Haub Environmental Law Distinguished Junior Scholar


Prof. Shelley Welton

Professor Shelley Welton, of the University of South Carolina, was selected as the 2019-2020 Haub Environmental Law Distinguished Scholar. Professor Welton is a climate change law expert teaching Administrative Law, Energy Law, Environmental Law and Policy, and Climate Change Law.

Professor Welton's research focuses on how climate change is transforming energy and environmental law and governance. Her scholarship has appeared or is forthcoming in the Columbia Law Review, University of Colorado Law Review, New York University Law Review, UCLA Law Review, Michigan Law Review, and Harvard Environmental Law Review. Her  research focuses on how climate change is transforming energy and environmental law. 

Professor Welton received her Ph.D. in Law from Yale Law School, her J.D. from NYU School of Law, a Master of Public Administration in Environmental Science and Policy from Columbia University's School of International and Public Affairs, and her B.A. from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill.  Prior to her academic work, Professor Welton worked as the Deputy Director of Columbia Law School's Sabin Center for Climate Change Law. She also clerked for Judge David Trager of the Eastern District of New York and Judge  Allyson Duncan of the Fourth Circuit. 

"Professor Welton's clear and persuasive writing on energy and climate law skillfully weaves together governance theory and observations about governance change in the era of climate change."- Professor Katy Kuh 


The Haub Environmental Law Distinguished Junior Scholar Award is presented annually to an emerging junior environmental law professor who exhibits scholarly excellence and promise at an early stage in his/her career. The Haub School invites the award recipient to present his/her recent scholarship to the Haub community. The Haub Environmental Law Faculty solicits nominations from law professors throughout the country and selects a recipient from that pool of nominations.

Nominations are due by October 15 of each year and can be directed to Professor Katy Kuh.


Professor Cliff VillaApril 24, 2019 
Cliff Villa 
Associate Professor of Law
University of New Mexico
 Environmental Justice: Reflections and Renewal


Sharon JacobsSeptember 12, 2018
Sharon Jacobs
Associate Professor of Law
University of Colorado School of Law


Michael LivermoreSeptember 14, 2016
Michael A. Livermore
Associate Professor of Law
The University of Virginia School of Law
"The Perils of Experimentation"

Sarah LightSeptember 30, 2015
Sarah Light
Assistant Professor of Legal Studies and Business Ethics
The Wharton School, University of Pennsylvania
Arctic Drilling and Wrongful Benefit

Michael PappasSeptember 24, 2014
Michael Pappas
Assistant Professor of Law
University of Maryland Francis King Carey School of Law
Distributive Fairness, Equal Protection, and Takings

Sarah SchindlerSeptember 25, 2013
Sarah Schindler
Associate Professor of Law
University of Maine School of Law
Banning Lawns