our Staff


Oday salim, executive director & managing attorney


As an attorney, Oday has worked in Pennsylvania and Michigan on environmental justice, Clean Water Act permitting, stormwater management, renewable energy, hydraulic fracturing, mineral transactions, land use & zoning, and NEPA. His legal work has included litigation, administrative commenting, policy development, transactional work, and negotiations. As a teacher, he has taught rhetoric & writing and energy regulation, and currently teaches mineral rights law. He has also been the co-author and sole author of the national environmental law negotiation competition.

Oday was born in Iraq, raised in Detroit and Southfield, and has lived in Illinois, Pennsylvania, Oregon, and France. He spends much of his time listening to jazz and reading poetry, history, and popular science. He loves getting lost in large cities and hiking in old forests.

LL.M. Lewis & Clark Law School
J.D. Wayne State University Law School
M.A. Critical Theory at University of Illinois
B.A. English & Spanish at Wayne State University

Licensed to practice in Michigan 

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nick leonard, staff attorney


From 2014 to 2016, Nick worked with the Great Lakes Environmental Law Center as an Equal Justice Works fellow. His fellowship project focused on providing transactional legal services to individuals, nonprofit corporations, and for-profit businesses engaged in urban agriculture in Detroit. During the course of his project, he frequently worked on real estate transactions, lending transactions, land use and zoning, and entity formation for Detroit's burgeoning urban agriculture community. After transitioning to his role as staff attorney at the conclusion of his fellowship, Nick has worked on environmental justice issues in Detroit, with a specific focus on Clean Air Act permitting, hazardous and solid waste management, and local environmental policy. 

Nick spends his free time watching Tigers baseball, backpacking in mountains, and cooking. 

J.D. University of Michigan School of Law
B.A. English at Kalamazoo College

Licensed to practice in Michigan 

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