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William W. Buzbee

William W. Buzbee is a Professor of Law and Director of the Environmental and Natural Resources Law Program at Emory Law School. He is also a director of Emory’s Center on Federalism and Intersystemic Governance. He is joining the faculty at Georgetown University Law Center as a professor of law during the summer of 2014.

Professor Buzbee has taught, lectured, and written in the areas of administrative law, environmental law, land use, federalism, and statutory interpretation since he joined the faculty at Emory Law School in 1993. He has also served as a visiting professor at Columbia, Cornell, Georgetown, and Illinois law schools.

While in academia, Professor Buzbee's scholarship on federalism, regulatory reform legislation, citizen enforcement of environmental laws, legislative design and interpretation, and urban sprawl policy has led to numerous invitations to speak and share draft papers around the country with other academics and government leaders.

Professor Buzbee became a professor after clerking for federal judge Jose A. Cabranes. His scholarly work has been substantially influenced by his employment as an attorney-fellow at the Natural Resources Defense Council as well as his work doing environmental law, land use law, and litigation for the private sector law firm in New York City, Patterson, Belknap, Webb & Tyler. Much of his work while at Patterson was for public authority clients. He also handled a substantial number of pro bono matters involving issues of environmental justice, civil rights, and constitutional rights. He also counseled industrial clients on Clean Air Act amendments, transactional liability issues, hazardous waste liabilities, and land use procedures and environmental concerns. He also served for a decade as the Vice President and Litigation Committee Chair for the environmental not-for-profit now known as Greenlaw, Professor Buzbee also secured funding for and launched Emory’s Turner Environmental Law Clinic. He has served as the chair of its Advisory Committee, overseen hiring and fundraising for the Clinic, and directed Emory Law School’s Environmental and Natural Resources Law Program.

During 2006, Professor Buzbee co-authored an amicus brief for a bipartisan group of four former EPA Administrators for the important Clean Water Act case, Rapanos v. United States. That involvement also led to congressional committee testimony at hearings during 2006, 2007, 2008 and 2014 exploring the implications of the Rapanos decision and appropriate legislative and regulatory responses. Professor Buzbee regularly provides pro bono assistance for appellate and Supreme Court regulatory and environmental matters as well as on legislative and regulatory issues.

Professor Buzbee has published a wide array of articles and book chapters on numerous public law and regulation topics. His newest book is Fighting Westway: Environmental Law, Citizen Activism, and the Regulatory War that Transformed New York City (Cornell University Press 2014), He is the editor and a contributor to the Cambridge University Press book, Preemption Choice; The Theory, Law, and Reality of Federalism’s Core Question. His publications in recent years have been published in Stanford Law Review, New York University Law Review, University of Pennsylvania Law Review, Michigan Law Review, Cornell Law Review, The Administrative Law Review, and an array of other journals, including the environmental journals at top law schools such at NYU and Duke. His articles have been repeatedly selected as among the top 30 environmental law articles in their years of publication and three of his articles were republished as one of the best ten such articles in their year’s issue of Land Use & Environment Law Review. In 2006, he joined as a textbook co-author with Robert Glicksman (also a CPR Member Scholar) and several others for the new edition of Environmental Protection: Law and Policy. The Seventh edition is expected to be published in early 2015.

William W. Buzbee
Emory Law School
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