction and mega-projects. Marissa now acts a staff attorney based out of ERI’s Washington D.C. office where she continues to focus on legal and advocacy strategies in support of communities in the Amazon. Marissa has also worked in defense of the First Amendment rights of environmental activists against abusive discovery from Chevron and on the Maynas v. Occidental, Doe v. Chiquita and Sahu v. Union Carbide actions in U.S. courts, in addition to assisting on the drafting of various amicus briefs and publications related to corporate accountability. Marissa holds a B.A. in Political Science from Swarthmore College (2006). She was also a 2005 recipient a Harry S. Truman scholarship to pursue a career in public service. She is currently admitted to practice law in New York and New Jersey.