The ELPP faculty is remarkable not only for the depth but also the breadth of its collective expertise and experience working with environmental issues from every angle and at every level, from local to international.—Prof. Kristina Daugirdas
Our diverse environmental law faculty includes professors who have served in senior positions at the White House, the Environmental and Natural Resources Division of the U.S. Department of Justice, the Michigan Attorney General's Office, the National Wildlife Federation, the National Environmental Law Center, and in private practice. They are nationally and internationally recognized experts on environmental regulation, global climate change, water law, environmental criminal enforcement, international law, Indian law, alternative dispute resolution, conservation, and land use law.
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Paul Astolfi teaches Practice of Renewable Energy Law. He is a partner with Mayer Brown LLP's global projects group and co-head of its renewable energy practice.
Gary Ballesteros teaches CERCLA Litigation and Practice. He is vice president, law, for Rockwell Automation. He is responsible for the company's litigation and oversees the records management function, the environmental and safety organization, and the product safety organization.
Andrew P. Buchsbaum
Andrew Buchsbaum is the regional executive director of the National Wildlife Federation's Great Lakes Regional Center, the co-chair of the 110-organizational member Healing Our Waters Coalition, and a trustee of the Great Lakes Fisheries Trust.
Kristina Daugirdas teaches International Organizations and Environmental Law. Her writing focuses on the relationships between U.S. laws and regulations and negotiating and implementing international agreements and obligations.
Sara Gosman is the recipient of a Fulbright grant to research the role of environmental organizations in Hungary's transition to democracy, as well as a Luce Scholarship to work with the World Wide Fund for Nature on sustainable development in Indochina.
Noah Hall previously served as the founding executive director of the Great Lakes Environmental Law Center. His scholarship focuses on transboundary water management and pollution, climate change adaptation, water law reform, U.S.-Canadian environmental law, and citizen enforcement.
Brandon Hofmeister teaches Energy Law: Regulation of Electricity. He is on the faculty at Wayne State University Law School and previously served as special counsel for energy and climate policy to Governor Jennifer Granholm of Michigan.
Neil Kagan is senior counsel for the National Wildlife Federation working to protect water quality nationally and in the Great Lakes. He has served as the sole or lead attorney in many public interest environmental cases seeking protection of forests, wetlands, rivers, lakes, and other natural resources.
Allyn D. Kantor
Allyn Kantor is of counsel to Miller, Canfield, Paddock and Stone P.L.C., where his specialties include the litigation and resolution of complex business disputes, including commercial torts, contract claims, environmental claims, real estate matters, and the defense of legal malpractice actions.
Howard A. Learner
Howard A. Learner serves as the president and executive director of the Environmental Law and Policy Center—the Midwest's leading public interest environmental legal advocacy and eco-business innovation organization.
Douglas McClure teaches the Environmental and Administrative Law Practicum. He is a partner with Conlin, McKenney & Philbrick, P.C., a mid-sized Michigan law firm, where he focuses his practice on environmental law.
Nina A. Mendelson
Nina Mendelson teaches and conducts research in the areas of administrative law, environmental law, statutory interpretation, and the legislative process. She is one of three U.S. special legal advisers to the NAFTA Commission on Environmental Cooperation.
David M. Uhlmann
David M. Uhlmann is the director of the Environmental Law and Policy Program. His research and advocacy interests include criminal and civil enforcement of environmental laws, worker endangerment, and efforts to address global climate change. He previously served for 17 years at the U.S. Department of Justice, the last seven as chief of the Environmental Crimes Section.
Mark Van Putten
Mark Van Putten has 25 years' experience in environmental policymaking and nonprofit organization leadership. He is founder and president of ConservationStrategy® LLC, an environmental strategy and organizational development consulting firm based in the Washington, D.C., area.
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