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Joel Reynolds (Chairman), Western Director, Natural Resources Defense  Council Joel Reynolds joined the Natural Resources Defense Council's as a Senior Attorney in 1990, after ten years with the Center for Law in the Public Interest and the Western Center on Law and Poverty, both in Los Angeles. He graduated in 1978 from Columbia Law School, where he was a Harlan Fiske Stone Scholar and winner of the Convers Prize. Since 1980, he has specialized in complex law reform litigation, arguing cases on behalf of environmental and community organizations at all levels of the federal courts, including the U.S. Supreme Court. He has twice been recognized by California Lawyer Magazine as California Lawyer of the Year in the environmental category, first in 2003 and again in 2008. In June 2009, he was recognized by Senator Barbara Boxer with a first annual Environmental Leadership Award. He is a founding member of the Tejon Ranch Conservancy, has been appointed to various state and federal commissions, and is a frequent contributor to the Opinion pages of major media like The Los Angeles Times, The Washington Post, The Christian Science Monitor, The Huffington Post, and  other major periodicals in California. From 1986 to 1990, he was an adjunct professor at the University of Southern California Law Center.