Maya Golden-Krasner’s scholarship focuses on the histories of law, public health, and environmental health. She co-teaches Environmental Justice Law with Adriano Martinez.
Golden-Krasner is a staff attorney at Communities for a Better Environment where she represents the environmental justice group in litigation involving the California Environmental Quality Act and federal and state air, water, and land use laws. She specializes in the California Environmental Quality Act and Clean Air Act.
Golden-Krasner received her B.A. cum laude from the University of Washington and her J.D. from UCLA School of Law. As a law student, she was Symposium Editor and Lead Articles Editor for the Journal of International Law and Foreign Affairs. She received her M.A. from the University of Wisconsin - Madison. As a master’s student, Golden Krasner received the Jacob K. Javits Fellowship by the U.S. Department of Education, awarded to students of exceptional academic ability to undertake doctoral study in the arts, humanities, or social sciences, and as a Ph.D. student at the University of Wisconsin - Madison she worked on a dissertation about battles over water fluoridation in California.
After law school, Golden-Krasner was an attorney for Chatten-Brown & Associates before joining the Office of the District Prosecutor with the South Coast Air Quality Management District where she represented the District in variance hearings before the Hearing Board, and where she participated in one of largest cases in District history: a lawsuit against BP for violations of the California Health and Safety Code at a large refinery.
Golden-Krasner is the author of “South Coast Air Quality Management District” and “Infant Mortality,” entries in the Encyclopedia of American Environmental History, ed. Kathleen Brosnan (2010).