Christen E. Civiletto is an attorney with more than twenty-five years of experience in all phases of litigation and arbitration matters on both the state- and federal-court level. As a non-equity partner at national law firms in Atlanta, Georgia, she co-managed an innovative alternative dispute resolution program for a worldwide office supply corporation. She also handled complex commercial and intellectual property matters. She is currently counsel of record in multiple high-profile mass toxic tort cases pending in federal and state courts.
Ms. Civiletto is a member of the United States District Court’s federal mediator panel, and is a certified meditator and arbitrator. She has been an adjunct faculty member at the University at Buffalo Law School for more than seventeen years. She received the 2017 Ken Joyce Award for Excellence in Teaching.
Ms. Civiletto is a summa cum laude graduate of SUNY Buffalo, where she received a joint Bachelor of Arts degree in political science and communication. She earned her J.D. degree from Vanderbilt University Law School in Nashville, Tennessee.
She co-authored The Practice of Law School: Getting In and Making The Most of Your Legal Education (ALM, 2003). She authored Full Disclosure: The New Lawyer’s Must-Read Career Guide (ALM, 2001), a practical mentoring guide for first through fourth year lawyers, as well as recent works of fiction.
What could sugar, sharks, and a pandemic possibly have in common? Turns out, a lot. And the connections raise issues that go to the heart of our outlook on the environment. Let’s take a closer look. Sharks These apex predators of the ocean are essential to a healthy marine eco-system. They’ve earned our respect as kings of the abyss. Sharks have a number of unique adaptations. Their sharp teeth are produced in a conveyer-belt fashion and are continually lost and replaced. The
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Christen, here. You may know me professionally as a writer, an environmental attorney, an adjunct, or as a human being committed to addressing environmental problems in Western New York. But I’m also a person of faith. I’m used to the odd looks. Person talking to me: “You’re an environmentalist ... and a Christian?” Me: “Yep.” Cue the [raised eyebrows] [barely concealed smirks] [twisted theological doctrines]. The reactions come from people of all stri
Our planet is experiencing biodiversity loss on an unprecedented scale. Last year, the United Nations released the stunning results of its first comprehensive study of biodiversity -- and the news is dire. One U.N. source sums it up this way: Current global response insufficient; ‘Transformative changes’ needed to restore and protect nature; Opposition from vested interests can be overcome for public good; Most comprehensive assessment of its kind; 1,000,000 species threatene
The protection of migratory birds has been a focus of environmental law for more than one hundred years. Now, those protections are in danger of being diluted. The federal agency in charge of protecting migratory birds has proposed a rule change that will codify a narrow definition of “take” under the Migratory Bird Treaty Act (MBTA). The proposed change essentially guts those protections. The MBTA became necessary largely because of overhunting and … fashion. For instance, t
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We live in an age of extreme political views on everything from immigration to the environment. It wasn’t always that way. Fifty years ago, the environment was a pressing concern for people of every political stripe. This may come as a surprise to many, but Republican President Richard Nixon oversaw the enactment of many of our Nation’s major environmental laws. And he worked with a Democrat-led congress to establish them. On January 1, 1970, in response to a series of enviro
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