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Kathie A. Stein

Judge Kathie A. Stein is an Environmental Appeals Judge with the United States Environmental Protection Agency’s (EPA) Environmental Appeals Board (Board) in Washington, D.C. The Board hears environmental cases under all the environmental statutes administered by EPA, including permit appeals and administrative enforcement cases.

Prior to her appointment to the Board in 1996, she served as Director of EPA’s Air Enforcement Division within EPA’s Office of Enforcement and Compliance Assurance (OECA). She also headed OECA’s Resource Conservation and Recovery Act (RCRA) Enforcement Division and served as the Acting Regional Counsel for EPA’s Region III (Mid Atlantic Region).

Before joining EPA in 1990, she served as Senior Counsel with the Environmental Enforcement Section of the U.S. Department of Justice’s Environment and Natural Resources Division; Senior Attorney and Director, Environmental Information Exchange, at Environmental Defense (a non governmental organization); Assistant Attorney General for the Maryland Attorney General’s Office (handling environmental cases); and engaged in private law practice with two private law firms in San Francisco, California where she specialized in commercial and complex civil litigation.

Judge Stein has been a frequent speaker at national conferences on environmental law, including for the American Law Institute-American Bar Association. Judge Stein has participated in several international capacity building conferences on environmental and judicial issues, including conferences in the Philippines, China, Germany, Hungary, Israel, New Zealand, Thailand, South Korea, Costa Rica, and Nepal. She frequently meets with visiting judges from other countries. In addition, during 1995-1996, while on leave from EPA, she worked as a consultant to the World Wildlife Fund (WWF) in Kathmandu, Nepal. During that year, she worked closely with Nepal’s newly formed Ministry of the Environment and conducted a workshop co-sponsored by WWF and the Ministry of the Environment on environmental enforcement issues. Judge Stein has taken several training classes at the National Judicial College in Reno, Nevada.

She earned her Juris Doctorate (J.D.) degree Magna cum laude in 1979 from the Georgetown University Law Center, where she served as an editor of the Georgetown Law Journal. She received her Bachelor of Arts (B.A.) degree in 1974 from Oberlin College, where she majored in government. Judge Stein currently is an active member of the bar of the District of Columbia and an inactive member of the California and Maryland bars.

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