CPR's 60-plus Member Scholars are working professors at institutions of higher learning across the nation. They volunteer their time to the organization without compensation in order to advance a shared set of values around protection of health, safety and the environment. Read their bios and find their contact information at the links below.
University of Texas School of Law
David E. Adelman holds the Harry Reasoner Regents Chair in Law at the University of Texas School of Law in Austin, Texas.
Professor Adelman is an expert in the area of environmental law and policy. In addition to a law degree from Stanford Law School, he holds a Ph.D. in Chemical Physics from Stanford University.
From 1998 to 2001, Professor Adelman was a staff attorney and scientist in the nuclear and public health programs of the Natural Resources Defense Council. There he litigated complex environmental cases, presented congressional testimony, and lobbied, advocating on issues related to regulation of toxic substances (e.g., pesticides) and radioactive wastes, developing a program on agricultural biotechnology, and working with industry to promote environmentally sound practices. He was appointed to the Department of Energy's Environmental Management Advisory Board, two National Academy of Sciences committees, and a committee advising the Gerber Products Company on biotechnology issues. Before joining NRDC, he was an associate at Covington and Burling in Washington, DC, where he focused on intellectual property litigation, environmental regulatory compliance matters, and proposed international regulation under the Kyoto Protocol on climate change. Previously, he clerked for the Honorable Samuel Conti of the U.S. District Court in San Francisco.
Professor Adelman has authored numerous legal and scientific articles, including The Challenge of Abrupt Climate Change for US Environmental Regulation, Emory Law Journal 2008, as well as Reorienting State Climate Change Policies to Induce Technological Change, Arizona Law Review 2008, and Adaptive Federalism: The Case Against Reallocating Environmental Regulatory Authority, Minnesota Law Review June 2008, both with CPR Member Scholar Kirsten Engel. Together, they also authored a chapter entitled, “Adaptive Environmental Federalism,” in CPR Member Scholar William Buzbee’s book, Preemption Choice: The Theory, Law and Reality of Federalism’s Core Question, Cambridge University Press, 2009.
University of Alabama School of Law
William L. Andreen is the Edgar L. Clarkson Professor of Law at the University of Alabama School of Law.
During the Spring of 1991, he served as a Visiting Fellow in the Law Faculty at the Australian National University. In 2005, he served as a Visiting Professor at Washington and Lee University School of Law (spring), and as a Fulbright Senior Scholar in Law at the Australian National University (fall). He also has an appointment as an Adjunct Professor of Law at the AustralianNationalUniversity (2006-2009).
Professor Andreen has taught courses in Administrative Law, Environmental Law, Torts, International Environmental Law, and Public International Law.
While in academia, Professor Andreen has consulted on matters of international environmental law and policy for various governmental and non-governmental organizations, including the National Environment Management Council of Tanzania, the Swedish International Development Authority, the Federal Democratic Republic of Ethiopia, the governments of Moldova and Trinidad and Tobago, and the ABA's Central and East European Law Initiative. He has been a faculty member in a Joint Legal Education Development Project at the Law Faculty, Mekelle University in Ethiopia. He has also taught Comparative Environmental Law at the University of Fribourg in Switzerland and at the Australian National University, where he has also taught graduate courses in U.S. Administrative Law and U.S. Environmental Law. He served for two years as the co-chair of the Alabama Environmental Management Commission, Enforcement and Administrative Penalties Advisory Committee, and has been invited to participate in a range of colloquia, symposia, advisory committees, and study commissions on various environmental issues. He served as President of the Alabama Rivers Alliance from 1998 to 2001 and is currently Of Counsel, and served as Vice President of the Tuscaloosa Audubon Society from 1993 to 1995.
Professor Andreen served as Assistant Regional Counsel for the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, Region IV, from 1979 to 1983, where he was the attorney with primary responsibility for defending litigation brought against the Agency in the region. Before joining the EPA staff, he was an Associate at Haas, Holland, Lipshutz, Levison & Gibert, in Atlanta, Georgia, where he dealt with a variety of state and federal litigation in the areas of employment, constitutional law, environmental law, commercial law, corporate law, torts, and property.
Professor Andreen has published numerous chapters and articles on topics including water pollution control, environmental law in the developing world, water law, environmental impact assessment, hazardous waste liability, environmental enforcement, federalism in environmental law, administrative rulemaking, and ocean incineration of hazardous waste. He has published in Australia, Tanzania, as well as in the United States, where his articles have appeared in such reviews as the Stanford Environmental Law Journal, the Columbia Journal of Environmental Law, the Indiana Law Journal, the George Washington Law Review, the Alabama Law Review, the North Carolina Law Review, the Pace Environmental Law Review, and the Environmental Law Reporter. On four occasions, his articles have either been reprinted or selected as a finalist for publication in the Land Use and Environment Law Review (which reprints the articles selected as the best land use and environmental law articles of the preceding year). He contributed a chapter entitled “Delegated Federalism versus Devolution: Some Insights from the History of Water Pollution Control” which appears in the Cambridge University Press book, Preemptive Choice: The Theory, Law and Reality of Federalism’s Core Question. He was editor of the 1990 edition of Environmental Law and Regulation In Alabama, published by Bradley Arant Rose & White and is the editor of the forthcoming Alabama Water Law Handbook (Alabama Law Institute).
Professor Andreen is the former Chair of the Environmental Law Section of the Association of American Law Schools; a member of the Commission on Environmental Law of the World Conservation Union (IUCN); and is the founder and Director of the University of Alabama School of Law/Australian National University Law Faculty's Reciprocal Summer School Program.
He is a graduate of the College of Wooster and Columbia University School of Law.
University of Florida Levin College of Law
Mary Jane Angelo is a Samuel T. Dell Professor of Law, Director of the Environmental and Land Use Law Program, and Alumni Research Scholar at the University of Florida Levin College of Law. She is also Affiliate Faculty in both the University of Florida School of Natural Resources and Water Institute.
Angelo has published extensively on a variety of environmental law topics including pesticide law, endangered species law, water and wetlands law, sustainable agriculture, the regulation of genetically modified organisms, and the relationship between law and science. Her articles have been published in the Texas Law Review, Wake Forest Law Review, George Mason Law Review, Harvard Environmental Law Review, Ecology Law Quarterly, and Environmental Law. In 2013, she published two books: Food, Agriculture, and Environmental Law (with William S. Eubanks and Jason Czarnezki, Environmental Law Institute 2013) and The Law and Ecology of Pesticides and Pest Management (Ashgate Publishing Limited, 2013). She serves on two National Academy of Sciences, National Research Council Committees: The Committee on Independent Scientific Review of Everglades Restoration Progress; and the Committee on Ecological Risk Assessment under FIFRA and the ESA. She is also a member of the Vermont law School Summer faculty and has taught and lectured throughout the United States and other parts of the world, including Brazil, Costa Rica, Uruguay, Belize and Poland.
Prior to joining academia, Angelo practiced as an environmental lawyer for many years. She served in the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency Office of the Administrator and Office of General Counsel in Washington, D.C., and as Senior Assistant General Counsel for the St. Johns River Water Management District in Florida. Her substantial environmental law practice has included water law, wetlands law, endangered species law, pesticides law, biotechnology law, and hazardous and toxic substances law.
She received her B.S., with High Honors, in biological sciences from Rutgers University, and both her M.S., in Entomology, and J.D., with Honors, from the University of Florida.
John Applegate is the Executive Vice President for University Academic Affairs at Indiana University.
Areas of Professor Applegate's research and teaching have focused on environmental law, specifically the regulation of toxic substances and hazardous waste, risk assessment, and public participation. He teaches or has taught the environmental law survey course, international environmental law, environmental justice, toxic torts, and Superfund. He has also taught administrative law, which is the procedural foundation for environmental law, as well as torts and property, which are substantively allied subjects.
Since 1993, Professor Applegate has been involved in advising the U.S. Department of Energy on the environmental clean-up of the nuclear weapons complex. He chaired a path-breaking citizens advisory board at the Fernald facility in southwestern Ohio, which resulted in a consensus plan for environmental remediation which met legal standards, satisfied citizen concerns, sped clean-up, and saved approximately $2 billion over original estimates. The Fernald Citizens Advisory Board and clean-up plan became a model for sites throughout the United States. Professor Applegate also served on the DOE Environmental Management Advisory Board from 1994-2001, advising the Assistant Secretary on numerous aspects of the national clean-up program, including the use of risk, public participation, and the long-term management of residual contamination. He has continued his involvement with these issues as a member of National Research Council/National Academy of Sciences committees on the long-term management of radioactive waste and the management of DOE’s high-level nuclear waste. He currently serves on the Nuclear and Radiation Studies Board of the National Academies.
Following a federal appellate clerkship, Professor Applegate worked in the private sector for a major Washington, D.C., law firm, specializing in environmental and other regulatory matters, in particular, FIFRA and TSCA. He also took a six-month sabbatical to work at a neighborhood law office of the Neighborhood Legal Services Program in D.C., working on housing and consumer protection matters. As noted above, Professor Applegate served as an advisor to the U.S. Department of Energy on environmental clean-up.
Professor Applegate's writing follows his teaching and "real world" activities closely. He has written extensively on the use and misuse of risk assessment in environmental, safety, and health regulation. He is the lead author of the only law casebook, now in its second edition, to deal exclusively and comprehensively with the statutes that regulate toxic substances and hazardous wastes. Drawing in part on his DOE experience, he has written a series of articles on various phases of the environmental remediation process under the Superfund statute (CERCLA), including placing sites on the National Priorities List, the consideration of short-term risks in remediation decisions, public participation in remediation decisions, and the long-term management of residual contamination at Superfund sites. His most recent work has focused on the new European Union chemicals regulation, known as REACH, and on the Precautionary Principle, a core concept in international and European environmental law, whose introduction into the United States is stoutly resisted by corporate and industrial interests. His chapter, “Embracing a Precautionary Approach to Climate Change,” will appear in Economic Thought and United States Climate Change Policy, edited by CPR Member Scholar David Driesen.
Professor Applegate is widely recognized in the radioactive clean-up world for his leadership in public participation. He has spoken to numerous environmental organizations, testified before Congress, and lectured to international audiences on this and related topics. He has been a peer reviewer for several studies and publications relating to these areas (soil clean-up levels, site risk assessment projects), including a number by the National Research Council/National Academy of Sciences.
Northeastern University School of Law
Shalanda H. Baker is a Professor of Law, Public Policy and Urban Affairs at the Northeastern University School of Law in Boston, Massachusetts, and the Co-Founder and Co-Director of the Initiative for Energy Justice.
Professor Baker is also an affiliate faculty member in Northeastern’s Global Resilience Institute. She teaches courses and writes in the areas of energy justice, renewable energy development, and indigenous rights. Baker was awarded a 2016-17 Fulbright-García Robles grant, which she utilized to explore Mexico’s energy reform, climate change and indigenous rights.
Before joining Northeastern's faculty, Professor Baker spent three years as an associate professor of law at the William S. Richardson School of Law, University of Hawai’i, where she was the founding director of the Energy Justice Program. Prior to that, she served on the faculty at University of San Francisco School of Law. She holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Political Science from the United States Air Force Academy, a Juris Doctor from Northeastern University School of Law, and an LLM from the University of Wisconsin School of Law, where she also served as a William H. Hastie Fellow. In 2019, Governor Charlie Baker appointed Baker to serve as a member of the Massachusetts Energy Facilities Siting Board. She also serves as a member of the Massachusetts Global Warming Solutions Act Implementation Advisory Committee Climate Justice Working Group. She is the President of the Board of the Solutions Project and serves on the Board of the Clean Energy Group.
CUNY School of Law
Rebecca M. Bratspies is Professor of Law at the CUNY School of Law in New York City.
Professor Bratspies has taught Environmental Law, Natural Resources Law, International Environmental Law, Property, Administrative Law, and Lawyering. She holds a J.D. cum laude from the University of Pennsylvania Law School and a B.A. in Biology from Wesleyan University. She has fused these skills into concerns about the environment, with a particular emphasis in genetically-modified crops, about which she has frequently written and presented.
Before teaching, Professor Bratspies served as a legal advisor to Taiwan's Environmental Protection Administration, interpreting international treaties, representing TEPA in settlement negotiations, advising on American laws and practices, presenting seminars on United States constitutional jurisprudence. She also served as a special adjunct attorney in Taiwan's Ministry of Justice. After returning from Taiwan, Bratspies practiced environmental, commercial, and class action litigation with a private firm. Major pro bono experience included two successful class action suits challenging Pennsylvania's implementation of welfare reform.
Professor Bratspies began her legal career as a law clerk to Judge C. Arlen Beam, United States Court of Appeals for the Eighth Circuit. She returned to academia in 1998 at New York University School of Law and then to the University of Idaho College of Law in 2001. During the 2003-2004 academic year, she served as Visiting Associate Professor of Law at Michigan State University-DCL, East Lansing, Michigan.
Professor Bratspies has recently published two books: Progress in International Institutions (with Russell Miller) (Martinus Nijoff: 2007), and Transboundary Harm in International Law: Lessons from the Trail Smelter Arbitration (with Russell Miller) (Cambridge University Press: 2006). Additionally, Bratspies has written in the areas of the human right to a healthy environment, sustainable fisheries management, regulation of genetically modified crops and the role of trust in regulatory systems.
William S. Richardson School of Law University of Hawai'i at Manoa
Maxine Burkett is a Professor of Law at the William S. Richardson School of Law, University of Hawai'i at Manoa.
Burkett teaches Climate Change Law and Policy, Torts, Ocean and Coastal Law, and International Environmental Law. She has written extensively in diverse areas of climate law with a particular focus on climate justice, exploring the disparate impact of climate change on vulnerable communities in the United States and globally. Professor Burkett has presented her research on the law and policy of climate change throughout the United States and in West Africa, Asia, Europe, and the Caribbean. Her work has been cited in numerous news and policy outlets, including BBC Radio, the ABA Journal, the New York Times, and Nature Climate Change.
In 2010, Burkett served as the Wayne Morse Chair of Law and Politics at the Wayne Morse Center, University of Oregon, for the Center’s “Climate Ethics and Climate Equity” theme of inquiry. Other Wayne Morse Chairs include Charles Ogletree, Jr., Vandana Shiva, Barbara Ehrenreich, and Russ Feingold. Burkett is the youngest recipient of the Chair.
From 2009-2012, Professor Burkett also served as the inaugural Director of the Center for Island Climate Adaptation and Policy (ICAP). As the Director of ICAP, she led projects to address climate change policy and planning for island communities globally. She directed the completion of several adaptation related policy documents, outreach and education programs, and decision-maker support efforts for Hawai‘i and other Pacific Island nations.
Professor Burkett attended Williams College and Exeter College, Oxford University, and received her law degree from Boalt Hall School of Law at the University of California, Berkeley. She served as a law clerk for The Honorable Susan Illston of the United States District Court, Northern District of California. She was a White House intern and an Omidyar Fellow. She serves on the boards of Global Greengrants Fund and Kanu Hawai?i. Prior to her appointment at the University of Hawai‘i, Professor Burkett taught at the University of Colorado Law School.
William S. Richardson School of Law
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Georgetown University Law Center
William W. Buzbee is a Professor of Law at Georgetown University Law Center.
In his teaching and scholarship, he specializes in environmental law, legislation and regulation, and administrative law. Recent publications focus on climate regulation, deregulation and law governing agency policy change, and federalism. He also offers seminars on advanced environmental, regulatory, and constitutional law subjects, with his most recent seminar focused on “The Art of Regulatory War.”
Professor Buzbee’s 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, 7th and forthcoming 8th editions of Environmental Protection: Law and Policy(Aspen/Wolters Kluwer). Law review scholarship includes publications in New York University Law Review, University of Pennsylvania Law Review, Michigan Law Review, Stanford Law Review (co-authored), Cornell Law Review (co-authored), Duke Law Journal (forthcoming), George Washington Law Review, Iowa Law Review, The 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. He has published op-eds on regulatory and environmental issues with The New York Times, The Hill, CNN, and been quoted and interviewed by numerous press and media outlets.
Professor Buzbee joined Georgetown from Emory Law School, where he was a professor of law and directed its Environmental and Natural Resources Law Program. He also co-directed Emory’s Center on Federalism and Intersystemic Governance. He has been a visiting professor of law at Columbia, Cornell and Illinois law schools. He has also served as a professor for the Leiden-Amsterdam-Columbia Law School Summer Program in American Law. Professor Buzbee is a founding Member Scholar of the Center for Progressive Reform, a Washington D.C.-based regulatory think tank. Professor Buzbee was awarded the 2007-2008 Emory Williams Teaching Award for excellence in teaching. 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.
University of California, Irvine School of Law
Alejandro Camacho is Chancellor's Professor of Law at the University of California, Irvine, and Faculty Director, UCI Center for Land, Environment, and Natural Resources. He has a joint appointment in Law and Political Science.
Professor Camacho’s scholarship explores the goals, structures, and processes of regulation, with a particular focus on natural resources and public lands law, pollution control law, and land use regulation. His writing considers the role of public participation and scientific expertise in regulation, the allocation of authority and relationships between regulatory institutions, and how the design and goals of legal institutions must and can be reshaped to more effectively account for emerging technologies and the dynamic character of natural and human systems.
His legal scholarship includes articles published or forthcoming in the Yale Journal on Regulation, Washington University Law Review, Vanderbilt Law Review, UCLA Law Review, Stanford Environmental Law Journal, North Carolina Law Review, Harvard Journal on Legislation, Emory Law Journal, Colorado Law Review, Columbia Journal of Environmental Law, and BYU Law Review. Professor Camacho is the co-author, with fellow CPR Member Scholar Robert Glicksman, of Reorganizing Government: A Functional and Dimensional Framework, published by NYU Press in 2019.
Professor Camacho’s interdisciplinary research involves collaborations with experts in ecology, land use planning, political science, computer science, genetics, philosophy, and sociology. He was a co-investigator on National Science Foundation-funded research developing a collaborative cyber-infrastructure for facilitating climate change adaptation. His scientific publications include articles in BioScience, the Journal of Applied Ecology, Issues in Science and Technology, and the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences.
He is a frequent public speaker and has contributed opinion pieces or interviews for various print and radio news outlets (including the Los Angeles Times, Houston Chronicle, Chicago Tribune, San Francisco Chronicle, Denver Post, The Australian, Discover, Nature Climate Change, Bloomberg, Businessweek, HuffPost, Mother Jones, The Hill, and National Public Radio stations).
Professor Camacho is an elected member of the American Law Institute. He also serves as the inaugural Director of the UCI Law Center for Land, Environment, and Natural Resources, which seeks to promote policy-relevant research and public engagement through conferences, lectures, publications, and stakeholder facilitation on a variety of regional and national environmental issues. He is a Scholar at the Center for Progressive Reform, a nonprofit think tank devoted to issues of environmental protection and safety. He is on the Executive Committee of UCI OCEANS, and holds a courtesy appointment in Political Science at UCI’s School of Social Sciences. He is the former chair of the Association of American Law Schools’ Section on Natural Resources.
In Fall 2017, he was the Florence Rogatz Visiting Professor of Law at the Yale Law School. Before joining UCI, Professor Camacho was an Associate Professor at the Notre Dame Law School, a research fellow at the Georgetown University Law Center, and practiced environmental and land use law.
University of Utah S.J. Quinney College of Law
Robin Kundis Craig is James I. Farr Presidential Endowed Professor of Law at the University of Utah S.J. Quinney College of Law.
Professor Craig is a nationally recognized for her work in all things water. Topics she writes about include the Clean Water Act; climate change and water resources, especially in terms of climate change adaptation; the connection between fresh water regulation and ocean water quality; marine biodiversity and marine protected areas; property rights in fresh water, especially public rights and the state public trust doctrines; the intersection of water and energy policies; and science and water resource protection.
As a result of her Clean Water Act work, including her book The Clean Water Act and the Constitution (Environmental Law Institute 2d edition 2009), the National Research Council of the National Academy of Sciences has appointed her, since 2005, to three successive committees to assess the relationship between that Act, water quality in the Mississippi River, and Gulf of Mexico hypoxia. Professor Craig is the sole author of an environmental law text, Environmental Law in Cotext (Thomson/West 2d ed. 2008; 3rd edition forthcoming 2012) and has published more than 50 law review articles and book chapters, as well as numerous shorter works. She is currently working on two new books: Toxic and Environmental Torts: Cases and Materials (with Andrew Klein, Michael Green, and Joseph Sanders), due out from Thomson/West in 2011; and Comparative Ocean Governance: Place-Based Marine Protections in an Era of Climate Change, due out from Edward Elgar Press in 2012.
Professor Craig was the Distinguished Environmental Visitor at Vermont Law School in July 2009 and a Visiting Summer Professor at the University of Hawaii School of Law in 2010; she also taught in the College of Law's summer program at Oxford University in Summer 2008. At the College of Law, Professor Craig regularly teaches Environmental Law, Water Law, Florida Water Law, Civil Procedure, Toxic Torts, Environmental Litigation, and a variety of seminars, including Public Rights in Water and the Environmental Intersection of Land and Sea. She has also taught International Environmental Law, International Biodiversity Law, the Clean Water Act (seminar), Ocean and Coastal Law, Administrative Law, Property, and Bioethics and Biotechnology.
Professor Craig is active in the American Bar Association's Section on Environment, Energy, and Resources and currently serves as Chair of the Marine Resources Committee and Vice Chair of the Constitutional Environmental Law Committee. Before entering law school teaching, she clerked for the Honorable Robert E. Jones at the U.S. District Court for the District of Oregon and worked in the Natural Resources Section, General Counsel Division, Oregon Department of Justice.
University of California, Riverside
Carl F. Cranor is Professor of Philosophy at the University of California, Riverside and a participating faculty member in Environmental Toxicology.
Professor Cranor's generic specialization is in legal and moral philosophy. His research for the past 18 years has been on theoretical issues that arise in the legal and scientific adjudication of risks from toxic substances and from the new genetic technologies. He has taught courses to undergraduates and graduate students on environmental ethics, philosophy of law, justice, the history of ethics, the moral philosophy of Immanuel Kant and John Stuart Mill, philosophical issues in torts and in the criminal law, the regulation of toxic substances, and issues concerning the use of science in regulation and the tort law.
As a result of his research Professor Cranor has been invited to give presentations to the practicing bar, governmental officials, public interest groups, a Centers for Disease Control project, as well as a national security project and some other professional groups. He has done some work as an expert witness and as consultant to a few law firms. He was also a co-author of an Amicus Brief in the U.S. Supreme Court Dow Chemical Co., Monsanto Co., et. al. vs. Stephenson and Issacson (2003) the recent "Agent Orange" Litigation.
Professor Cranor was a Congressional Fellow and a consultant at the Office of Technology Assessment and has served on peer review panels at the National Science Foundation, the University of California Toxic Substances Research and Teaching Program, the UC Biotechnology Research and Teaching Program, and the Coordinating Board of the University of California Water Resources Center.
His expertise has led to service on two Science Advisory Panels-the State of California's Proposition 65 Science Advisory Panel (1989-1992) and on the California Department of Health and Human Services' Electric and Magnetic Fields Science Advisory Panel (1999-2002). He was a member of the National Academy of Sciences Panel to Czechoslovakian Academy of Sciences (1990) and currently serves on the Institute of Medicine's Committee to Evaluate Measures of Health Benefits for Environmental, Health and Safety Regulation.
Professor Cranor has published widely on the use of science in the regulatory and tort law and given numerous presentations to legal, scientific, philosophic and public interest groups. His Cambridge University Press book, Toxic Torts: Science, Law and the Possibility of Justice (2008), has been critically acclaimed as achieving “the almost impossible goal of a learned, readable, and exciting book on the torturous interactions between law and science in tort litigation,” by PhD Professor Ellen K. Silbergeld of the Johns Hopkins University Bloomberg School of Public Health. He published Regulating Toxic Substances: A Philosophy of Science and the Law (Oxford University Press, 1993, paperback 1997), edited Are Genes Us? The Social Consequences of the New Genetics (Rutgers University Press, 1994) and co-authored the U.S. Congress' Office of Technology Assessment Report, Identifying and Regulating Carcinogens (1987). Regulating Toxic Substances discussed some of the tensions between science and the law and argued for the sensitive use of science in legal venues to prevent science from being used as a weapon on one side of the law and to avoid distorting the aims of the law. Identifying and Regulating Carcinogens, reviewed the Executive Branch's regulation of carcinogens through its various agencies and found that that fewer than one-half of the carcinogens under the authority of agencies had been addressed in regulation. His articles have appeared in philosophic, scientific and law journals, including The American Philosophical Quarterly, Ethics, Law and Philosophy, Science and Engineering Ethics, The Yale Law Journal, The Industrial Relations Law Journal, Risk Analysis, Environmental Toxicology and Pharmacology, Risk: Health, Safety and the Environment, the Virginia Environmental Law Journal, Jurimetrics, Law and Contemporary Problems, Plant Physiology, the European Journal of Oncology, the American Journal of Public Health.
Professor Cranor was educated as an undergraduate in mathematics and as a graduate student in philosophy and in law, receiving a Master of Studies in Law from Yale. He has used all of that training in his research and teaching. His research has been supported by more than $1,000,000 in research grants and fellowships, including numerous grants from the National Science Foundation and the University of California Toxic Substances Research and Teaching Program.
He is an Elected Fellow of the American Association for the Advancement of Science (1998) and an Elected Fellow of the Collegium Ramazinni (named in honor of Bernardino Ramazzini, one of the first occupational physicians), an international organization of scholars that seeks to advance the study of occupational and environmental health issues around the world (2003).
Syracuse University College of Law
David M. Driesen is a University Professor at Syracuse University College of Law, and an Adjunct Associate Professor at the State University of New York College of Environmental Science and Forestry. He holds a J.D. from Yale Law School. He is a member of the editorial board of the Carbon and Climate Law Review, published in Berlin and Environmental Law, published in Oxford.
Professor Driesen has taught and written in the areas of environmental law, international environmental law, and constitutional law for many years.
While in academia, Professor Driesen has devoted significant time to defending the constitutionality of environmental law. He represented the United States Public Interest Research Group Education Fund in the American Trucking case before the Supreme Court, public health groups in defending California’s Clean Fuel Fleet Programs against a preemption challenge, and constitutional law professors in defending the Endangered Species Act’s constitutionality. He also represented several United States Senators, including Hilary Clinton, in a challenge to EPA's new source review rules in the United States Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit. He has acted as a consultant for American Rivers and other environmental groups on Clean Water Act issues stemming from the Supreme Court's federalism decisions. And he has testified before Congress on lessons from the implementation of the 1990 Clean Air Act Amendments.
Professor Driesen worked as a project attorney and then senior project attorney in the air and energy program for the Natural Resources Defense Council. He also served on EPA National Pollution Control Techniques Advisory Committee. Prior to that time, he was an Assistant Attorney General in the Special Litigation Division of the Washington State Attorney General's Office and a law clerk to Justice Robert Utter of the Washington State Supreme Court.
Professor Driesen has published widely in the areas of environmental law and policy. He edited and contributed two chapters in Economic Thought and U.S. Climate Change Policy, MIT Press 2009, and edited and contributed one chapter in Beyond Environmental Law: Policy Proposals for a Better Environmental Future, edited with fellow CPR Member Scholar Alyson Flournoy. His book, The Economic Dynamics of Environmental Law (MIT Press 2003), reframes the debate over regulatory reform to take change over time into account. The book argues that static efficiency-based approaches fail to adequately address the tendency of rising population and consumption to increase environmental destruction over time. The book critiques cost-benefit analysis, emissions trading, and free trade-based restrictions on international environmental protection and recommends reforms rooted in an economic dynamic analysis. Professor Driesen received the Lynton Keith Caldwell Award for the book. His most recent book, The Economic Dynamics of Law (Cambridge University Press 2012) further develops the economic dynamic theory and applies it to climate disruption and to subjects outside the environmental realm. He, along with Robert Adler and Kirsten Engel, has also written the textbook, Environmental Law: A Conceptual and Pragmatic Approach (Aspen 3rd ed. 2016).
Professor Driesen has published articles on emissions trading in Environmental Law, Harvard Environmental Law Review, and leading environmental journals, on cost-benefit analysis in Ecology Law Quarterly, Colorado Law Review and Environmental Law, and on free trade and the environment in the Virginia Journal of International Law. His articles on constitutional law have appeared in the Cornell Law Review and elsewhere. His writing critiquing the dichotomy between "command and control" regulation and economic incentives has been especially widely cited and has helped spawn a more sophisticated third generation literature on economic incentives.
Professor Driesen is known primarily as a critic of efficiency-based law and economics and as a proponent of an alternative approach based on institutional economics and emphasizing stimulation of innovation. He plays trumpet with the Excelsior Cornet Band and the Syracuse University Brass Ensemble. Before going to law school he taught and performed in symphony orchestras in the United States, Brazil, Mexico, and Austria, learning German, Portuguese, and Spanish in the process.
University of Wyoming College of Law
Michael C. Duff is a Professor of Law at the University of Wyoming College of Law in Laramie, Wyoming.
Professor Duff, the grandson of a Harlan County, Kentucky coal miner who died of black lung at the age of 52, has been a professor at the University of Wyoming College of Law since 2006. He is a fellow of the American Bar Foundation and the Pound Civil Justice Institute, and a member of the National Academy of Social Insurance.
Professor Duff has written on a variety of labor and employment issues arising under workers’ compensation law, the Employee Retirement Income Security Act, the National Labor Relations Act, and the Bankruptcy Code. He is author of a workers’ compensation textbook and co-author of a labor law textbook, both published by Carolina Academic Press. He has recently written a treatise on Wyoming workers’ compensation law, which was published in December 2019 by the CALI eLangdell Press. Professor Duff presently teaches courses in Torts, Labor Law, Workers’ Compensation Law, and Bankruptcy. He has previously taught courses in Administrative Law, Evidence, and Alternative Dispute Resolution in the Workplace.
Prior to his career as an academic, Professor Duff spent a decade working as an attorney, adjudicative official, and investigator in two National Labor Relations Board regional offices. Prior to his NLRB experience, Professor Duff worked for two years as an associate attorney in the Maine, claimant-side workers’ compensation firm McTeague, Higbee & MacAdam. Before attending law school, Professor Duff was a blue collar worker for 15years. For seven of those years, he was a Teamsters’ shop steward and active union organizer.
Vermont Law School
John Echeverria is Professor of Law at Vermont Law School.
Professor Echeverria joined the Vermont Law School faculty in 2009. He previously served for 12 years as Executive Director of the Georgetown Environmental Law & Policy Institute at Georgetown University Law Center. Prior to that he was General Counsel of the National Audubon Society and General Counsel and Conservation Director of American Rivers, Inc. Professor Echeverria also was an an associate for four years in the Washington, D.C. office of Hughes, Hubbard & Reed. Immediately after graduating from a joint degree at Yale Law School and the Yale School of Forestry and Environmental Studies, Professor Echeverria served for one year as law clerk to the Honorable Gerhard Gesell of the U.S. District Court in the District of Columbia.
Mr. Echeverria has written extensively on the takings issue, with articles published in the Stanford Environmental Law Journal and Environmental Law Reporter, and other aspects of environmental and natural resource law. He has frequently represented state and local governments, environmental organizations, planning groups and others in regulatory takings cases and other environmental litigation at all levels of the federal and state court systems. In 2007, Professor Echeverria received the Jefferson Fordham Advocacy Award to recognize outstanding excellence within the area of state and local government law over a lifetime of achievement. Professor Echeverria is married and has two sons.
University of Richmond School of Law
Joel Eisen is a Professor of Law at the University of Richmond School of Law.
Professor Eisen’s expertise centers on energy law and policy (focusing on topics relating to the modernization of the electric grid), environmental law and policy, and administrative law. He is a co-author of a leading law and business school textbook on energy law, Energy, Economics and the Environment: Cases and Materials, as well as numerous books, book chapters, treatises, and law review articles on electric utility regulation, renewable energy, and brownfields law and policy.
His scholarship has appeared in journals at Harvard, UCLA, Duke, Notre Dame, North Carolina, George Washington, Utah, Fordham, Illinois, Wake Forest, U.C. Davis, and William & Mary law schools, among other venues. In recognition of his contributions to scholarship, Richmond Law named him the inaugural Austin Owen Research Fellow for 2013-2018. He was awarded the University of Richmond's Distinguished Educator Award in 2010, and his article "Residential Renewable Energy: By Whom?" was voted one of the four top environmental articles of 2011 by the Vanderbilt Law School and Environmental Law Institute. From 1993-2005, he was Director of the Robert R. Merhige, Jr., Center of Environmental Law. In 2009, Professor Eisen served as a Fulbright Professor of Law at the China University of Political Science and Law in Beijing, China.
Professor Eisen began his legal career at the San Francisco law firm of McCutchen, Doyle, Brown & Enersen. Following this, he served as a committee counsel to the Science, Space and Technology Committee of the U.S. House of Representatives before transitioning to law teaching in 1993 at Richmond.
Professor Eisen is a graduate of the Stanford Law School (J.D. 1985) and the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (B.S. degree in Civil Engineering, Transportation Planning concentration in 1981). His primary avocation is constructing crossword puzzles; he has had puzzles published in the Washington Post, Los Angeles Times, and Wall Street Journal.
University of Alabama School of Law
Heather Elliott is Professor of Law at the University of Alabama School of Law.
She is a former law clerk to U.S. Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg and to Judge Merrick B. Garland of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the D.C. Circuit. She joined the Law School in August 2008 after serving as Assistant Professor at Catholic University's Columbus School of Law in Washington, DC. She teaches civil procedure, land use law & planning, and water law.
Elliott received her J.D. from the University of California, Berkeley School of Law (Boalt Hall), where she was an articles editor for the Ecology Law Quarterly, earned an Environmental Law Certificate, and was elected to Order of the Coif. She earned M.A. and M.Phil. degrees in political science at Yale University and graduated magna cum laude from Duke University with a B.A. in political science and philosophy.
From 2003-2005, she was an appellate litigation associate at Wilmer Cutler Pickering Hale & Dorr LLP in Washington, DC, where she wrote briefs to the United States Supreme Court, the California Supreme Court, and numerous federal and state intermediate appellate courts in cases involving constitutional law, bankruptcy, Indian law, administrative law, and environmental law.
Elliott's scholarship focuses on the role of courts and agencies in a democratic society.
University of California, Berkeley School of Law
Daniel A. Farber is the Sho Sato Professor of Law and Director of the California Center for Law, Energy and the Environment at the University of California, Berkeley School of Law.
Professor Farber’s expertise is in the area of Cost-Benefit Analysis, Climate Change, and Constitutional Law.
Professor Farber has served on the Board of Directors for the Minnesota Civil Liberties Union, as a Law Clerk for Justice John Paul Stevens, United States Supreme Court, as a Law Clerk for Judge Philip W. Tone, United States Court of Appeals for the Seventh Circuit, and on the Litigation Committee, AAUP; AAUP Special Committee on Confidentiality in Tenure Review. Professor Farber was also an Associate at the firm Sidley & Austin (Washington DC).
Daniel Farber has written several books on environmental law, including Disasters and the Law, (Aspen Publishers, 2006, with Jim Chen), Eco-Pragmatism: Making Sensible Environmental Decisions in an Uncertain World (University of Chicago Press, 1999), Environmental Law in a Nutshell (West Pub. Co., 1st ed. 1983, 2d ed. 1988; 3d ed. 1992; Japanese translation, 1992; 4th ed. 1995; 5th ed. 2000 with R. Findley), and Environmental Law Cases and Materials (West Pub. Co., 1st ed. 1981, 2d ed. 1985, 3d ed. 1991, 4th ed. 1995, 5th ed. 1999; with 1983, 1988, 1993, and 1997 Supplements; Teacher's Manuals 1992 , 1995 and 1999) with R. Findley, 6th ed. 2003 with R. Findley and J. Freeman; 7th ed. 2006 with J. Freeman and A. Carlson. His recent book publications include Public Choice and Public Law (Economic Approaches to Law), Elgar 2007, and Retained by the People: The ‘Silent’ Ninth Amendment and the Constitutional Rights Americans Don’t Know They Have, Basic Books, 2007, as well as a number of book chapters on constitutional law and judicial decision-making. Professor Farber’s recent articles include Justice Stevens, Habeas Jurisdiction, and the War on Terror, in the U.C. Davis Law Review 2010, Rethinking the Role of Cost-Benefit Analysis in the University of Chicago Law Review 2009, and Adaptation Planning and Climate Impact Assessments: Learning from NEPA’s Flaws, in the Environmental Law Reporter, among many others from a wide range of legal topics.).
Indiana University Maurer School of Law
Robert L. Fischman is George P. Smith, II Distinguished Professor of Law; Professor of Public and Environmental Affairs (adjunct) at Indiana University Maurer School of Law in Bloomington.
Professor Fischman is a distinguished scholar whose articles have won recognition as among the most influential in environmental law. He is a co-author of the leading casebook on public land and resources law. His book on management of the National Wildlife Refuge System has become the standard reference in the field. He has written on public land management, endangered species recovery, environmental impact analysis, federalism, and global climate change.
At Indiana University School of Law, Fischman teaches environmental law, administrative law, public natural resources law, water law, wildlife law, and an advanced environmental seminar. As an adjunct professor at the university’s School of Public and Environmental Affairs, he teaches a capstone seminar.
Prior to joining Indiana University in 1992, he taught at the University of Wyoming. Before that he served as Natural Resources Program Director and Staff Attorney at the Environmental Law Institute in Washington, D.C. He has taught as a visiting professor in the environmental law programs of both the Vermont Law School and the Lewis and Clark School of Law. Professor Fischman also spent a year as a senior research scholar at Yale Law School.
Professor Fischman has published dozens of articles on environmental law and policy in journals such as the University of Colorado Law Review, Stanford Environmental Law Journal, Natural Resources Journal, Columbia Journal of Environmental Law, and Minnesota Law Review. His peer-reviewed publications have appeared in many journals such as BioScience, Conservation Biology, and Environmental Management.
Professor Fischman is a founding board member of the Conservation Law Center, Inc., which operates the Indiana University Maurer School of Law conservation law clinic.
University of Houston Law Center
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.
University of Florida Levin College of Law
Alyson Flournoy is Professor of Law at the University of Florida Levin College of Law in Gainesville.
Professor Flournoy has taught various environmental law courses including the environmental law survey course, Advanced Environmental Law and Litigation (a simulation-based skills course emphasizing the pre-trial phase), Comparative Environmental Law, and seminars on environmental law, as well as Administrative Law and Property. She also collaborated with colleagues from Environmental Engineering and Medicine to develop and teach an inter-disciplinary course on Environmental Ethics. In addition to teaching in the United States, she has taught environmental law at Warsaw University as part of the Introduction to American Law Program, and has taught comparative environmental law to classes that included students from France and Latin America in UF Summer Study Abroad Programs in France and Costa Rica. She has supervised LL.M. research on environmental law topics by Comparative Law graduate students from Taiwan, South Korea and Brazil.
Since 1990, Professor Flournoy has served as a Trustee of Florida Defenders of the Environment (FDE), one of Florida's longest established and best respected conservation groups. She served on the Executive Council of the Board from 1993 to 1995 and as President of the Board of Trustees from 1995 to 1998. FDE was founded in 1969 by citizens who recognized the potentially devastating effects of the proposed Cross Florida Barge Canal. FDE forged a coalition of volunteer specialists from science, economics and law who led the successful effort to halt the project. FDE's work led to the creation of the Marjorie Harris Carr Cross Florida Greenway on lands initially condemned for the Barge Canal. Since that time, FDE has continued its strategy of bringing reliable information to the attention of decision-makers and the public in its ongoing work to restore the Ocklawaha River and to protect Florida's other natural resources. Professor Flournoy also served on a University of Florida Sustainability Task Force charged by President Charles Young to make recommendations on how to make the University of Florida a leader in sustainability. She chaired the effort to create the Environmental and Land Use Law Program and has served as its Director since its inception in 1999.
Professor Flournoy began her legal career in 1983 as a law clerk to Chief Justice Robert Wilentz of the New Jersey Supreme Court. Following her clerkship, she practiced with the firm of Covington and Burling in Washington, D.C., specializing in environmental law. Her work included matters under the Clean Air and Clean Water Acts, the Comprehensive Environmental Response, Compensation, and Liability Act (Superfund), the Toxic Substances Control Act and the National Environmental Policy Act. She also spent six months through the firm's pro bono program working in a Neighborhood Legal Services Program office in Washington, where she handled a variety of housing, benefits and other cases on behalf of indigent clients.
Professor Flournoy's scholarship focuses on environmental ethics, decision-making processes under environmental and natural resource laws, and on the intersection of science and law. She has addressed these themes in writings about endangered species and forest management, wetlands conservation and restoration, and regulation of toxic substances. Her most recent work focuses on the importance of identifying the values that are embedded in the nation's environmental laws and policies.
Professor Flournoy is a member of the Executive Committee of the Environmental Law Section of the American Association of Law Schools. She also serves as an Advisor to the Natural Resources Leadership Institute, an organization founded to help rising leaders develop the skills to help build consensus on contentious environmental issues.
Lewis & Clark Law School
William Funk is a Distinguished Professor of Law Emeritus at Lewis & Clark Law School in Portland, Oregon.
Professor Funk regularly teaches administrative law and constitutional law. He has also taught environmental law, toxic tort law, pollution control law, and a seminar on hazardous waste law. As part of government sponsored training programs, he has taught environmental law to federal judges and to employees of the Army Corps of Engineers, the U.S. Forest Service, and the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service.
Professor Funk left the practice of law for academia in 1983, but has remained actively involved in the everyday world of environmental law and regulatory practice. Over the years, he has consulted for the U.S. Department of Energy, the Administrative Conference of the United States, and the Columbia River Gorge Commission, as well as for attorneys on particular cases. He chaired an advisory committee for the Oregon Department of Environmental Quality (DEQ) that developed Oregon's Green Permit regulations and served for a number of years on an advisory committee for the Oregon DEQ drafting regulations governing hazardous waste cleanups. Professor Funk has been active in the American Bar Association's Section of Administrative Law and Regulatory Practice, where he is a past Chair of the Section, as well as chairing committees and editing its newsletter.
After receiving his B.A. from Harvard and his J.D. from Columbia, Professor Funk clerked for Judge James Oakes of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit. He then joined the Office of Legal Counsel in the U.S. Department of Justice. After three years in that position, he became the Principal Staff Member of the Legislation Subcommittee of the House Permanent Select Committee on Intelligence. In 1978 he joined the U.S. Department of Energy, first as a Deputy Assistant General Counsel and later as Assistant General Counsel. At the Department of Energy his principal responsibilities first involved the then-petroleum price and allocation system and later energy efficiency regulations and regulatory reform.
Professor Funk has published widely in the fields of administrative law, constitutional law, and environmental law. He is the author of Introduction to American Constitutional Law and a co-author of Administrative Procedure and Practice, Legal Protection of the Environment, and Federal Administrative Procedure Sourcebook.
As a law student, Professor Funk was one of the founding editors of the Columbia Journal of Environmental Law. As a law professor, he has chaired both the Natural Resources Section and the Administrative Law Section of the Association of American Law Schools. He has been a frequent speaker on environmental subjects in CLE programs. He was recently elected to the American Law Institute.
University of New Mexico School of Law
Eileen Gauna is an Emeritus Professor of Law at the University of New Mexico School of Law, where she teaches Environmental Law, Environmental Justice, Administrative Law, Energy Law, and Property Law.
Professor Gauna has worked closely with grassroots environmental justice organizations and networks in the Southwestern United States. For example, she conducted workshops on the applicability of civil rights laws to environmental permitting for the SouthWest Organizing Project, Compadres, and Tucsonians for a Cleaner Environment. She has commented on several proposed agency regulations, highlighting the environmental justice implications of the proposed rules. She worked with Richard Moore, director of the Southwest Network for Environmental and Economic Justice (SNEEJ) and co-chair of the National Environmental Policy Commission (NEPC), in drafting a submission to the NEPC on a proposed legislative strategy to address environmental justice. She has worked with SNEEJ (and its affiliates) and Communities for a Better Environment to examine proposals to reform new source review and market-oriented proposals under the Clean Air Act, and is now working with a SNEEJ working group on environmental justice legislative and regulatory initiatives in New Mexico.
After receiving her J.D. from the University of New Mexico, she clerked for Justice Mary Walters of the New Mexico Supreme Court and subsequently practiced law in Albuquerque. Prior to joining the law faculty at UNM, she was on the faculty at Southwestern University School of Law in Los Angeles, California.
Professor Gauna is a member of the Environmental Justice Committee of the American Bar Association's Individual Rights and Responsibilities Section, as well as a member of the Environmental Justice Committee of the American Bar Association’s Section on Environment, Energy and Resources. In addition, Professor Gauna is currently on the National Environmental Justice Advisory Council (NEJAC) Implementation Committee, and recently testified before Congress on climate change issues. She has served several tenures on the EPA's National Environmental Justice Advisory Council (NEJAC), where she served as chair of the Air and Water Subcommittee and member of the Executive Council. In connection with her duties on the NEJAC, Professor Gauna worked on the drafting committee which prepared the following reports to the Administrator: EPA Report: Environmental Justice in the Permitting Process (July 2000), and Report on Integration of Environmental Justice in Federal Agency Programs (December 2000). Professor Gauna is also a former chair of the Executive Committee of the Environmental Law Section of the American Association of Law Schools.
In 1998 Professor Gauna was appointed to an EPA federal advisory committee that examined the applicability of Title VI of the Civil Rights Act to environmental permitting. In connection with her work on the advisory committee, Professor Gauna was a member of a workgroup that developed a template for state and local governments to use in addressing environmental justice, as well as a drafting workgroup that helped prepare the Report to the EPA Administrator of The Title VI Implementation Advisory Committee: Next Steps for EPA, State and Local Environmental Justice Programs (1999). In connection with her work on the Title VI advisory committee, Professor Gauna gave a presentation on the technical aspects of the then-proposed report to grassroots environmental justice representatives in Dallas, Texas.
In 2002, Professor Gauna was appointed to the California Governor's Office of Planning, Research and Development Environmental Justice Working Group, a multi-stakeholder group appointed to advise the Governor's Office on implementation of environmental justice legislation recently enacted in California. She has also given several presentations on environmental justice at workshops sponsored by the California Air Resources Board.
Her publications include RECHTSHAFFEN AND GAUNA, ENVIRONMENTAL JUSTICE: LAW, POLICY AND REGULATION (2002), a leading casebook on environmental justice, along with numerous reports, chapters and law review articles on environmental law and environmental justice.
The George Washington University Law School
Robert L. Glicksman is the J. B. and Maurice C. Shapiro Professor of Environmental Law at the George Washington University Law School. He is a member of the board of directors of the Center for Progressive Reform.
Professor Glicksman has expertise in both of the two main branches of environmental law, pollution control and public natural resources law. His recent research has focused largely on climate change issues, public natural resources issues, and the intersection of the two. He has taught three different environmental law courses -- a survey course covering both of these branches and more specialized courses in regulation of air and water pollution and toxic substances and hazardous waste regulation. He also regularly teaches property law (including regulatory takings cases involving environmental controls) and administrative law. Professor Glicksman has written on all of these topics for more than 25 years.
Professor Glicksman worked in private practice for four years after graduating from the Cornell Law School. He practiced for Cleary, Gottlieb, Steen & Hamilton, a nationally recognized law firm with an office in Washington, D.C., serving industrial clients in the energy and chemical industries. Professor Glicksman returned to private practice in 1993-94 while on leave from the University of Kansas. During that time, he worked for Lowenstein Sandler, a firm in Roseland, N.J. with a thriving environmental law practice, providing advice to clients on hazardous waste-related issues.
In addition to his experiences in private practice, Professor Glicksman served as a consultant to the Secretariat for the Commission for Environmental Cooperation. The CEC is an international organization established by the North American Agreement on Environmental Cooperation (the environmental side agreement to NAFTA) on issues pertaining to the resolution of international disputes among Canada, Mexico, and the United States on issues of both domestic and international environmental law. Professor Glicksman's role was to provide advice concerning the proper disposition of submissions by NGOs seeking a finding by the CEC that the signatory parties have failed to effectively enforce their environmental laws.
Professor Glicksman has published widely in the areas of pollution control, public natural resources management, and administrative law. His book Risk Regulation At Risk: Restoring a Pragmatic Balance (Stanford University Press 2003, with Sidney Shapiro), takes issue with the notion that economic efficiency should be the sole or even principal criterion governing the establishment and implementation of laws and regulations designed to reduce the health and environmental risks attributable to industrial activities. The authors urge instead a pragmatic approach to risk regulation that takes into account other values. Professor Glicksman is the lead co-author of an environmental law casebook, Environmental Protection: Law and Policy (Aspen Law and Business), now in its fifth edition (with Professors Markell, Buzbee, Mandelker, and Tarlock). Professor Glicksman is also the co-author (with George C. Coggins) of the leading treatise on public land and resource management, Public Natural Resources Law, (now in its second edition), as well as a student nutshell on the same subject, Modern Public Land Law (now in its third edition). He has also contributed a chapter entitled, “Federal Preemption by Inaction,” in Preemptive Choice: The Theory, Law, and Reality of Federalism’s Core Question, 2009, edited by fellow CPR Member Scholar William Buzbee, and “Environmental Law,” in Kansas Annual Survey, 2007.
Professor Glicksman's law review articles have been published in journals that include the Pennsylvania Law Review, the Northwestern University Law Review, the Duke Law Journal, the Vanderbilt Law Review, the Wake Forest Law Review, the Columbia Journal of Environmental Law, the Stanford Environmental Law Journal, the UCLA Journal of Environmental Law and Policy, the Virginia Environmental Law Journal, the Boston College Environmental Affairs Law Review, the William & Mary Environmental Law & Policy Review, the Oregon Law Review, the Loyola Law Review, The Administrative Law Review, the Chicago-Kent Law Review, and the Denver University Law Review. Two of Professor Glicksman's articles on judicial review of environmental decision-making (co-authored with Christopher Schroeder, a CPR Board member), have been singled out for recognition as the best in the field for a particular year and have been republished in the Land Use & Environment Law Review. A third article by Professor Glicksman on regulatory takings was also republished in that review. Another of Professor Glicksman's articles, on the Supreme Court and its treatment of environmental law issues, was designated in 1994 by Professor William Rodgers of the University of Washington as one of the 25 best environmental law articles ever written.
Professor Glicksman was instrumental in the expansion of the environmental law curriculum at the University of Kansas School of Law. He helped to establish a certificate program in environmental and natural resources law. He is now the J.B. & Maurice C. Shapiro Professor of Environmental Law at the George Washington University Law School.
The George Washington University Law School
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University of Idaho College of Law
Dale Goble is a Professor Emeritus of Law at the University of Idaho College of Law. He is also an adjunct faculty member of the Environmental Science, Water Resources, and Bioregional Planning Faculties at UI.
He earned an A.B. in philosophy from Columbia College and a J.D. from the University of Oregon. Following law school, he taught at Oregon for a year before joining the Solicitor's Office at the Department of the Interior in Washington, D.C. as an Honor's Program Attorney. He subsequently worked in the Lands and Minerals Division where his responsibilities included sagebrush rebellion litigation, wilderness, land-use planning, and wild and scenic river issues. He has been at the College of Law since 1982.
Professor Goble teaches natural resource law (including public land law and wildlife law), natural resource history, and torts. His scholarship focuses on the intersection of natural resource law and policy, constitutional law, and history. In addition to the usual numerous articles and essays, he is the co-author of three books: Wildlife Law: A Primer (Island Press 2008), Wildlife Law: Cases and Materials (Foundation Press, 2d edition, 2009) and Federal Wildlife Statutes: Texts and Cotexts (Foundation Press, 2002). He has also co-edited two volumes that grew out of the Endangered Species Act @ 30 Project, The Endangered Species Act at Thirty: Renewing the Conservation Promise (Island Press, 2006) and The Endangered Species Act at Thirty: Conserving Biodiversity in Human-Dominated Landscapes (Island Press, 2006). He also co-edited a collection of essays on the environmental history of the Pacific Northwest, NorthwestLands, Northwest Peoples: Readings in Environmental History (University of Washington Press, 1999). Professor Goble has published extensive chapters and articles on the Endangered Species Act, diversity and recovery in recent years.
Between 2001 and 2008, he was an organizer of a multidisciplinary, multi-interest evaluation of the Endangered Species Act at its thirtieth anniversary. The ESA @ 30 Project has produced two national conferences, nearly a dozen smaller workshops, and a series of briefings to groups including congressional staffs, the Associate Regional Directors of the U.S. Fish & Wildlife Service, the Nature Conservancy-Smith Fellows, and the Western Association of Fish and Game Administrators.
Professor Goble has received the College of Natural Resource's Bridge Builder Award (2008), the University of Idaho's Award for Excellence in Research / Creative Activity (2004-2005), the Idaho State Bar Association’s Distinguished Service Award (1992), and four Alumni Awards for Excellence in Teaching.
He has served on the boards of directors of Idaho Conservation League, Idaho Legal Aid Services, Idaho Land and Water Fund, and Idaho Environmental Forum; he is a member of the editorial advisory board of Western Legal History and is Idaho state reporter for Administrative and Regulatory Law News.
Loyola University Chicago School of Law
Carmen G. Gonzalez is the Morris I. Leibman Professor of Law at the Loyola University Chicago School of Law.
She has taught courses on environmental law, hazardous waste and toxics regulation, torts, administrative law, international trade law, and international environmental law.
While in academia, Professor Gonzalez has advised the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency on international environmental justice matters by serving as member and vice-chair of the International Subcommittee of the National Environmental Justice Advisory Council. Professor Gonzalez also worked as legal representative for the Basel Action Network (a non-governmental organization seeking to curb the export of hazardous wastes to developing countries) during the negotiation of the Liability Protocol to the Basel Convention on the Transboundary Movement of Hazardous Wastes and Their Disposal. In 2010-2012, Professor Gonzalez was part of a team of U.S. law professors that was awarded a $650,000 grant from the U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID) to conduct environmental law capacity-building workshops for Central American law professors. Finally, Professor Gonzalez served on the International Bar Association’s Working Group on Legal Aspects of Climate Change Adaptation and on the board of trustees of Earthjustice, a public interest environmental law firm. In 2015, she was recognized as an environmental leader of color by Green 2.0, an organization working to increase diversity among mainstream environmental organizations, government agencies, and foundations.
After earning her B.A. from Yale University and her J.D. from Harvard Law School, Professor Gonzalez clerked for Judge Thelton E. Henderson of the U.S. District Court for the Northern District of California. She was subsequently an attorney at Pillsbury, Madison and Sutro, where she specialized in environmental litigation. From 1991 to 1994, Professor Gonzalez worked as a transactional attorney at Pacific Gas and Electric Company. From 1994 to 1998, Professor Gonzalez was assistant regional counsel in the San Francisco office of the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (U.S. EPA). At EPA, Professor Gonzalez handled a wide variety of environmental cases involving Superfund and the Resource Conservation and Recovery Act. She also served on the U.S. EPA team addressing environmental problems along the U.S.-Mexican border.
Professor Gonzalez has published widely in the areas of international environmental law, environmental justice, and food security. In addition to her law journal publications, she is co-editor of International Environmental Law and the Global South (Cambridge University Press, 2015).
Professor Gonzalez was a Fulbright Scholar in Buenos Aires, Argentina, where she taught international environmental law at the Universidad del Salvador. She also spent a year in Ukraine working on a USAID-funded environmental law project. In 2004-2005, Professor Gonzalez served as one of four Supreme Court Fellows selected by a panel of distinguished lawyers and judges appointed by the Chief Justice of the United States. Professor Gonzalez was a visiting scholar at Cambridge University’s Lauterpacht Centre for International Law, and a visiting professor at the Hopkins-Nanjing Center, a joint project of Johns Hopkins University and the University of Nanjing. In 2010-2011, she served as chair of the Environmental Law Section of the Association of American Law Schools, and she currently serves as co-chair of the Research Committee of the International Union for the Conservation of Nature (IUCN) Academy of Environmental Law. Professor Gonzalez was selected as the George Soros Visiting Chair at the Central European University School of Public Policy in Budapest, Hungary for Spring 2017.
Loyola University Chicago School of Law
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The George Washington University Law School
Emily Hammond is the Jeffrey and Martha Kohn Senior Associate Dean for Academic Affairs, and the Glen Earl Weston Research Professor of Law at The George Washington University Law School.
Emily Hammond is a nationally recognized expert in energy law, environmental law, and administrative law. A former environmental engineer, Dean Hammond brings technical fluency to cutting-edge issues at the intersection of law, science, and policy. Their scholarship focuses on the regulatory process, the responses of various legal institutions to scientific uncertainty, electricity markets, climate change, and the law of water quality.
Dean Hammond's articles have appeared in numerous top-ranked journals, including the Columbia Law Review, the Duke Law Journal, the Michigan Law Review, and the Vanderbilt Law Review. They are a co-author of one of the nation’s leading energy law texts, Energy, Economics and the Environment, and the environmental law text Environmental Protection: Law and Policy, in addition to a variety of book chapters and shorter works. Dean Hammond’s current projects include an examination of administrative law in regional and local offices, and a book project that explores how federal energy and environmental laws have enabled, shaped, and hindered grassroots resistance movements in Central Appalachia.
An elected member of the American Law Institute, Dean Hammond is also past Chair of the American Association of Law Schools’ Administrative Law Section and a Member Scholar of the Center for Progressive Reform. They have consulted on various energy, environmental, and administrative law matters, authored amicus briefs, and testified before Congress on these issues. Dean Hammond actively collaborates with other researchers from a variety of disciplines and is a past Distinguished Young Environmental Scholar recipient at the Stegner Center, University of Utah. An energetic and dedicated teacher, they were awarded the Distinguished Faculty Service Award by the graduating class of 2018.
Prior to joining the GW law faculty, Dean Hammond served on the faculties at Wake Forest University and the University of Oklahoma College of Law, where they served as Associate Dean for Academic Affairs and Associate Director of the Law Center. They have visited at the University of Texas, Florida State University, and the University of Georgia. Before entering academia, Dean Hammond practiced law with Bondurant, Mixson & Elmore in Atlanta, Georgia, and clerked for Judge Richard W. Story of the U.S. District Court for the Northern District of Georgia.
UCLA School of Law
Sean B. Hecht is the Co-Executive Director of the Emmett Institute on Climate Change and the Environment, Evan Frankel Professor of Policy and Practice, and Co-Director of the Frank G. Wells Environmental Law Clinic at UCLA School of Law.
He works with students to serve environmental organizations and government agencies in his role as co-director of the Frank G. Wells Environmental Law Clinic. His teaching includes Public Natural Resources Law and Policy, Environmental Law, and a California State Environmental Law seminar, in addition to the Environmental Law Clinic. Sean is a frequent speaker and media commenter on a wide range of environmental, natural resources, and energy law and policy issues. He collaborates on projects with practicing environmental lawyers, environmental and environmental justice advocacy organizations, policymakers, and the business community. Sean’s research interests include developing legal and policy tools for building resilience to climate change’s projected impacts; analyzing the insurance and finance sectors’ roles in addressing climate change; examining the relationship between environmental justice and mainstream environmental advocacy; analyzing the role of environmental impact analysis under CEQA, NEPA, and other laws in protecting health and the environment; and studying the dynamics of federal public land law and policy and the relationship between state and federal regulation on public lands.
After law school, Sean served as law clerk for Hon. Laughlin E. Waters of the United States District Court for the Central District of California. He began law practice at the firm Strumwasser & Woocher, litigating cases involving election law, employment law, environmental and land-use law, and insurance regulation. More recently, he served as a Deputy Attorney General for the California Department of Justice, representing the Attorney General and state agencies on environmental and public health matters. Sean is a past chair of the State Bar of California’s environmental law section, and the founding (past) board chair of the Harbor Community Benefit Foundation, a nonprofit that works to mitigate Port-related environmental impacts, including environmental justice impacts, and improve environmental quality in the near-Port Los Angeles communities of San Pedro and Wilmington. Along with co-counsel in Center for Biological Diversity v. Department of Fish and Wildlife (Newhall Ranch), he received the 2016 California Lawyer Attorney of the Year (CLAY) Award for environmental law. He blogs at http://legal-planet.org.
American University Washington College of Law
David Hunter is a Professor of Law and Director of the International Legal Studies Program at American University, Washington College of Law, the Director of the Washington Summer Session on Environmental Law.
Professor Hunter also currently serves on the Boards of Directors of the Environmental Law Alliance Worldwide, EarthRights International, and the Project on Government Oversight (chair).
Professor Hunter specializes in international environmental law, US environmental law, environmental torts, international law and Institutions, and sustainable finance.
Professor Hunter was the former Executive Director of the Center for International Environmental Law, a non-governmental organization dedicated to protecting the global environment through the use of international law. Mr. Hunter was formerly an environmental consultant to the Czech and Slovak environmental ministries, an Environmental Associate at the Washington, D.C. law firm of Skadden, Arps, Slate, Meagher & Flom, and Executive Director of WaterWatch of Oregon, a non-profit organization dedicated to improving western water laws.
Professor Hunter is author of many articles on international environmental law, and is co-author of the leading textbook in the field: International Environmental Law and Policy (Foundation Press, 3rd edition, 2006), as well as Climate Change and the Law, Lexis-Nexis Publishing, 2009. He is also the author of International Climate Negotiations: Opportunities and Challenges for the Obama Administration, 19 Duke Envtl. L. Pol’y F. 247 (2009) and Civil Society Networks and the Development of Environmental Standards at International Financial Institutions, 8 Chi. J. Int’l L. 437 (2008). Professor Hunter is co-author of the publications Narrowing the Accountability Gap: Toward a New Foreign Investor Accountability Mechanism, 20 Geo. J. Intl. Envtl. L. Rev.187 (Winter, 2008), Negligence in the Air: The Duty of Care in Climate Change Litigation, 155 U. Pa. L. Rev. 1741 (2007), The Biobio's Legacy: Institutional Reforms and Unfulfilled Promises at the International Finance Corporation, in Demanding Accountability (Rowman & Littlefield 2003).
Professor Hunter has also authored Implications of Climate Change Litigation for International Environmental Law-Making, in Hari Osofsky & Wil Burns, EDS., Adjudicating Climate Control: Sub-National, National and Supra-National Approaches (Cambridge Press, 2007), The Future of US Climate Policy, in Canada's Role In Addressing Climate Change(J. Brunnee, et al., eds., U. of Toronto Press 2007), and An Ecological Perspective on Property: A Call for Judicial Protection of the Public's Interest in Environmentally Critical Resources, 12 Harv. Envtl. L. Rev. 311 (1988) (reprinted in 20 Land Use & Envtl. L. Rev. (1989)).
He is a 1983 graduate of the University of Michigan with majors in economics and political science, and a 1986 graduate of the Harvard Law School.
University of Minnesota Law School
Bradley C. Karkkainen is the Henry J. Fletcher Professor in Law at the University of Minnesota Law School.
Professor Karkkainen is a nationally recognized authority in the fields of environmental and natural resources law. Professor Karkkainen teaches courses in environmental law, international environmental law, natural resources law, water law, land use, property, administrative law, and regulatory theory.
Prior to joining the University of Minnesota faculty, Professor Karkkainen held a visiting appointment at the University of California-Berkeley (Boalt Hall) in 2002-03, and was Associate Professor at Columbia Law School in New York City from 1995 to 2003. He has also taught courses for European lawyers at Columbia Law School's Columbia-Amsterdam Program in the Netherlands, and for conservation biology graduate students at Columbia University's Center for Environmental Research and Conservation (CERC).
In 1994-95, Professor Karkkainen clerked for the Hon. Patricia M. Wald on the U.S. Court of Appeals, D.C. Circuit. Professor Karkkainen is a principal investigator in the Project on Public Problem-Solving (POPPS), an interdisciplinary collaborative research effort at Columbia, Harvard, the University of California-Berkeley, and the University of Minnesota that is investigating innovative regulatory designs and mechanisms for public service delivery across a variety of policy domains. In the summers of 2002 and 2004, Professor Karkkainen held an appointment as Guest Investigator at the Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution (WHOI) Marine Policy Center in Woods Hole, Massachusetts, a leading center for marine science and policy studies.
Professor Karkkainen is the author of numerous monographs, book chapters, and articles in leading legal and social science journals. His research centers on innovative strategies for environmental regulation and natural resources management, with an emphasis on mechanisms that promote continuous adaptive learning, flexibility, transparency, and policy integration.
Professor Karkkainen holds a B.A. in philosophy (1974) from the University of Michigan, and a J.D. (1994) from the Yale Law School, where he taught legal research and writing as a teaching assistant in 1993-94 and served as an editor of both the Yale Law Journal and the Yale Journal of International Law.
University of San Francisco School of Law
Alice Kaswan is a Professor at the University of San Francisco School of Law, and a member of the board of directors of the Center for Progressive Reform.
Professor Kaswan received her J.D., cum laude, from Harvard Law School, and a B.S., with highest honors, in Conservation and Resource Studies from the University of California, Berkeley. After law school, she clerked for the Hon. Marie L. Garibaldi on the New Jersey Supreme Court. She then practiced land use and environmental law with Berle, Kass, & Case, a boutique environmental and land use law firm in New York City, and environmental law with Morgan, Lewis, & Bockius’ New York City office. She taught at Catholic University School of Law from 1995 until 1999, and joined the USF faculty in 1999. At USF, she teaches Environmental Law, Administrative Law, International Environmental Law, and Property.
Professor Kaswan’s recent scholarship has focused on the federalism and environmental justice implications of domestic climate change policy. Earlier work explored theories of environmental justice and the relationship between environmental laws and the pursuit of environmental justice.
University of Minnesota Law School
Alexandra Klass is a Distinguished McKnight University Professor at the University of Minnesota Law School.
Professor Klass teaches and writes in the areas of energy law, natural resources law, environmental law, tort law, and property law. Her recent scholarly work, published in many of the nation’s leading law journals, addresses regulatory challenges to integrating more renewable energy into the nation’s electric transmission grid, siting and eminent domain issues surrounding interstate electric transmission lines and oil and gas pipelines, and applications of the public trust doctrine to modern environmental law challenges.
She is a co-author of Energy Law and Policy (West Academic Publishing 2015) (with Davies, Osofsky, Tomain, and Wilson), The Practice and Policy of Environmental Law (Foundation Press, 4th ed. 2017) (with Ruhl, Salzman, and Nagle), Energy Law: Concepts and Insights (Foundation Press 2017) (with Hannah Wiseman), and Natural Resources Law: A Place-Based Book of Problems and Cases (Aspen, 4th ed. 2018) (with Klein, Cheever, Birdsong, and Biber). Prior to her teaching career, Professor Klass was a partner at Dorsey & Whitney LLP in Minneapolis, where she specialized in environmental law and land use litigation. She received her B.A. from the University of Michigan and her J.D. from the University of Wisconsin Law School.
She was a law clerk to the Honorable Barbara B. Crabb, U.S. District Court for the Western District of Wisconsin. She is a Fellow and Faculty Leadership Council member at the University of Minnesota’s Institute on the Environment. She served as Associate Dean for Academic Affairs at the University of Minnesota Law School from 2010-2012. She was a Visiting Professor at Harvard Law School in 2015.
University of Florida Levin College of Law
Christine A. Klein is the Cone, Wagner, Nugent, Hazouri & Roth Professor, University Term Professor, and Director, LL.M. Program in Environmental & Land Use Law at the University of Florida, Levin College of Law, Gainesville.
Professor Klein has taught Environmental Law, Land Use Law, Natural Resources Law, Property, Water Law, and Wetlands Law. In addition, she is the coordinator of the Environmental Capstone Colloquium, a course required of all students in the Environmental and Land Use Law Certificate Program.
During her early years of legal practice, Professor Klein worked as legal counsel for Colorado's instream flow program. She has continued to write on the topic of water law and stream protection, and her work has been cited in support of the legality of instream flows by the states of Arizona, New Mexico, and Montana. Her subsequent moves to Michigan and Florida have allowed her to develop a national perspective on state water law regimes. She lectures widely on the topic, providing public education and professional training for organizations such as the U.S. Forest Service, the American Water Works Association, the Conference of Appellate Staff Attorneys, the Askew Institute (Florida), Women for Wise Growth (Florida), the Institute for Trade in the Americas (Michigan State University), the Institute for Public Policy and Social Research (Michigan State University), the Michigan Department of Environmental Quality, and the Michigan Environmental Health Association.
Professor Klein began her legal career as a law clerk to Judge Richard P. Matsch, District of Colorado. She then worked in the Office of the Colorado Attorney General, Natural Resources Section, where she specialized in water rights litigation and instream flow protection. After obtaining her LL.M. degree in law from Columbia University, she taught for eight years at Michigan State University College of Law, where she served as chair of the law college's program in Environmental and Natural Resources Law. She has also worked as a visiting professor at the University of Denver College of Law and as a Visiting Fellow at the University of Colorado School of Law (Natural Resources Law Center). She joined the faculty of the University of Florida in 2003.
Professor Klein's scholarship focuses on topics at the intersection of natural resources law and other legal disciplines including constitutional law, property law, and land use law. She also writes broadly in the area of water law.
University of Colorado
Sarah Krakoff is the Moses Lasky Professor of Law at the University of Colorado, Boulder.
Krakoff's areas of expertise include American Indian law, natural resources and public land law, and environmental justice. She is the co-author of American Indian Law: Cases and Commentary (with Bob Anderson and Bethany Berger), and co-editor of Tribes, Land, and Environment (with Ezra Rosser.) Her articles appear in the Stanford Law Review, California Law Review, and Harvard Environmental Law Review, among other journals. She also runs the Law School's Acequia Project, which provides free legal services to low-income farmers in the San Luis Valley of Colorado.
Professor Krakoff has authored amicus briefs in the 6th, 7th, 9th, and 10th Circuits, as well as the Supreme Court of the United States. Before joining the Colorado Law tenure-track faculty, Professor Krakoff directed CU's American Indian Law Clinic and secured permanent University funding to ensure the Clinic's future. Professor Krakoff started her legal career at DNA-Peoples Legal Services on the Navajo Nation, where she initiated DNA's Youth Law Project with an Equal Justice Works fellowship. She received her BA from Yale and her JD from the University of California, Berkeley, and clerked for Judge Warren J. Ferguson on the 9th Circuit Court of Appeals.
Yale Law School
Douglas A. Kysar is Deputy Dean and Joseph M. Field ’55 Professor of Law at Yale University Law School.
Professor Kysar's scholarship covers two primary subject areas, product liability and environmental law, and is characterized by a strong interdisciplinary approach that fuses conventional legal economic analysis with insights from a range of other relevant disciplines including cognitive and social psychology, ecology, and philosophy.
Prior to joining the Yale Law School faculty, Professor Kysar taught at Cornell Law School. He served as a judicial clerk for the Honorable William G. Young of the United States District Court for the District of Massachusetts. From 2000 to 2001, he practiced corporate law with Foley Hoag LLP. Since joining academia, Professor Kysar has consulted on litigation matters involving toxic torts and professional responsibility. He has been a visiting faculty member at Harvard, Yale, New York University, and UCLA Law Schools, a visiting scholar at the Universitat Pompeu Fabra in Barcelona, Spain and at the London School of Economics, and a Distinguished Environmental Law Lecturer at the Florida State University College of Law.
Professor Kysar has published works in the Harvard Law Review, the Columbia Law Review, the New York University Law Review, the Northwestern University Law Review, the Cornell Law Review, the Minnesota Law Review, Ecology Law Quarterly, and the Boston College Law Review. These articles cover a range of topics relevant to the regulation of environmental, health, and safety risks, including consumer risk perception, corporate advertising and marketing practices, economic modeling of the environment, and the uses and abuses of scientific information in environmental policy debates. In addition to these works, Professor Kysar has published several chapters in edited volumes, including one analyzing the implications of cognitive and social psychology for the understanding and regulation of tobacco products and one exploring the possibilities and limitations of neoclassical economics as a model for legal analysis. His book, Regulating from Nowhere: Environmental Law and the Search for Objectivity, examines certain underappreciated moral and political assumptions that underlay invocation of cost-benefit analysis and the precautionary principle within intergenerational policymaking cotexts. He is a co-author of textbooks in environmental law, tort law, and products liability law.
Professor Kysar graduated magna cum laude in 1998 from Harvard Law School, where he received the Sears Prize and was a member of the Board of Student Advisors.
University of California, Irvine School of Law
Stephen Lee is a Professor of Law and the Associate Dean for Faculty Research and Development at the University of California at Irvine School of Law.
Professor Lee writes at the intersection of administrative law and immigration law. He is particularly interested in how enforcement realities constrain immigration law and policy across a variety of contexts and institutions, especially the workplace, the criminal justice system, and the food industry.
Recent projects have examined the use of and justification for information disclosure laws that advance labor enforcement goals, the purpose and function of the deferred action for childhood arrivals program, the structural implications of prosecutorial gatekeeping in state courts, and the pathologies associated with regulating employers for immigration and labor law violations. His work has been published in the Washington University Law Review, Michigan Law Review, Harvard Law Review, California Law Review, University of Chicago Law Review, Stanford Law Review, Arizona Law Review, and other legal and scholarly publications.
Professor Lee received his B.A. from Stanford University, his M.A. from UCLA, and his J.D. from UC Berkeley School of Law. A former Fulbright Fellow, Professor Lee began his legal career at Skadden, Arps, in the Mass Torts and Insurance Litigation Group. After that, he clerked for Judge Mary Schroeder on the Ninth Circuit U.S. Court of Appeals, and then completed a fellowship at Stanford Law School before joining the UCI Law faculty.
American University Washington College of Law
Amanda Cohen Leiter is Professor of Law and the Director of the Program on Environmental and Energy Law at American University Washington College of Law.
Professor Leiter teaches environmental law, administrative law, and torts, and her research interests include administrative law and process, and domestic environmental law and policy. From August 2015 to January 2017, Leiter served as a Deputy Assistant Secretary for Land and Minerals at the U.S. Department of the Interior, advancing Department priorities related to oil and gas and renewable energy development on public lands both on- and offshore. Before joining the Washington College of Law faculty in the fall of 2011, Professor Leiter was an associate professor at Catholic University’s Columbus School of Law. Prior to that, she was a Beagle/HLS fellow at the Natural Resources Defense Council, where she developed and pursued federal appeals court challenges to EPA rules governing industrial air pollution.
Professor Leiter clerked for Judge Nancy Gertner of the Federal District Court for the District of Massachusetts; for Judge David Tatel of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the D.C. Circuit; and for Supreme Court Justice John Paul Stevens. She is admitted to practice before the District of Columbia, the States of Colorado and Massachusetts, and the U.S. Supreme Court.
St. John's University School of Law
Mary L. Lyndon is a Professor of Law at St. John's University School of Law.
Professor Lyndon's areas of interest include science, economics and the law, and their influence on regulation and liability. Her scholarship has concentrated on the interplay of law and the economics of information and innovation and the ways these dynamics shape social learning about technology. Professor Lyndon teaches Environmental Law, International Environmental Law, Torts and Toxic Torts.
In 1979 Professor Lyndon became an Assistant Attorney General for the State of New York. In that capacity she headed a group of attorneys working on acid rain toxic air pollution, and a wide range of other environmental problems. She litigated at all levels of the state and federal courts, and presented testimony before state and federal legislative committees on behalf of New York and the National Association of the Attorneys General. In 1985-86 she was the Silver Fellow in Law, Science and Technology at Columbia University and she joined the law faculty at St. John's in 1986. Professor Lyndon received a J.D. from Northeastern University in 1974 and the J.S.D. degree from Columbia University in 1995.
Professor Lyndon practiced communications law from 1974 until 1979. First, as General Counsel to the New Jersey Coalition for Fair Broadcasting, she conducted litigation before the Federal Communications Commission, challenging the VHF TV channel allocations for the Northeast; she also developed a federal legislative initiative to move a channel allocation to New Jersey and negotiated agreements on coverage of New Jersey by New York and Philadelphia broadcasters. Later she was corporate counsel to New Jersey Bell Telephone Company and AT&T. She represented the operating company in rate cases before the state utility commission; in the federal antitrust challenge to the structure of the Bell System, she worked on AT&T's defense to the charge of predatory innovation in the development of the long distance microwave system.
During law school Professor Lyndon worked at the Citizen's Communications Center and the National Lawyers' Committee for Civil Rights Under Law, both in Washington, D.C. Before law school she worked as a program officer in the Courts Division of the Law Enforcement Assistance Administration, USDOJ, and on the program evaluation staff of the Secretary for Health, Education and Welfare. Professor Lyndon is admitted to practice in New York, New Jersey, and the District of Columbia and is an active member of the Environmental Law Section, New York State Bar Association. She is also a member of the Association of the Bar of the City of New York, the ABA, the AALS, the AALS, and Law and Society.
Professor Lyndon's law review articles include: “Secrecy and Access in an Innovation Intensive Economy: Reordering Information Privileges in Environmental, Health, and safety Law”, 78 U. Colo. L. Rev. 465 (2007), ;; "Tort Law, Preemption and Risk Management," 2 Widener L. Symp. J. 69 St. John's L. Rev. 191 (1996); “Tort Law and Technology”, 12 Yale J. on Reg. 137 (1995), "Secrecy and Innovation in Tort Law and Regulation," 23 N.M. L. Rev. 1 (1993);), "Information Economics and Chemical Toxicity: Designing Laws to Produce and Use Data," 87 Mich. L. Rev. 401 (1989), "Risk Assessment, Risk Communication and Legitimacy: Introduction to the Symposium on Health Risk Assessment," 14 Col. J. Env. L. 289 (1989). She also has contributed chapters to two books: "Characterizing the Regulatory and Judicial Setting," in Tools to Aid Environmental Decision Making, ed. V. Dale and M. English (Springer 1999) and "Dialogue in Environmental Politics: Toward an Ethic of Curiosity," in Moral Imperialism: A Critical Anthology, ed. B. Hernandez (2002 NYU Press).
University at Buffalo (SUNY) School of Law
Martha T. McCluskey is a Professor and William J. Magavern Faculty Scholar at the University at Buffalo School of Law, State University of New York, in Buffalo, New York.
Professor McCluskey's teaching has included courses on constitutional law, torts, insurance, regulation, economic inequality, and the relationships between work and family. She earned a J.D. from Yale Law School and a J.S.D. with distinction from Columbia Law School. She has been a visiting professor at the University of Connecticut School of Law. Before entering academia she was an attorney for the Maine Public Advocate Office, focusing on the regulation of workers’ compensation insurance and public utilities.
Professor McCluskey’s scholarship focuses on the relationship between economics and inequality in law. She has written extensively on how economic ideas and economic influences have shaped social welfare programs, regulatory policy, and contemporary legal theory. She is working on a book project titled A Field Guide to Law, Economics and Justice. Earlier publications include a major study of workers’ compensation reform laws, several articles analyzing workers’ compensation insurance regulation, and a number of articles on welfare policy and social citizenship.
Much of her work explores the connections between economics and feminist legal theory, focusing especially on the impact of economic ideology on gender equity. This work has included analysis of the legal treatment of work and family caretaking in a range of policy arenas, including welfare reform, social insurance, international trade and development policy, and income tax law. As a participant in events sponsored by Emory University’s project on Vulnerability and the Human Condition, she is part of an interdisciplinary effort to re-examine the classic liberal ideal of individual autonomy as a foundational principle of law and policy, and to shift the focus to human interdependence and to questions of power and privilege in distributing institutional support for human vulnerabilities. She is the co-editor, with Emory University Professor Martha A. Fineman, of Feminism, Media, and the Law (Oxford University Press, 1997).
Another strand of her work applies her focus on equality and economics to disability law, including both benefit systems such as workers’ compensation and antidiscrimination doctrine. This work examines how disability fits within but also reshapes theories of equality based on race, gender, sexuality, and economic class.
Professor McCluskey’s writing has also examined economic inequality in constitutional law, not just as a question of equal protection but in ideas about due process. Finally, she has written several articles on the contemporary influence of economic politics and ideologically-driven funding on legal theory and scholarship.
In addition to her writing, she is a co-organizer of the ClassCrits project, which brings together scholars in law, economics, and other disciplines to develop a critical legal analysis of economic inequality through workshops, conference panels, scholarly publications, and a blog, at www.classcrits.org. She is also a member of the Society of American Law Teachers, the American Constitution Society, the National Lawyers Guild, and a frequent participant in the LatCrit scholarly community.
The University of Texas School of Law
Thomas O. McGarity holds the Joe R. and Teresa Lozano Long Endowed Chair in Administrative Law at the University of Texas in Austin. He is a member of the board of directors of the Center for Progressive Reform, and a past president of the organization.
Professor McGarity has taught and written in the areas of Administrative Law, Environmental Law, Occupational Safety and Health Law, Food Safety Law, Science and the Law, and Torts for twenty-five years.
While in academia, McGarity has served as a consultant and/or advisor to the Administrative Conference of the United States, the Office of Technology Assessment of the U.S. Congress (OTA), the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, the U.S. Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA), the Texas Department of Agriculture, and the Texas Natural Resource Conservation Commission. With Professor Sidney A. Shapiro, Professor McGarity designed and helped initiate a rulemaking prioritization process for OSHA rulemaking during the early 1990s. As a consultant to OTA, Professor McGarity helped write the "Regulatory Tools" report that agencies have frequently cited in designing regulatory programs. As a consultant to the Texas Department of Agriculture, McGarity was a primary draftsperson of that agency's first farmworker protection regulations in the late 1980s. During the mid-1990s, he was also actively involved in the drafting of and negotiations surrounding the federal Food Quality Protection Act.
Professor McGarity began his legal career in the Office of General Counsel of the Environmental Protection Agency. In the private sector, Professor McGarity has served as counsel or consultant in various legal and administrative proceedings to the Natural Resources Defense Council, Public Citizen, the Sierra Club, the American Lung Association, the National Audubon Society, Texas Rural Legal Aid, California Rural Legal Aid, and many local organizations, including, for example, The Bear Creek Citizens for the Best Environment Ever. McGarity has also served on many advisory committees for such entities as the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, the Office of Technology Assessment, and the National Academy of Sciences.
Professor McGarity has published widely in the areas of regulatory law and policy. His book Reinventing Rationality analyzes the advantages and disadvantages of cost-benefit analysis in regulatory decision-making and describes the use of such regulatory impact assessments by federal agencies and the Office of Management and Budget during the Reagan Administration. Workers at Risk, co-authored with Sidney A. Shapiro, describes rulemaking, implementation and enforcement in the Occupational Safety and Health Administration from its inception in 1970 through 1990. The book then analyzes OSHA's strengths and weaknesses and makes many recommendations for improving standard-setting and enforcement. McGarity's casebook, The Law of Environmental Protection, co-authored with John Bonine, has been used in introductory Environmental Law courses at law schools throughout the country. His relatively recent books include The Preemption War: When Federal Bureaucracies Trump Local Juries, Yale University Press 2008, and Bending Science: How Special Interest Corrupt Public Health Research, Harvard University Press 2008, co-authored with fellow CPR Member Scholar Wendy Wagner.
Professor McGarity has published dozens of articles on environmental law, administrative law, and toxic torts in prominent law reviews, such as the Harvard Law Review, Chicago Law Review, Pennsylvania Law Review and Law & Contemporary Problems, as well as in specialty journals, such as the Administrative Law Review, the Harvard Environmental Law Review, Risk, and the Kansas Journal of Law & Public Policy, and consumer magazines like the American Prospect and the Hastings Center Report. McGarity has written on federal regulation of biotechnology since the advent of the commercialization of recombinant DNA techniques, and his article in the Duke Law Journal on the "ossification" of the federal rulemaking process, which elaborates on the dangers of encumbering the process of promulgating health and environmental rules with burdensome analytical requirements and review procedures, is frequently cited in the recurrent "regulatory reform" debates.
Professor McGarity has been an active participant in efforts to improve health, safety and environmental quality in the United States. He has testified before many congressional committees on environmental, administrative law, preemption of state tort laws in cases involving medical devices, and occupational safety and health issues. During the first session of the 104th Congress (the "Gingrich" Congress), Professor McGarity was frequently the lone representative of the view that federal regulation had an important role to play in protecting public health and the environment on panels testifying before House and Senate Committee considering "regulatory reform" legislation. Professor McGarity has also participated in path-breaking legal challenges to government inaction like Environmental Defense Fund v. Blum (a challenge to EPA's decision to allow further use of the carcinogenic pesticide mirex through emergency use exemptions) and Les v. Reilly (a challenge to EPA's failure to establish protective tolerances for eight carcinogenic pesticides). As a result of the latter litigation, the pesticide industry was forced to accept the greater protections afforded children in the Food Quality Protection Act of 1996.
University of Michigan Law School
Nina Mendelson serves as the Joseph L. Sax Collegiate Professor of Law at the University of Michigan Law School.
Area of Professor Mendelson teaches environmental and administrative law, as well as legislation and statutory interpretation. Her scholarship focuses on administrative process, especially in the environmental regulatory setting.
Prior to teaching, Professor Mendelson served for several years as an attorney in the Department of Justice Environment & Natural Resources Division, litigating and negotiating environmental legislative issues. Professor Mendelson also practiced environmental law with a private firm in Seattle, where she did extensive pro bono litigation, including on behalf of community and environmental groups. She was a law clerk to Judges Pierre Leval and John Walker, Jr., now both of the United States Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit.
Her recent publications include: “Six Simple Steps to Increase Contractor Accountability,” in Government by Contract: Outsourcing and American Democracy, Harvard University Press, 2009; “Preemption and Theories of Federalism,” in Preemption Choice: The Theory, Law, and Reality of Federalism’s Core Question, with Robert R.M. Verchick; Quick Off the Mark? In Favor of Empowering the President- Elect, 103 Nw. U. L. Rev. Colloquy 464 (2009); A Presumption Against Agency Preemption, 102 Nw. U. L. Rev 695 (2008); among many others.
Professor Mendelson graduated summa cum laude from Harvard College and received her JD from the Yale Law School, where she was articles editor of the Law Journal.
Columbia Law School
Gillian Metzger is the Stanley H. Fuld Professor of Law and Vice Dean at Columbia Law School in New York City.
Professor Metzger writes and teaches in the areas of administrative and constitutional law, with a specialization in federalism.
Her publications include: with Peter L. Strauss, Todd D. Rakoff, and Cynthia R. Farina, Gellhorn and Byse's Administrative Law: Cases and Comments (Foundation Press; joined as editor 2007); Ordinary Administrative Law as Constitutional Common Law, 110 Colum. L. Rev. 479 (2010); Administrative Law as the New Federalism, 57 Duke L. J. 2023 (2008); Congress, Article IV, and Interstate Relations, 120 Harv. L. Rev. 1468 (2007),; Abortion, Equality, and Administrative Regulation, 56 Emory L.J. 865 (2007); Facial Challenges and Federalism, 105 Colum. L. Rev. 873 (2005), and Privatization As Delegation, 103 Colum. L. Rev. 1367 (2003). Professor Metzger joined the Columbia faculty in 2001, she was named the Stanley H. Fuld Professor of Law on Oct. 1, 2011. Prior to coming to Columbia, Professor Metzger served as a law clerk to Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg of the U.S. Supreme Court and Judge Patricia M. Wald of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit.
Nova Southeastern University Shepard Broad College of Law
Joel A. Mintz is a Professor Emeritus of Law and C. William Trout Senior Fellow in Public Interest Law at Nova Southeastern University Law Center in Fort Lauderdale, Florida.
For more than 30 years, Professor Mintz has taught a variety of substantive and clinical environmental law courses, including offerings on the federal law of pollution control, comparative environmental law, environmental aspects of land use planning, and other subjects. He has written extensively on environmental enforcement, the Superfund program, growth management, sustainable development, and certain international environmental agreements.
Professor Mintz co-founded Nova Southeastern Law Center's in-house Environmental and Land Use Law Clinic, which provides representation to environmental citizens groups and neighborhood organizations in matters that concern implementation of the Florida Growth Management Act and protection of the Everglades and the Florida Keys. He has testified as a legal expert witness in judicial and administrative proceedings, and has given numerous presentations on environmental topics at gatherings of professional and trade associations and on radio and television public affairs broadcasts.
Professor Mintz serves on the board of directors of the Everglades Law Center, Inc., a not-for-profit environmental public interest law firm based in South Florida. He chairs that firm's Litigation Screening Committee.
Mintz is an elected member of the Environmental Law Commission of the International Union for the Conservation of Nature and of the International Council on Environmental Law, and he is a member of the Environmental Law Institute, the American Society of Writers on Legal Subjects, and other professional, environmental, bar and civic organizations. He is a member of the executive committee of the Section on State and Local Government Law of the Association of American Law Schools, whose Section newsletter he has edited annually since 1991. He has also served on the Committee on Source Removal of Contaminants in the Subsurface of the National Academy of Sciences/National Research Council.
In the early and mid-1970's, on a pro-bono basis, Professor Mintz lobbied successfully for the passage of the federal Surface Mining Control and Reclamation Act. In recognition of those voluntary efforts, President Carter invited him to attend the White House ceremony at which that statute was formally signed into law.
Prior to becoming a professor at Nova Southeastern, Professor Mintz worked for six years as an enforcement attorney and supervisory attorney with the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency in Chicago and Washington, D.C. He handled or supervised numerous complex cases involving air, water, and hazardous waste/groundwater pollution from such varied industries as iron and steel, electric utilities, petroleum, pulp and paper, portland cement, and rubber manufacturing. Mintz was the lead attorney on the first EPA criminal contempt case brought in a U.S. District Court to redress a knowing violation of a signed Consent Decree; and he served as a Special Assistant U.S. Attorney in the Eastern District of Wisconsin with respect to a precedent-setting Grand Jury investigation into criminal violations of the Clean Water Act. In recognition of his EPA enforcement work, he received EPA's Special Service Award as well as its Bronze Medal for Commendable Service.
Professor Mintz also worked (more briefly) as a law clerk with both the Natural Resources Defense Council and the Public Education Association, and as an editor for West Publishing Company (now West Group, Inc.) in New York.
Professor Mintz has published extensively in the fields of environmental law and state and local taxation and finance. He authored a critically acclaimed history of EPA's enforcement programs, Enforcement at the EPA: High Stakes and Hard Choices (University of Texas Press, 1995), and a well received treatise on the potential liabilities of subnational governments under federal environmental laws, State and Local Government Environmental Liability (West Group, Inc., 1994), which he has updated on an annual basis.Mintz also co-authored an introductory casebook on environmental law (published in 2000 by Lexis-Nexis, Inc.), Environmental Enforcement: Cases and Materials, (with CPR Member Scholar Clifford Rechtschaffen and Robert Kuehn, Carolina Academic Press, 2007), and State and Local Taxation and Finance in a Nutshell, 3rd Edition (with Gelfand and Salsich, West Group, Inc., 2007).
In addition, Professor Mintz has written several book chapters and contributions, and he is the author of numerous law review articles that have appeared in journals published at Harvard, Yale, Virginia, Georgetown, Columbia and other well known law schools. His journal articles have repeatedly been considered to be among the 30 best articles of the year in the environmental law field by peer reviewers.
Professor Mintz has consulted, on an informal basis, with officials of the EPA with regard to environmental issues and policy matters. He has peer reviewed the written work of other academics in several disciplines. His name appears on a list, compiled by the U.S. Department of State, of potential speakers at U.S. embassies and consulates with respect to environmental issues.
Texas Tech University School of Law
Richard "Chip" Murphy is the AT&T Professor of Law at Texas Tech University School of Law.
After graduating from law school, Professor Murphy clerked for the Honorable Stephen S. Trott of the United States Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit. He then returned to Minneapolis, where he worked as a litigation associate at the firm of Dorsey & Whitney. In 2000, he leaped across the Mississippi River to St. Paul to begin teaching at William Mitchell College of Law. He has also taught as a visiting professor at the law schools of University of Idaho, Seton Hall, and Lewis & Clark.
The primary focus of Murphy's scholarly writing has been administrative law. He is a co-editor of an administrative law casebook and also a member of the Governing Council of the ABA's Administrative Law and Regulatory Practice Section.
Northwest Indian Fisheries Commission
Catherine A. O'Neill is a Habitat Policy Analyst for the Northwest Indian Fisheries Commission and a former Professor of Law at Seattle University School of Law. She is a former member of the board of directors of the Center for Progressive Reform.
Professor O'Neill has taught, lectured, and written in the areas of environmental justice, environmental law, natural resources law, and property. Her work considers questions of risk and justice in environmental policy, focusing in particular on issues of environmental justice for Native peoples.
Professor O'Neill has worked on issues of environmental justice with various tribes, advisory committees, and grassroots environmental justice groups. Professor O'Neill was recently a member of the technical advisory board for the Swinomish Indian Tribal Community's four-year study, "Bioaccumulative Toxics in Native Shellfish." Professor O'Neill served as consultant to the Forest County Potawatomi Community on environmental justice issues raised by a proposed mine in nearby Crandon, Wisconsin. In the fall of 2002, the tribe successfully concluded its decades-long efforts by purchasing, together with the Sokaogon/Mole Lake Band of Chippewa , the land including the proposed mine and withdrawing the permit application. Professor O'Neill worked extensively with the Fish Consumption Workgroup of the National Environmental Justice Advisory Council, first as a member of and then as consultant to the Workgroup. The Workgroup's investigation and deliberation over the course of two years culminated in the publication of a major report, Fish Consumption and Environmental Justice, which was transmitted along with recommendations to the Environmental Protection Agency in 2002. While on the faculty at the University of Arizona, Professor O'Neill worked with Tucson's Environmental Justice Action Group, assisting the group on environmental justice issues raised by an air quality permit for beryllium and other emissions and a cleanup of TCE contamination.
Following her graduation from law school at the University of Chicago, Professor O'Neill was named a Ford Foundation Graduate Fellow in Public International Law at Harvard Law School. As a fellow, Professor O'Neill studied issues of international environment and development policy. She then worked for the Washington State Department of Ecology as an Air Quality Planner and Air Toxics Coordinator. Her work there included researching the applicability of market-based approaches to air toxics regulation. Prior to joining the faculty at Seattle University, Professor O'Neill taught at the University of Washington and the University of Arizona.
Professor O'Neill has published numerous articles in the areas of environmental justice and environmental policy. These articles have been excerpted in casebooks, anthologies, and other collections on a diverse array of topics including environmental risk, economics and equity, environmental justice, Indian Law, and International Law. Professor O’Neill’s work has twice been selected by her peers for recognition in the Land Use and Environmental Law Review’s ten best articles of the year: for an article on debt-for-nature swaps, co-authored with Cass R. Sunstein, and, most recently, for an article on risk avoidance, entitled No Mud Pies: Risk Avoidance as Risk Regulation. She also co-authored a chapter entitled, “The Mathematics of Mercury,” in Reforming Regulatory Impact Analysis, Resources for the Future Press, 2009, and her experience with mercury-emitting chlor-alkili plants led to her testifying before the U.S. House Energy and Commerce Committee’s Subcommittee on Commerce, Trade and Consumer Protection in 2009.
Professor O'Neill has served on the board of the Washington Wilderness Coalition and has served as a peer reviewer for various journals, including Environmental Management, and Risk Analysis.
University of Kansas School of Law
Uma Outka is a Professor of Law at the University of Kansas School of Law.
Professor Outka joined the KU Law faculty in 2011. Her research and scholarship explore the intersection between energy law and environmental law, with a focus on the transition to a low-carbon electricity sector and environmental justice.
Before coming to KU Law, Outka spent two years as a Visiting Scholar in Energy and Land Use Law at the Florida State University College of Law. She previously served as General Counsel for 1000 Friends of Florida, a nonprofit advocacy organization focused on growth management, environmental conservation, and affordable housing, and worked as a litigation attorney in private practice with the law firm Verrill Dana in Portland, Maine. Outka serves on the Board of the Kansas-based Climate + Energy Project, a non-partisan 501(c)3 working to find practical solutions for a clean energy future. She is a summa cum laude graduate of the University of Maine School of Law and holds a master's in public policy and administration from the Muskie School of Public Service.
University of California Hastings College of Law
Dave Owen is a Professor of Law at the University of California Hastings College of the Law.
Professor Owen teaches courses in environmental, natural resources, water, and administrative law. He graduated from the University of California, Berkeley School of Law and from Amherst College.
Prior to entering academia, Professor Owen practiced with Rossmann and Moore, a small San Francisco firm that specializes in complex water resource and land use litigation. His practice included work on major water allocation disputes involving the Sacramento/San Joaquin Bay-Delta and the Colorado River as well as the siting controversies surrounding the proposed Yucca Mountain nuclear waste repository. He clerked for Judge Samuel Conti of the United States District Court for the Northern District of California. Before law school, he worked as a geologist and regulatory compliance auditor for an environmental consulting firm.
Professor Owen’s research addresses a variety of environmental law subjects, including water resource management, administrative implementation of environmental law, and the use of simulation models in environmental law and planning. His recent articles include Trading Dams, 48 U.C. Davis L. Rev. 1043 (2015); Interdisciplinary Research and Environmental Law, 41 Ecology L.Q. 887 (2015); Taking Groundwater, 91 Wash. U. L. Rev. 253 (2014); Mapping, Modeling, and the Fragmentation of Environmental Law, 2013 Utah L. Rev. 219 (to be reprinted in 42 Land Use & Envtl. L. Rev. (2015) as one of the top six environmental law articles of 2013-14.) (; Critical Habitat and the Challenge of Regulating Small Harms, 64 Florida L. Rev. 141 (2012) (selected for reprinting in the Environmental Law Policy Annual Review); The Mono Lake Case, the Public Trust Doctrine, and the Administrative State, 45 U.C. Davis. L. Rev. 1099 (2012), Urbanization, Water Quality, and the Regulated Landscape, 82 Colorado L. Rev. 431 (2011), and Probabilities, Planning Failures, and Environmental Law, 84 Tulane L. Rev. 265 (2009) (reprinted in 42 Land Use & Envtl. L. Rev. (2011) as one of the top five environmental law articles of 2009-10.)
The George Washington University Law School
Richard J. Pierce Jr. is Lyle T. Alverson Professor of Law at The George Washington University Lawa School.
Professor Pierce has written more than 20 books and 125 scholarly articles about administrative law and government regulation. His books and articles have been cited in numerous court opinions, including more than a dozen opinions of the U.S. Supreme Court. He has testified several times before Congress on regulatory issues and on Social Security disability decision-making. He has also testified as an expert on energy markets in scores of agency court proceedings.
Professor Pierce has served both as a member and as a consultant to the Administrative Conference of America. He has also served as a consultant to the World Bank, the Organization of Economic and Co-Operating Development, the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission, and the Agency for International Development. He has provided courses on various subjects to judges and legislators from many countries, including Russia, Cambodia, Ukraine, Czech Republic, Slovakia, Hungary, Romania, and Albania. He serves as a member of the editorial board of Utilities Review, a UK journal on regulatory issues in Europe
Before he began law teaching, Professor Pierce worked in the finance department of General Electric and practiced law with a Washington, D.C. firm. He also served in the U.S. Coast Guard.
Lewis & Clark Law School
Melissa Powers is the Jeffrey Bain Faculty Scholar and Professor of Law and the Director of the Green Energy Institute at Lewis & Clark Law School.
Powers teaches energy law, climate change law, the Clean Air Act, torts, and administrative law. Her research interests include energy law (with a specific focus on laws designed to promote renewable energy), domestic policies aimed at mitigating climate change, and U.S. pollution control laws. She is also interested in comparative law study in each of these areas.
Powers is a co-chair of the Research Committee of the IUCN Academy of Environmental Law, an international organization dedicated to increasing collaboration between environmental law scholars around the globe and in expanding the capacity of environmental law teaching and research in developing countries. Melissa has also taught as a visiting professor at several schools, including the University of Trento, Italy, in 2008, 2011 and 2012, the University of Navarra, Spain, in 2011, and the University of Maine School of Law in 2007.
She began her legal career as an attorney at public interest environmental law firms doing pollution control litigation. From 2003-2008, she was a Clinical Professor at the Pacific Environmental Advocacy Center (PEAC), the environmental law clinic at Lewis & Clark.
Strategies for a Sustainable Future
Laurie Ristino is Principal and Founder of Strategies for a Sustainable Future and a visiting scholar at The George Washington University Law School. She is serving as Acting Co-Executive Director of the Center for Progressive Reform, while the organization pursues a nationwide search for its next executive director.
Ristino is a legal and policy expert on food security, the farm bill conservation title, ecosystem services and private lands conservation. Her work is concerned with reforming existing law and policy and developing new policy innovations to address climate change resilience and improve sustainability. Ristino has written law review articles proposing farm bill reforms to address soil and water quality degradation. She is the co-author and editor of a comprehensive book on conservation easements, A Changing Landscape: The Conservation Reader (2016, Environmental Law Institute).
Ristino began her career as an attorney during the George H.W. Bush administration. One of her most vivid memories is watching the Anita Hill-Clarence Thomas hearings in the USDA General Counsel’s Office, situated on the nation’s Mall. She continued to serve as a public servant until President Obama’s second term both as a senior counsel and in various administrative leadership roles. Following federal service, Ristino served as the inaugural director of the Center for Agriculture and Food Systems at Vermont Law School and an associate professor of law. Currently, she is a lecturer at The Johns Hopkins University, and the founder and principal of the consultancy Strategies for a Sustainable Future.
Ristino has served in various leadership roles, including editor and columnist for the American Bar Association’s Natural Resources and Environment magazine; Vice Chair of the Government and Private Sector Innovation Committee, American Bar Association; Section Leader, Section of Food and Agriculture Law, American Association of Law Schools; and Steering Committee, University of Vermont Food Systems. She is a member of the Pennsylvania bar, associate member of the Environmental Law Institute, and a member of the federal Senior Executive Service.
University of Washington School of Law, Seattle
William Rodgers is the Stimson Bullitt Professor of Law Professor of Environmental Law at the University of Washington School of Law, Seattle.
Professor Rodgers began teaching at the UW School of Law in 1967, spent seven years at Georgetown University Law School, and returned to the University of Washington in 1979. Rodgers specializes in natural resource law and is recognized as a founder of environmental law. He teaches Environmental Law, and Oceans and Coastal Law. Rodgers is actively involved in the University's Environmental Law and Litigation course, as well as the Berman Environmental Law Clinic.
Rodgers has produced the first volume of his two-volume treatise entitled Environmental Law in Indian Country (Thomson West 2005) and co-authored The Si'lailo Way: Salmon, Indians and Law on the Columbia River (Carolina Academic Press 2006). He has been actively involved in the Exxon Valdez "reopener," including publishing The Exxon Valdez Reopener: Natural Resource Damage Settlements, and Roads Not Taken, in the Alaska Law Review. He also contributed a chapter on Common Law to Creative Common Law Strategies for Protecting the Environment (2007), and has written numerous journal articles and book chapters on tribal rights, adaptive management, and endangered species protection.
The topics of his seminars have included Puget Sound, the Duwamish River, Hanford, sacred Native American sites, and forest practices. Professor Rodgers was selected as the UW recipient of the Bloedel Professorship of Law from 1987-92.
In 1999, Professor Rodgers was selected as the first UW Stimson Bullitt Professor of Environmental Law and is serving his second five-year appointment. He is admitted to the bar in New York, Washington, and the District of Columbia and has appeared in the U.S. Supreme Court on behalf of Indian tribes. Professor Rodgers recently served on the committee for Defining Best Available Sciences for Fisheries Management with The National Academies. He completed a six-year term as a member of the Board of Environmental Studies and Toxicology, National Academy of Sciences.
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Lewis and Clark Law School
Daniel Rohlf is a Professor of Law and Of Counsel, Earthrise Law Center at the Lewis & Clark Law School.
Professor Rohlf’s areas of expertise are biodiversity conservation and management; public lands management; and the intersection of law and science in environmental law.
Professor Rohlf has over 20 years of experience as a litigator, (with the past 11 years as Director of Pacific Environmental Advocacy Center at Lewis and Clark's domestic environmental law clinic), primarily in cases involving the federal Endangered Species Act.
Before entering academia, Professor Rohlf served as a Law Clerk for Justice Jay A. Rabinowitz, Alaska Supreme Court, and The Peregrine Fund to help reintroduce juvenile Peregrine Falcons into the Yellowstone ecosystem. When Professor Rohlf worked with the Center for Conservation Biology, he traveled to east Africa to consult with Ugandan officials and conduct research on Uganda's regulation of its biological resources. While working as a Legal Intern/Law Clerk at the Sierra Club Legal Defense Fund, Professor Rohlf coordinated a long term project involving conservation of grizzly bears in the Lower 48 states. At the U.S. Geological Survey, Bureau of Exploration Geochemistry, Mr. Rohlf worked as a Geologic Field Assistant and Physical Science Technician.
Among others, Professor Rohlf authored the opinion for the Court in a major Clean Water Act case, Miners' Advocacy Council v. State of Alaska, 778 P.2d 1126 (AK 1989). Professor Rohlf wrote The Endangered Species Act of 1973: a Guide to Its Protections and Implementation (Stanford Environmental Law Society, 1989), which was the Winner of 1989 National Wildlife Federation Publication Award.
Professor Rohlf has written widely in the area of the conservation and biodiversity. Some of his more recent publications include, Avoiding the ‘Bare Record’: Safeguarding Meaningful Judicial Review of Federal Agency Actions, 35 Ohio N.U. L. Rev. 575 (2009); Conserving Endangered Species in an Era of Global Warming, 38 Environmental Law Reporter 10203 (2008) (co-authored with John Kostyack), reprinted in SR021 ALI-ABA 147 (2009), Can Federal Courts Save the Environment?, Forest Magazine (Winter 2007), Lessons from the Columbia River Basin: Follow the Blueprint but Avoid the Barriers, 19 Global Business Development Law Journal 195 (2006); and Key International and U.S. Laws Governing Management and Conservation of Biodiversity, Contributed essay in Principles of Conservation Biology, Third Edition (2006).
University of Richmond School of Law
Professor Noah Sachs is Professor of Law and Director, Robert R. Merhige, Jr. Center for Environmental Studies at the University of Richmond School of Law.
Professor Sachs is a nationally known environmental law expert, whose scholarship focuses on climate change, toxic substance and hazardous waste regulation, and international environmental law. His work has appeared in the UCLA Law Review, Vanderbilt Law Review, and University of Illinois Law Review, among other venues, and his co-authored text, Regulation of Toxic Substances and Hazardous Waste, is the leading casebook on toxic substances regulation.
Professor Sachs was awarded the University of Richmond’s Distinguished Educator award in 2013, the highest recognition for teaching and scholarship on the faculty. He was also chosen as the University of Richmond’s Outstanding Faculty nominee in the rising star category to the Virginia State Council of Higher Education in 2009. Professor Sachs was awarded a Fulbright grant to conduct research in India in the spring of 2014, where he focused on emerging environmental markets in India and the challenges of implementing market-oriented environmental reforms in developing countries.
Wake Forest University School of Law
Sidney A. Shapiro holds the Fletcher Chair in Administrative Law at the Wake Forest University School of Law and is the Associate Dean for Research and Development. He is a member of the board of directors of the Center for Progressive Reform.
Professor Shapiro has taught and written in the areas of Administrative Law, Regulatory Law and Policy, Environmental Policy, and Occupational Safety and Health Law for 25 years.
While in academia, Shapiro has served as a consultant to the Administrative Conference of the United States (ACUS), the Office of Technology Assessment of the U.S. Congress (OTA), and the U.S. Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA). With Professor Thomas O. McGarity, Professor Shapiro designed and helped initiate a rulemaking prioritization process for OSHA rulemaking during the early 1990s. As a consultant to OTA, Professor Shapiro assessed various regulatory tools or options that agencies can use to implement regulation. As a consultant to ACUS, Professor Shapiro studied the efficacy of the regulatory process at EPA (noise control), OSHA, and the Food and Drug Administration (FDA).
Professor Shapiro began his legal career as a trial attorney in the Bureau of Competition of the Federal Trade Commission and later worked as the Deputy Legal Counsel, Secretary's Review Panel on New Drug Regulation at the Department of Health, Education and Welfare.
Professor Shapiro has published widely in the areas of regulatory law and policy. He co-authored The People’s Agents and the Battle to Protect the American Public: Special Interests, Government, and Threats to Health, Safety, and the Environment, with CPR President, Rena Steinzor. This book reviewed years of government actions and inactions leading to the decline of the five protector agencies. His book, Risk Regulation at Risk: Restoring a Pragmatic Approach, analyzes health and safety and environmental protection laws and policy, and argues for a pragmatic approach to policy in these areas instead of using economic analysis to set regulatory goals. Workers at Risk, co-authored with Thomas O. McGarity, describes rulemaking, implementation and enforcement in the Occupational Safety and Health Administration from its inception in 1970 through 1990. The book analyzes OSHA's strengths and weaknesses and makes many recommendations for improving standard-setting and enforcement. Shapiro's casebook, Administrative Law and Procedure: A Problem Approach, co-authored with William Funk and Russell Weaver, is used in administrative law courses at law schools throughout the country. His casebook, Regulatory Policy and Law, is the first of its kind, and is used to train lawyers to evaluate and advocate for public policy.
Professor Shapiro has published dozens of articles on regulatory policy, health and safety laws, environmental law and administrative law in prominent law reviews, such as the Harvard Law Review, Duke Law Journal and the Wake Forest Law Review, as well as in specialty journals, such as the Administrative Law Review and the Ecology Law Quarterly.
Professor Shapiro has been an active participant in efforts to improve health, safety and environmental quality in the United States. He has testified before congressional committees on administrative law and occupational safety and health issues. He has worked with various public interest groups in advisory and support capacities, including Public Citizen Global Trade Watch, Public Citizen Congress Watch, and OMB Watch.
Temple University Beasley School of Law
Amy Sinden is a Professor of Law at the Temple University Beasley School of Law in Philadelphia. She has been a visiting professor at the University of Pennsylvania Law School and at the Temple-Tsinghua Masters of Law program in Beijing, China. She is a member of the board of directors of the Center for Progressive Reform.
Professor Sinden has taught, lectured, and written in the areas of environmental law, natural resources law, regulatory design, and cost-benefit analysis, human rights, and climate change.
Before joining the Temple Law School faculty in 2001, Professor Sinden served as senior counsel for Citizens for Pennsylvania's Future, handling litigation on behalf of PennFuture and other citizens' and environmental groups. Prior to this position, she was an associate attorney for Earthjustice Legal Defense Fund (formerly the Sierra Club Legal Defense Fund) in Seattle, Washington, where she represented a range of environmental, fishing, and other groups in litigation focusing on endangered species, clean water, and water conservation issues. In addition to her involvement with environmental issues, Professor Sinden was an attorney at Community Legal Services in Philadelphia, where she represented parents in civil child abuse and neglect proceedings, and advocated on behalf of welfare recipients seeking job training and education. Professor Sinden served twice as a law clerk, first for Judge John F. Gerry of the U.S. District Court for the District of New Jersey, and later for Judge Dolores K. Sloviter of the U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals for the Third Circuit. Professor Sinden graduated summa cum laude from the University of Pennsylvania Law School in 1991.
Professor Sinden's recent academic writings have criticized the misuse of economic theory in environmental law, arguing against the use of cost-benefit analysis in environmental standard setting and countering claims that private property rights can solve environmental problems in the absence of government regulation. She has also written about the application of classical human rights norms to environmental conflicts. Recent publications include Formality and Informality in Cost-Benefit Analysis, 2015 Utah L. Rev. 93, The Missing Instrument: Dirty Input Limits, 33 Harv. Envtl. L. Rev. 65 (2009), with fellow CPR Member Scholar David Driesen, Cost-Benefit Analysis: New Foundationas on Shifting Sand, 3 Reg. & Governance 48 (2009), with Douglas Kysar and David Driesen, The Tragedy of the Commons and the Myth of a Private Property Solution, 78 U. COLO. L. REV. 533 (2007).
Loyola University, New Orleans College of Law
Karen Sokol is Associate Professor of Law at the Loyola University College of Law in New Orleans.
Karen Sokol joined the Loyola University New Orleans College of Law faculty in 2009. Her teaching and research interests include environmental law, torts, products liability, and law and philosophy. Her current scholarship focuses on legal controls on marketing of dangerous products, climate change resilience, particularly for vulnerable countries such as Cuba and India, and, most recently, on the potential for forging more robust environmental and public health protections by incorporating Indian philosophy into Western jurisprudence, law, and policy. She will spend the spring of 2018 researching in India, supported by a Fulbright Award.
Professor Sokol graduated from Yale Law School, where she served as Articles Editor for the Yale Human Rights and Development Law Journal and was a member of the Allard K. Lowenstein International Human Rights Clinic. After law school, she clerked for Judge Carolyn Dineen King of the United States Court of Appeals for the Fifth Circuit and worked as an associate in the appellate section of Vinson & Elkins, LLP. She then worked as a policy analyst for the Center for Progressive Reform, writing a number of papers and articles on environmental and public health issues, with a focus on government transparency and corporate accountability. The year before coming to Loyola, she was a fellow at Georgetown University Law Center’s O’Neill Institute for National and Global Health Law. She is admitted to practice in the state of Texas and the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Fifth Circuit.
University of Wisconsin Law School
Steph Tai is a Professor of Law at the University of Wisconsin-Madison.
Professor Tai's scholarly research examines the interactions between environmental and health sciences and administrative law. These include the consideration of scientific expertise and environmental justice concerns by administrative and judicial systems, as well as the role of scientific dialogues in food systems regulation, and the ways in which private governance incorporates scientific research.
Professor Tai was an adjunct law professor at Georgetown from 2002-2005 and a visiting professor at Washington and Lee University School of Law during the 2005-06 academic year. Professor Tai’s teaching interests include administrative law, environmental law, food systems law, environmental justice, risk regulation, contracts (especially private governance and supply chains!), and comparative Asian environmental law.
Raised in the South by two chemists, Professor Tai decided to combine their chemistry background with a legal education to improve the use of science in environmental protection. At Georgetown, Professor Tai was the Editor-in-Chief of the Georgetown International Environmental Law Review and was a member of the Georgetown Manfred Lachs Space Law Moot Court Team.
After graduating from Georgetown, Professor Tai worked as the editor-in-chief of the International Review for Environmental Strategies, a publication by the Institute for Global Environmental Strategies in Japan. Professor Tai has also served as a judicial law clerk to the Honorable Ronald Lee Gilman on the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Sixth Circuit. Professor Tai then worked as an appellate attorney in the Environment and Natural Resources Division of the U.S. Department of Justice, briefing and arguing cases involving a range of issues, from the protection of endangered cave species in Texas to the issuance of dredge and fill permits under the Clean Water Act. From 2013-2014, Professor Tai served as a U.S. Supreme Court Fellow as a researcher in the Federal Judicial Center.
Professor Tai actively represents amici in federal circuit court and Supreme Court cases. During the summer before joining the Wisconsin Law School faculty, Professor Tai teamed up with several other law professors to work on two Supreme Court amicus briefs: one for a group of legislators in Environmental Defense v. Duke Energy Corp., No. 05-0848, and another for a group of scientists in Massachusetts v. Environmental Protection Agency, No. 05-1120. Professor Tai still continues this work, representing commercial fishers in Entergy Corp. v. Environmental Protection Agency, Nos. 07-588, 07-589, 07-597; organic farmers in Monsanto v. Geertson Seed Farms, No. 09-475; former senior environmental agency officials in Decker v. Northwest Environmental Defense Center, Nos. 11-338, 11-347; and prominent climate scientists in West Virginia v. Environmental Protection Agency, D.C. Cir. Nos. 15-1363 et al.
Professor Tai's leisure time is spent lifting weights, boxing, reading fiction, listening to terrible pop punk, scouring farmers' markets, and annoying a rescue iguana named Megyn Kelly.
Chicago-Kent College of Law
A. Dan Tarlock is a Distinguished Professor of Law at the Chicago- Kent College of Law and Honorary Professor UNECSO Centre for Water Law, Science and Policy, University of Dundee, Scotland. His teaching and research interests include environmental law, property, land use controls, biodiversity conservation and water law.
Professor Tarlock has previously been a permanent member of the faculties of the University of Kentucky and Indiana University, Bloomington. He has also visited at several law schools including the universities of Chicago, Pennsylvania, Hawai’i, Kansas, Michigan and Utah.
Professor Tarlock has served on several National Research Council/National Academy of Sciences committees studying the protection and recovery of stressed aquatic ecosystems, including a ten year review of the operation of Glen Canyon Dam on the Colorado River and a study of the restoration of the Missouri River ecosystem, published as The Missouri River Ecosystem: Exploring the Prospects for Recovery (2002). Professor Tarlock was a member of an NRC/ NAS committee to assess the future of the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers. He is a member of the special legal advisors to the Submissions Unit of the Commission on Environmental Cooperation in Montreal, Canada, which administers the NAFTA Environmental Side Agreement. He has lectured on the problems of ecosystem, natural resources and river basin management in Austria, Australia, Brazil, Canada, China, Germany, Kazakhstan, and Scotland as well as throughout the United States.
Professor Tarlock is the author of numerous articles and books on environmental law, land use controls and water law including, Water War in the Klamath: Macho Law, Combat Biology, and Dirty Politics (with Holly Doremus, 2008), Environmental Protection, Law and Policy (5rd ed Aspen Publishing, 2007) with Professor William Buzbee, Professor Robert Glicksman, Professor David Markell, Professor Daniel R. Mandelker, Water Resources Management with Professor James Corbridge and Professor David Getches, (5th ed 2002) and Law of Water Rights and Resources (1988 with annual updates). Professor Tarlock was the chief report writer for the Western Water Policy Review Advisory Commission report, Water in the West, which was one of the first major federal publications to examine the relationship between urban growth and water use.
Professor Tarlock holds an A.B. and LL.B. from Stanford University.
University of Cincinnati College of Law
Joseph P. Tomain is Dean Emeritus and the Wilbert & Helen Ziegler Professor of Law at the University of Cincinnati College of Law.
Dean Tomain's research and teaching interests have focused on Energy Law, Land Use, Government Regulation, and Contracts. Dean Tomain received his J.D. from George Washington University National Law Center and his A.B. from the University of Notre Dame.
Most of Dean Tomain's working experience has been in the academy. He has had regulatory experience in practice and stays involved in energy and environmental matters as a member of the advisory board of the Institute of Environmental Studies at Miami University in Oxford, Ohio. Additionally, his work in the field of energy comes through publications, the occasional commentary, and news editorials. He is also a member of the Multidisciplinary Council of Tennessee, which is examining issues surrounding science in the courtroom.
After completing law school, Dean Tomain worked in the private sector for a New Jersey law firm handling general litigation matters. He began his law teaching career in 1976 at Drake University Law School and joined the University of Cincinnati in 1983. In 1986-87 he served as Visiting Professor at the University of Texas School of Law. He has either planned programs or presented papers for the Association of American Law Schools; American Bar Association; American Judicature Society; American Legal Studies Association; American Planning Association; Canadian Institute on Resources Law; Cincinnati Bar Association; Conference of Chief Justices; Federal Bar Association; Hofstra University School of Law; Iowa Planning Association; North American Conference on Peacemaking and Conflict Resolution; Ohio CLE Institute; Ohio Planning Association; Rocky Mountain Mineral Law Institute; University of Cincinnati (various colleges); University of Kansas School of Law; United States Sixth Circuit Conference; and, continuing legal education programs and bar review courses. Dean Tomain was elected a Visiting Fellow at Harris Manchester College, Oxford University, is the recipient of an NEH summer fellowship award, and served as a Fulbright Senior Specialist in Law in Phnom Penh, Cambodia.
Dean Tomain's publications include books entitled Creon’s Ghost: Law, Justice, and the Humanities, Energy Law and Policy for the 21st Century, Regulatory Law & Policy, Energy Law and Policy, Nuclear Power Transformation, Energy Law in a Nutshell, and Energy Decision Making. He has also written numerous articles and delivered papers on the subjects of energy law and government regulation.
In addition to his administrative duties, teaching, and scholarship, Dean Tomain serves on a number of professional and civic organizations. Since 2000 he has served as Vice Chair of the Year in Review Committee of the American Bar Association Section of Environment, Energy, and Resources Committee on Energy Industry Restructuring, Finance, Mergers, and Acquisitions. He is Chair of the Board of the KnowledgeWorks Foundation. He serves on the American Bar Association's Standing Committee on Judicial Independence Commission on State Judicial Selection Standards. He is also a member of the Board of the Greater Cincinnati Foundation, a delegate to the Ohio State Bar Association, a member of the Board of the Ohio State Bar Foundation, a member of the Board of the Ohio Legal Assistance Foundation, and has been elected a Fellow of the American Bar Foundation.
Loyola University New Orleans
Robert R.M. Verchick holds the Gauthier ~ St. Martin Eminent Scholar Chair in Environmental Law at Loyola University New Orleans, is the Faculty Director of the Center for Environmental Law at Loyola, and is a Senior Fellow in Disaster Resilience Leadership, Tulane University. He is the President of the Center for Progressive Reform.
Verchick is an expert in climate change law, disaster law, and environmental regulation. In 2009 and 2010, he served in the Obama administration as Deputy Associate Administrator for Policy at the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency. In that role he helped develop climate adaptation policy for the EPA and served on President Obama's Interagency Climate Change Adaptation Task Force. In the fall of 2012, he researched climate adaptation policies in India as a Visiting Scholar at the Centre for Policy Research in New Delhi, supported by a Fulbright Award.
His work has appeared in many venues, including the California Law Review, the Southern California Law Review, and the environmental law journals at Harvard, Stanford, and Berkeley. He is an author of three books, including the award-winning, Facing Catastrophe: Environmental Action for a Post-Katrina World (Harvard University Press 2010). Professor Verchick has taught as a visitor at several schools, including Peking University (China) and Aarhus University (Denmark), and has received several teaching awards. He has lectured across the United States, Europe, and Asia
University of Texas School of Law
Wendy E. Wagner holds the Richard Dale Endowed Chair at the University of Texas School of Law in Austin, Texas. Prior to joining the University of Texas Law faculty, Professor Wagner was a professor at the Case Western Reserve University School of Law and School of Management, and was a visiting professor at the Columbia Law School and the Vanderbilt Law School.
Professor Wagner has taught a number of courses on environmental topics. Within the law school, she has taught an Environmental Law survey course, an advanced course on Toxics, a survey course on Regulation, and seminars on Law and Science and Citizen Participation in Environmental Law (in this latter seminar, the students wrote citizen guides designed to educate citizens about their rights under the environmental laws). Wagner has also co-taught interdisciplinary University-wide courses and seminars on: Lead and the Environment; The Great Lakes and the Environment; Environmental Priority Setting; Environmental Justice; the Automobile and the Environment; and Complex Problem Solving: A Case Study on the Environment. Wagner writes primarily in the area of environmental law and science, exploring the ways that science is used and misused in decision-making by the courts, Congress, and the agencies.
While in academia, Professor Wagner has participated as an officer or committee member in a number of professional societies, including several sections of the American Bar Association; the Society for Risk Analysis; the National Conference of Lawyers and Scientists; and a task force initiated by U.S. Representative Dennis Kucinich.
Professor Wagner has also participated as a speaker at various conferences convened for the practicing bar, environmental scientists, and governmental policymakers. Professor Wagner has spoken at local bar associations, given presentations for Continuing Legal Education programs, spoken at a variety of scientific meetings, and presented papers at meetings convened for government officials by the U.S. EPA and the Harvard Center for Risk Analysis. Professor Wagner was a guest speaker on the national public radio show "Science Friday" (part of "Talk of the Nation"), which spotlighted the EPA's recently promulgated standards for ozone and particulates. Professor Wagner was also an invited expert for a hearing on delegation convened by the Subcommittee on National Economic Growth, Natural Resources, and Regulatory Affairs of the House Committee on Government Reform, U.S. Congress.
Professor Wagner recently collaborated with two other UT colleagues (Thomas McGarity and Lynn Blais) on a U.S. EPA-funded project identifying the problems associated with, and the legal authority available for regulating air toxins in the state of Texas. The Texas Council for Environmental Quality commissioned the project and plans to use the results in its regulation writing and legislative activities. Professor Wagner also published a book with colleague McGarity in 2008 entitled Bending Science: How Special Interests Corrupt Public Health Research (Harvard University Press), and they also produced a report for the Wilson Center for International Scholars on the types of legal challenges that can be filed against EPA's environmental models and their past success in court.
Professor Wagner began her legal career in 1987. From 1987-88, she served as a law clerk for the Honorable Albert Engel, the Chief Judge of the U.S. Court of Appeals, Sixth Circuit, in Grand Rapids, Michigan. Professor Wagner then served as an Honors Attorney at the Environmental Enforcement Section of the Environment Division at the Department of Justice in Washington, D.C. While an attorney at DOJ, Professor Wagner was the first or second chair on a number of prominent cases, including U.S. v. Vertac, a large Superfund case, and U.S. v. City of Seattle, one of the first natural resource damage cases brought by the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration under the Superfund law. Wagner then moved to the General Counsel Office of the Department of Agriculture in 1991 where she served as the Pollution Control Coordinator and established a central office, with six satellite legal offices, to manage and advise DOA agencies on compliance under the pollution control laws. Professor Wagner began her academic career in 1992 as an assistant professor at the CWRU School of Law.
Professor Wagner has published widely in the areas of law and science, and presented a number of papers in a wide variety of academic and practice-based settings.
Professor Wagner is also trained as an ecologist. After majoring in biology at Hanover College (graduating summa cum laude), she received a masters degree from the Yale School of Forestry and Environmental Studies and began (but did not finish) a Ph.D. in ecology from the University of Virginia School of Environmental Science. Throughout this period (1979 through 1984 and the fall of 1988), Wagner's research focused primarily on the ecology of benthic diatoms in wetland systems. She conducted research and coursework on diatoms at summer research institutes at the Marine Biological Laboratory, Woods Hole, Massachusetts; the University of Michigan Research Station in Pellston Michigan; and the Iowa Lakeside Laboratory in Okoboji, Iowa.
Penn State University College of Law
Hannah Wiseman is a Professor of Law and a Professor and Wilson Faculty Fellow in the College of Earth and Mineral Sciences, and Institutes of Energy and the Environment Co-funded Faculty Member at Penn State University.
Professor Wiseman teaches and writes in the areas of Energy Law, Oil & Gas Law, Land Use Regulation, Environmental Law, and Administrative Law. Her work focuses on the mechanics and design of regulation and governance in these areas, including the challenges of determining appropriate governance levels, fostering effective experimentation, and addressing expansions in the scale of regulated activities. She has published articles in the NYU Law Review, Georgetown Law Journal, Duke Law Journal (co-authored), and Boston University Law Review, among others, and she is a co-author of the textbook “Energy, Economics, and the Environment” (Foundation Press) with Professors Joel Eisen, Emily Hammond, Jim Rossi, and David Spence. She is also a co-author of the book "Energy Law" (Foundation Press) with Professor Alexandra Klass and "Hydraulic Fracturing: A Guide to Environmental and Real Property Issues" (American Bar Association press) with Keith Hall.
Professor Wiseman received her undergraduate degree from Dartmouth College, summa cum laude, and her law degree from Yale Law School, and she clerked for Judge Patrick Higginbotham of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Fifth Circuit. Before joining the faculty at Penn State, Professor Wiseman was the Attorneys' Title Professor at Florida State University College of Law, an Assistant Professor at the University of Tulsa School of Law, and an Emerging Fellow (Visiting Assistant Professor) at the University of Texas School of Law.
Lewis & Clark Law School
Chris Wold is a Professor of Law and Director, International Environmental Law Project at Lewis & Clark College.
Professor Wold specializes in international environmental law, focusing particularly on the relationship of trade and environmental law, climate change law, and international wildlife law. He has taught courses in international environmental law, comparative environmental law, climate change and the law, trade and the environment, and ocean and coastal law. Professor Wold founded IELP at Lewis & Clark Law School in 1996 to provide law students with in-class instruction and real-life experiences participating in international environmental lawmaking.
In recent years, Professor Wold has advised the government of Mauritius concerning ways to protect environmentally sensitive areas. He has served on the United Kingdom’s delegation to the International Whaling Commission. He was appointed to EPA’s National Advisory Committee to provide EPA with advice on environmental cooperation among the three North American governments. He continues to provide legal and technical advice to small island developing states in the climate change negotiations and to numerous nongovernmental organizations on issues concerning the Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species of Wild Fauna and Flora, the Convention on Biological Diversity, and the Convention on Migratory Species, among others.
Professor Wold is author of many articles on international environmental law, and is co-author of two textbooks, Climate Change and the Law (2009) and Trade and the Environment: Law and Policy (2d. ed. 2011). His most recent articles focus on the relationship between trade and environmental law, including Taking Stock: Trade’s Environmental Scorecard after Twenty Years of “Trade and Environment,” 45 Wake Forest L. Rev. 319 (2010); Evaluating the NAFTA and Commission for Environmental Cooperation: Lessons for Integrating Trade and Environment in Free Trade Agreements, 28 St. Louis U. Pub. L. Rev. 201 (2008); and The Inadequacy of the Citizen Submission Process of Articles 14 & 15 of the North American Agreement on Environmental Cooperation, 26 Loyola of Los Angeles Int’l & Comp. L. Rev. 415 (2004).
Prior to joining the faculty of Lewis & Clark Law School, he was a staff attorney at the Center for International Environmental Law and the Environmental Law Alliance Worldwide-US (ELAW-US). He remains of counsel with ELAW-US.
He is a 1986 graduate of St. Olaf College with a major in chemistry, and a 1990 graduate of Lewis & Clark Law School, where he won the Bernard O’Rourke Award for outstanding writing on a natural resources topic.
Wake Forest University School of Law
Ron Wright is the Needham Y. Gulley Professor of Criminal Law at Wake Forest University School of Law. Wright teaches and writes about criminal procedure and sentencing; his empirical research concentrates on the work of criminal prosecutors.
Wright has been an advisor or board member for the Prosecution and Racial Justice Project at the Vera Institute of Justice, Families Against Mandatory Minimum Sentences (FAMM) and North Carolina Prisoner Legal Services, Inc.
Alexander Blewett III School of Law at the University of Montana
Sandra Zellmer is a Professor of Law and Director of Natural Resources Clinics at the Alexander Blewett III School of Law at the University of Montana.
Zellmer teaches in the Natural Resources and Environmental Law Clinic and related courses. Prior to joining the faculty of at the University of Montana, she was a Professor of Law at the University of Nebraska, where she taught torts, natural resources, water law, environmental law, and related courses.
She has published numerous articles and commentary on natural resources law, water conservation and use, and related topics, as well as several books, including Comparative Environmental Law and Natural Resources (Carolina 2013) and Natural Resources Law (West 3rd ed. 2012) (with Professors Laitos and Wood).
Zellmer was appointed as a member of the National Academy of Sciences-National Research Council Committee on Missouri River Recovery and Associated Sediment Management Issues (2008-2010). In addition to being a Member Scholar of the Center for Progressive Reform, she is also a Senior Specialist (Roster Candidate) with the Fulbright Foreign Scholarship Board, a Member of the Resilience Alliance (an international multi-disciplinary research group that explores the dynamics of adaptive, complex systems), and a trustee of the Rocky Mountain Mineral Law Foundation. Between 2002-2004, Professor Zellmer served as the Chair of the Committee on Marine Resources for the American Bar Association Section on Environment, Energy and Resources, and as an advisor to the Council of Great Lakes Governors Water Working Group Task Force on Tribal/First Nation Treaties in the cotext of a proposed Great Lakes Water Compact, which was adopted in 2008.
Zellmer was a faculty member at the University of Toledo College of Law from 1998-2003, and has also been a visiting professor at Tulane, Drake, Lewis and Clark, and the University of Auckland law schools. Before she began teaching, Zellmer was a trial attorney for the U.S. Department of Justice Environment and Natural Resources Division, litigating public lands, wildlife and NEPA issues for the National Park Service, Forest Service, Fish and Wildlife Service and other federal agencies. She also practiced law at Faegre & Benson in Minneapolis, Minnesota, and clerked for the Honorable William W. Justice, U.S. District Court, Eastern District of Texas. Her publications cover a range of topics, including preemption, water and public lands management, wildlife and adaptive management, and have been published in journals such as Florida Law Review, Nebraska Law Review, and Houston Law Review.