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Robert L. Glicksman

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. He is the co-author, with fellow CPR Member Scholar Alejandro Camacho, of Reorganizing Government: A Functional and Dimensional Framework, published by NYU Press in 2019. 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 (Wolters Kluwer), now in its eighth edition (with Professors Markell, Buzbee, Mandelker, Bodansky and Hammond). 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), and is the author of a student nutshell on the same subject, Modern Public Land Law (now in its fith edition). He is the co-author, with Richard Levy, of an administrative law casebook, Administrative Law: Agency Action in Legal Context (Foundation Press, 3d edition forthcoming in 2020), and of Statutory Analysis in the Regulatory State (Foundation Press 2014). He is a co-author of Stay Ahead of the Pack: Your Comprehensive Guide to the Upper Level Curriculum (West Academic 2018), which includes a chapter surveying administrative law. He is also a co-editor (with LeRoy Paddock and Nicholas Bryner), of a volume in Deward Elgar's Encyclopedia of Environmental Law, Decision Making in Environmental Law (2016). Professor Glicksman has also contributed numerous book chapters on environmental, natural resources, and administrative law issues, including “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; "The Firm Constitutional Foundation and Shaky Political Future of Environmental Cooperative Federalism," in Controversies in American Federalism and Public Policy (Christopher P. Banks ed. 2018); and "Debunking Revisionist Understandings of Environmental Cooperative Federalism: Collective Action Responses to Air Pollution," in The Law and Policy of Environmental Federalism: A Comparative Analysis (Kalyani Robbins ed., 2016).

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 Texas Law Review, the Vanderbilt Law Review, the North Carolina Law Review, the Wake Forest Law Review, the Arizona Law Review, the Arizona State Law Journal, the Indiana Law Journal, the Colorado Law Review, the Harvard Journal on Legislation, the Columbia Journal of Environmental Law, the Stanford Environmental Law Journal, the UCLA Journal of Environmental Law and Policy, Ecology Law Quarterly, Environmental Law, 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, and the Denver University Law Review. Forthcoming works will appear in the Ohio State Law Journal and the Alabama Law Review.

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. 

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