Thursday, August 5, 2021

Environmental Law Faculty Hiring Information

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

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For those interested in the Environmental Law Clinic position at Case Western, here is the posting:

Instructor/Staff Attorney in Environmental Law - School of Law
Posted May 13, 2021
CASE WESTERN RESERVE UNIVERSITY SCHOOL OF LAW invites applications for an Environmental Law staff attorney/instructor position beginning October 2021. This is a 12-month contract, untenured position contingent on endowment funding. We seek candidates with distinguished academic records, extensive practice experience, and experience teaching in a law school setting. Successful candidates should have experience in environmental litigation, natural resources law, environmental health law, and/or related areas. A strong legal research background and training is required. In addition, the candidate must have a strong commitment to teaching law students in a clinical setting.

The goal of the environmental law clinic program is to create opportunities for students to develop foundational skills and experience in both transactions and litigation. The environmental law clinic staff attorney’s key responsibilities will involve identifying the clinic’s clients and cases, supervision of all case work and teaching in weekly classroom seminars. In addition, the attorney may also be asked to teach doctrinal classes in the environmental/regulatory law areas.

The Staff Attorney/Instructor will join the Kramer Law Clinic Center faculty as a member of our working law firm. The candidate will report to and work with the Director of the Law Clinic in collaboration with the Director of the Burke Environmental Law Center. Candidates must have a JD from an accredited law school, be licensed to practice in Ohio, and have a minimum of five (5) years practice experience, including supervision of junior attorneys (teaching experience can substitute for supervisory experience). Preference will be given to those who have significant law practice experience and law school teaching experience. This is a limited term endowment-funded position for a one-year term renewable for two additional one-year terms and possibly longer if funding remains available.

Applicants should submit a cover letter, curriculum vitae, summary of teaching experience, and the contact information for three professional references to [email protected] in one PDF file. Further information about the law school is available at

Applicants are also asked to submit a statement explaining how their research, teaching, and/or service have contributed to diversity, equity and inclusion within their scholarly field(s) and/or how their individual and/or collaborative efforts have promoted structural justice inside and outside institutions of higher learning. This statement should also reflect on the ways in which the candidate’s continued efforts will foster a culture of diversity, pluralism, and individual difference at Case Western Reserve University into the future.

In employment, as in education, Case Western Reserve University is committed to Equal Opportunity and Diversity. Women, veterans, members of underrepresented minority groups, and individuals with disabilities are encouraged to apply.

Case Western Reserve University provides reasonable accommodations to applicants with disabilities. Applicants requiring a reasonable accommodation for any part of the application and hiring process should contact the Office of Equity at 216-368-3066 to request a reasonable accommodation. Determinations as to granting reasonable accommodations for any applicant will be made on a case-by-case basis.

Posted by: Jonathan H. Adler | Aug 11, 2021 12:50:25 PM

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