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Joelle Lester, JD


Staff Attorney
Public Health Law Center
William Mitchell College of Law 


Joelle Lester is a staff attorney with the Tobacco Control Legal Consortium, a program of the Public Health Law Center. Joelle provides legal technical assistance on a wide range of tobacco control policy issues to public health professionals, attorneys, and advocates around the country. Joelle also staffs the Consortium’s FDA Tobacco Project, designed to encourage and press the U.S. Food and Drug Administration to enact the strongest possible tobacco regulations under the Family Smoking Prevention and Tobacco Control Act. In addition to educating and mobilizing the public health community to engage with the FDA, Joelle provides litigation support to defend federal tobacco regulations against challenges from the tobacco industry.
Prior to joining the Public Health Law Center, Joelle worked as a litigation associate at the firm of McGrann Shea Carnival Straughn & Lamb. Before attending law school, Joelle was a grassroots organizer and executive director of the Oregon Student Association, a non-profit higher education advocacy group. Joelle also worked as a lobbyist for the Wisconsin Association of School Boards, advocating for public K-12 education.
Joelle is a member of the DFL Lawyers Steering Committee and a board member of the Foundation for Political Management.