Blakely Hildebrand is an environmental lawyer representing non-profit clients in state and federal courts with a focus on water law, coastal law, and civil rights law. She is currently a Senior Attorney in the Chapel Hill office of the Southern Environmental Law Center, a nonprofit, nonpartisan environmental advocacy organization based in and focused on the South. She advocates for clean water, clean air, and healthy communities in state and federal courts and before administrative agencies. She has worked on a broad range of issues including environmental justice, coastal resiliency, sustainable fisheries, seismic testing and offshore drilling, and animal agriculture.
Blakely received her J.D., with honors, from the University of North Carolina School of Law where she was a Notes and Comments editor for the North Carolina Journal of International Law. She received her B.A., with honors, in Political Science from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. Before attending law school, Blakely worked on a congressional campaign, on Capitol Hill, for the New York City school system, and for a national higher education non-profit organization in Washington, DC. She has served on the NC Bar Association Energy and Environment Section council, as a volunteer for the Durham Farmers' Market, and as an election protection volunteer for more than a decade. She lives in Durham, North Carolina with her family.