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William W. Buzbee

William W. Buzbee is a Professor of Law at Georgetown University Law Center.

Professor Buzbee teaches, lectures, and writes in the areas of administrative law, environmental law, land use, federalism, constitutional law, and legislation and regulation.  He joined Georgetown’s law faculty in 2014.  He started his academic career at Emory University School of Law, where he headed Emory’s Environmental Law program and co-headed its Center on Federalism and Intersystemic Governance.  He has also served as a visiting professor at Columbia, Cornell, Georgetown, and Illinois law schools, and taught repeatedly for the Columbia-Amsterdam Law Program on American Law.  While at Emory, he was awarded the 2007-2008 Emory Williams Teaching Award for excellence in teaching.

Professor Buzbee's scholarship focuses on environmental law, administrative law, regulatory federalism, constitutional law, and other public law topics. His books include the recently published Fighting Westway: Environmental Law, Citizen Activism, and the Regulatory War that Transformed New York City (Cornell University Press 2014) and Preemption Choice: The Theory, Law and Reality of Federalism’s Core Question (Cambridge University Press, hardcover 2009, paperback 2011) (William W. Buzbee editor and contributor). He has been a co-author of the 5th , 6th , and 7th editions of Environmental Protection: Law and Policy(Aspen/Wolters Kluwer). Law review scholarship includes publications in New York University Law ReviewUniversity of Pennsylvania Law ReviewMichigan Law ReviewStanford Law Review (co-authored), Cornell Law Review (co-authored), George Washington Law ReviewIowa Law ReviewThe Journal of Law and Politics and in an array of other journals, books, news outlets, and blogs. Three of his articles have been named among the 10 best environmental or land use law articles of that year and republished in the Land Use and Environment Law Review. He regularly assists with appellate and Supreme Court environmental, federalism, and regulatory litigation, and also has testified before congressional committees on environmental and regulatory matters. Professor Buzbee clerked for United States Judge Jose A. Cabranes, and before becoming a professor was an attorney-fellow at the Natural Resources Defense Council, and did environmental, land use and litigation work for the New York City law firm, Patterson, Belknap, Webb & Tyler. JD, Columbia Law School, 1986; BA, Amherst College, magna cum laude, 1983.

William W. Buzbee
Professor of Law
Georgetown University Law Center
McDonough 574
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Washington, DC 20001



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