Thursday, August 5, 2021
Each year, I write a post listing schools that are interested in hiring tenured or tenure-track environmental law faculty. This year's list appears below.
Readers should be aware of a few things about this list. First, it is limited to tenured, tenure-track, and long-term-contract hiring. I haven't made an effort to identify visiting positions. That's because visiting positions tend to open up later in the academic year.
Second, this list may grow in the next few weeks, and I'll continue updating the post if it does, but it's also likely to remain incomplete. I've compiled the list by looking at Prawfsblawg's post on entry-level hiring committees and by soliciting input from the environmental law professors' listserve. There may be interested schools that (a) didn't post their interest on Prawfsblawg; (b) don't have faculty members on the listserve; and/or (c) choose to keep their hiring preferences to themselves. Strong environmental law candidates therefore may draw interest from schools that aren't listed below.
Third, schools that are interested in environmental law hires are probably also looking at other subject areas. They may hire in those areas rather than environmental law, and they also may not hire at all.
With those qualifiers, here’s the list. It’s relatively long, which hopefully means this will be a good year for environmental law hiring.
Alabama is looking for three tenure-track hires, and environmental law/regulatory compliance is one of its areas of primary interest.
Berkeley is looking in a range of areas, including energy and environmental justice.
On Prawfsblawg, Case Western says it is seeking an “instructor to run an environmental law clinic.”
Colorado hopes to hire an environmental law/natural resources law professor.
Columbia is searching for a new director for its environmental law clinic.
Emory is looking to hire a entry-level or junior lateral tenure-track faculty member specializing in environmental law.
Florida State is looking for an environmental law hire, who could be entry level or lateral (a lateral hire might be eligible for a distinguished chair).
George Washington will be hiring in several areas, including environmental and energy law.
Georgetown may be looking in the environmental field.
On Prawfsblawg, Hofstra lists environmental law as one of its secondary areas of interest
Indiana-Indianapolis is hiring for an endowed chair in environmental law.
Minnesota has posted a general search, and environmental law is one of its areas of interest. It is focusing on entry-level and junior lateral candidates.
New Mexico is seeking to hire an entry-level professor in its environmental and natural resources law program. The position will include some rotations teaching in the school's environmental law clinic.
Temple is hiring, with environmental and energy law among its areas of interest. Candidates who also can teach torts, race and the law, or other racial justice classes will be particularly appealing.
Tulane is seeking a chair (in other words, an established scholar) in environmental law.
Utah is looking for two environmental candidates—one a lateral, and the other an entry-level civ pro person who ideally also would have expertise in environmental law.
Vermont appointments chair Hillary Hoffman writes: “we will be making several hires this year in E-law. Staff attorney/Assistant Professor in the Environmental Advocacy Clinic, Environmental Justice Clinic Director/Assistant/Associate/Professor of Law (new program), Animal Law Program Director/Assistant/Associate/Professor of Law (new program), Institute for Energy & Environment Associate Director/Assistant/Associate Professor of Law.”
- Dave Owen