Jennifer Horning

Environmental Attorney

Jennifer Horning is an environmental attorney based in San Francisco. In her free time, Horning is a student of metalsmithing and designs jewelry, which is carried in several boutiques in Northern California. She earned a B.Sc. in business from Skidmore College (Saratoga Springs, NY) and a J.D. from Vermont Law School (South Royalton, VT), and is a member of the State Bar of California. In three years of environmental law practice in Washington, D.C. and San Francisco, Horning counseled public, private and nonprofit clients in litigation, domestic and international regulatory compliance and environmental management strategies. Her experience includes counseling a local government in settlement negotiations over the cleanup of the nation's largest Superfund site, the historic metal mines in and around Butte, Montana. Horning also provided pro bono counseling to a major environmental NGO that was advocating for the continuation of the worldwide moratorium on commercial whaling, and provided natural resource policy and fund raising guidance to an indigenous tribe in Kenya.

In law school, Horning clerked with the Office of the United States Trade Representative's Environment & Natural Resources Division, where she researched the environmental and social impacts of international trade, particularly its impacts on natural resources in the developing world. She traveled to Madagascar the summer after her first year to work on a USAID project dedicated to creating job opportunities in ecotourism for local communities adjacent to protected areas. In addition, she researched and analyzed Madagascar's gemstone mining industry for her law review note while serving as a member of the Vermont Law Review.

Prior to her legal practice, Horning was a business development coordinator for a top international development firm, Chemonics International, where she managed the marketing and proposal development process for USAID and World Bank environmental and local governance projects in a variety of developing countries. She also interned for the Committee on Natural Resources and Agriculture at the Massachusetts State House, where she authored a report on various regulatory approaches to wetlands preservation nationwide.

Horning has volunteered over the past six months with Susan Kingsley and Christina Miller to launch Ethical Metalsmiths. Her previous volunteer experience includes leading trips for the Sierra Club's Inner City Outings program and teaching environmental policy and ecology to high school students at the Birney School in Washington, D.C.'s Anacostia neighborhood, a historically underprivileged community.

Featured Work

The Alchemist's Wedding Band, by Ana M. Lopez.

NOV 14, 2006 Article

Policy Innovations Digital Magazine (2006-2016): Innovations: The Ethical Metalsmiths Story

Ethical Metalsmiths is dedicated to increasing awareness of ethical issues in the mining industry, creating a market for metals and gemstones that are sourced and ...