Victor B. Flatt is the Dwight Olds Chair and Faculty Director of the Environment, Energy and Natural Resources Center, University of Houston Law Center, and a Distinguished Scholar, Global Energy Management Institute at the University of Houston.
Professor Flatt's teaching and research emphasis are focused in the areas of environmental and administrative law. He has taught Environmental Law, the Law of Hazardous Waste, International Environmental Law, Administrative Law, Property, Constitutional Law, and Torts.
Professor Flatt recently worked with the City of Houston and the Natural Resources Defense Council on Residual Risks from air toxics. He served on the Board of Directors of the Georgia Center for Law in The Public Interest, which won the Hankinson case regarding the establishment of Total Maximum Daily Loads (TMDLs) in Georgia. He regularly teaches courses to U.S. Army Corps of Engineers Professionals on Environmental Law. He advises government, non-profit and private organizations such as the Sierra Club, the Blue Skies Initiative and the Greater Houston Association for Smog Prevention (GHASP). He is a speaker at numerous forums including EPA programs, the Sea Grant Program, and Continuing Legal Education programs. He recently represented U.S. Senators Clinton, Boxer, Kerry, Lautenberg, Jeffords, and Leahy as amici in the New York v. EPA case.
Before law school, Professor Flatt was the Analytical Lab Coordinator for the Student Environmental Health Project at Vanderbilt University. After law school, he clerked for the Honorable Danny J. Boggs of the U.S. Sixth Circuit Court of Appeals, and was in private practice in environmental law in Seattle, Washington, at the law firm of Hillis Clark Martin & Peterson, where he specialized in a multi-permit, multi-jurisdictional compliance practice. Before becoming the A.L. O'Quinn Chair in Environmental Law at the University of Houston Law Center, he was an Assistant Professor at the University of Washington Evans School of Public Affairs and then Associate and Full Professor at Georgia State University in Atlanta, Georgia. He has been a Visiting Professor at the University of Georgia, the University of Washington, and Seattle University.
Professor Flatt has published extensively in numerous journals including the Notre Dame Law Review, Hastings Law Journal, the University of Washington Law Review, Environmental Law and Boston College Environmental Affairs Law Review. Four of his articles were either finalists or selected for the year end "Best of Environmental and Land use law" compendium. Professor Flatt is an author of Legal Protection of the Environment for West Publishing, along with co-authors William Funk and Craig Johnston. He is author of the current Colloquy on Climate Change Legislation in the Northwestern University Law Review.
Professor Flatt served on the Testing Development and Research Committee of the Law School Admissions Council, and was on the National Board of Directors for Lambda Legal Defense and Education Fund for five years.