Robert R.M. Verchick holds the Gauthier ~ St. Martin Eminent Scholar Chair in Environmental Law at Loyola University, New Orleans, and Faculty Director of Loyola's Center for Environmental Law and Land Use.
From 2009 through 2010, Verchick took leave from Loyola and CPR to serve in the Obama Administration's Environmental Protection Agency as Deputy Associate Administrator for Policy. In that role, he helped develop climate adaptation policy for the EPA and served on President Obama's Interagency Climate Change Adaptation Task Force. He returned to Loyola and CPR in 2011.
Professor Verchick writes and teaches in the areas of environmental policy, environmental justice, and disaster law. His scholarly writing focuses on climate change adaptation, environmental justice, and the developing field of disaster law. His work has appeared in many venues, including the California Law Review, the Southern California Law Review, and the environmental law journals at Harvard, Stanford, and Berkeley. His latest book, Facing Catastrophe: Environmental Action for a Post-Katrina World (Harvard University Press, 2010) argues for a new perspective on disaster law based on the principles of environmental protection and was listed as a CHOICE Outstanding Academic Title of 2010 by the American Library Association.
He is a graduate of Stanford University and of Harvard Law School. He taught for eleven years on the law faculty of the University of Missouri at Kansas City and has taught as a visiting professor at several schools, including Beijing University, Aarhus University in Denmark, and Lewis & Clark College in Portland, Oregon.
Professor Verchick has provided legal advice to community organizations in Missouri, Kansas, and in the state of Washington. He has represented environmental interests in friend-of-the-court briefs in important cases before the U.S. Supreme Court and the federal appellate courts, including Kelo v. City of New London and Fort Gratiot v. Michigan Dep’t of Natural Resources. Before entering academia, Professor Verchick practiced law with Riddell, Williams, Bullitt & Walkinshaw (now Riddell Williams P.S.) in Seattle, where he represented a number of local governments, and private parties suing local governments, in disputes related to environmental and constitutional law.