Faye Matthews Joins Haub Law’s Environmental Faculty as a Visiting Assistant Professor, Bringing Legal and Policy Expertise

August 29, 2022
Faye Matthews

The Elisabeth Haub School of Law at Pace University is pleased to announce that Professor Fayenisha "Faye" Matthews has joined its environmental law faculty as a Visiting Assistant Professor. While at Haub Law, she will be teaching Water Rights Law and Environmental Law.

Professor Matthews comes to Haub Law from the National Wildlife Federation (NWF) where she worked as Senior Counsel for the Gulf of Mexico Program. As Senior Counsel, Professor Matthews handled legal and policy matters that impacted restoration and protection of coastal resources in a region experiencing severe environmental changes, alarming rates of land loss and stand to be greatly impacted by more disasters and climate-driven sea level rise. She dedicates her work to improving the management and use of water resources for the benefit of all communities and wildlife to thrive in a just system.

Previously Professor Matthews served as Legislative Counsel to the U.S. Senate Committee on Energy and Natural Resources and Of Counsel at Waltzer, Wiygul, and Garside Law Firm in Gretna, Louisiana where she specialized in environmental law. There she handled Clean Water Act citizen suits and gained a wealth of knowledge of administrative law.

“We are thrilled to welcome Faye Matthews to Haub Law in a new capacity as Visiting Assistant Professor, previously having served as an adjunct professor at the law school,” said Horace E. Anderson, Jr., Dean of the Elisabeth Haub School of Law at Pace University. “Ms. Matthews will help to enhance our number one ranked environmental law program and bring her legal and policy experience to the classroom, allowing our students to have an even broader perspective on the complexities of environmental law.”

Professor Matthews earned a BS in Psychology from the University of New Orleans and a JD from Southern University Law Center in Baton Rouge, Louisiana. She is admitted to practice law in the State of Louisiana and a member of the American Bar Association Section on Environment, Energy, and Resources. Professor Matthews is a member of the legal advisory committee of the Louisiana Climate Initiatives Task Force. She is also an Adjunct Professor of Law at Loyola New Orleans College of Law.

 “For two consecutive years in a row, the Elisabeth Haub School of Law’s environmental program has ranked number one in the nation,” said Gilbert and Sarah Kerlin Distinguished Professor of Environmental Law and Executive Director of Environmental Law Programs Jason Czarnezki. “Renowned environmental leaders, like Faye Matthews, are what helps our program stay on top. At Haub Law, we are continuously innovative in our curriculum and strive to expose our students to professors and practitioners at the top of their fields. We are thrilled to have Faye Matthews join us as a Visiting Assistant Professor and assist Haub Law in continuing to provide the top environmental law education in the country.”

About Elisabeth Haub School of Law

Elisabeth Haub School of Law at Pace University offers JD and Masters of Law (LLM) degrees in both Environmental and International Law, as well as a Doctor of Juridical Science (SJD) in Environmental Law. The School, housed on the University’s campus in White Plains, N.Y., opened its doors in 1976 and has more than 9,000 alumni around the world. The School maintains a unique philosophy and approach to legal education that strikes an important balance between practice and theory. Haub Law launched its Environmental Law Program in 1978, and it has long been ranked among the world’s leading university programs, with a current #1 ranking by U.S. News & World Report. Pace’s doctoral graduates teach environmental law at universities around the world. Pace’s JD alumni are prominent in environmental law firms, agencies and non-profit organizations across the U.S. and abroad. In 2016, the Law School received a transformational gift from the family of Elisabeth Haub, in recognition of its outstanding environmental law programs. For more information about Haub Law, visit https://law.pace.edu

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