James R. May to join Haub Law’s Environmental Faculty as a Visiting Professor

September 28, 2021
James May

The Elisabeth Haub School of Law at Pace University is pleased to announce that James R. May will join its environmental law faculty as a visiting professor in the spring of 2022. While at Haub Law, he will be teaching Civil Procedure and a seminar on Environmental Rights.

Previously, May was a 2020 Haub Visiting Scholar. While he was a Visiting Scholar at Haub Law, he focused on the intersection of human rights and environmental law, specifically concentrating on constitutionally-recognized rights to human dignity. He is also is a past recipient of the Elisabeth Haub Award for Environmental Law.

“The Elisabeth Haub School of Law is home to the #1 ranked environmental law program in the United States,” said Horace E. Anderson, Jr., Dean of the Elisabeth Haub School of Law at Pace University. “We are proud to welcome Professor May back to Haub Law where he will enhance our environmental law program and allow our students to have a greater understanding of environmental law and human rights, and the intersection of these areas.”

Currently, May is a Distinguished Professor of Law, Founder of the Global Environmental Rights Institute, and co-Founder and co-Director of the Dignity Rights Project and the Environmental Rights Institute at Widener University Delaware Law School. He is also a Visiting Professor of Law at S.J. Quinney College of Law, University of Utah and an Adjunct Professor of Graduate Engineering at Widener University, where he founded the Widener Sustainability Initiative as the University's first Chief Sustainability Officer. May is also a former federal civil litigator, the founder of several award-winning public interest programs, and the author of seven books and more than one hundred book chapters and articles. He is an alumnus of the Elisabeth Haub School of Law at Pace University, where he was the Feldshuh Fellow and received his LLM in Environmental Law in 1991 graduating first in his class. He received his JD (National Environmental Law Moot Court Champion) and BS in Mechanical Engineering (Bowman Scholar) from the University of Kansas.

“The Elisabeth Haub School of Law continues to welcome visiting professors at the top of their fields to give our students a broad perspective on environmental law,” said Gilbert and Sarah Kerlin Distinguished Professor of Environmental Law and Executive Director of Environmental Law Programs Jason Czarnezki. “Haub Law is continuously at the forefront of developments in environmental law and welcoming leading scholars, like Professor May, allows us to remain at the forefront while providing 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 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. World and News 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 http://law.pace.edu

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