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Gauthier-St. Martin Eminent Scholar and Chair in Environmental Law
J.D., Harvard Law School (cum laude), 1989; A.B., Stanford University (with honors and distinction), 1986
Rob Verchick holds the Gauthier-St. Martin Chair in Environmental Law at Loyola University New Orleans, where he is Faculty Director of the Center for Environmental Law and Land Use. Professor Verchick recently served in the Obama administration as Deputy Associate Administrator for Policy at the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency. In that role he helped develop climate adaptation policy for the EPA and served on President Obama's Interagency Climate Change Adaptation Task Force. In the fall of 2012, he researched climate adaptation policies in India as a Visiting Scholar at the Centre for Policy Research in New Delhi, supported by a Fulbright-Nehru Environmental Leadership Award.
Professor Verchick’s writing focuses on environmental regulation, climate change adaptation, 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 newest book, Facing Catastrophe: Environmental Action for a Post-Katrina World (Harvard University Press, 2010) was listed as a CHOICE Outstanding Academic Title of 2010 by the American Library Association.
Professor Verchick has testified before Congress several times and represented environmental interests in friend-of-the-court briefs in cases before the U.S. Supreme Court and the federal appellate courts. He has written commentaries for several news outlets and is a Member Scholar and former board member of the Center for Progressive Reform, a policy institute focused on public health and environmental protection. Verchick has taught as a visitor at several schools, including Peking University (China) and Aarhus University (Denmark), and has received several teaching awards. He has lectured across the United States, Europe, and Asia.
Professor Verchick was born and raised in Las Vegas, Nevada, with parents and grandparents who worked in the local resorts. He is married and has three sons.
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