Joseph A. Siegel

  • Adjunct Professor


B.A., Wesleyan University
J.D., Hofstra University School of Law

Joe Siegel is a Senior Attorney and an Environmental Collaboration and Conflict Resolution Specialist with the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, Region 2, Office of Regional Counsel in New York.  He has represented the Agency in administrative and federal court enforcement and defensive litigation under the Clean Air Act over the course of his 26 year career at the EPA. Joe specializes in climate change and air pollution law and policy, as well as facilitation and mediation of environmental matters. He co-chairs EPA Region 2’s Climate Change Workgroup and is the lead Regional attorney for climate change.  In his work as a neutral facilitator, Joe seeks to build bridges between diverse stakeholders and arrive at collaborative solutions.  He has applied these approaches to a wide variety of environmental matters, including climate change. 

Joe has been an Adjunct Professor at Pace Law School since 2000 and teaches in the JD and  LLM climate change track programs.  He has taught the Clean Air Act course, Climate Change Seminar, and Adaptation to Climate Change.  He is also an Advisor to the Kheel Center on the Resolution of Environmental Interest Disputes and was a member of the Advisory Group to the United Nations Environment Programme and Permanent Court of Arbitration on Environmental Dispute Resolution and Dispute Avoidance.  He was also an Adjunct Professor of environmental law for 11 years at CUNY Law School at Queens College. 

Joe served as Chair of the American Bar Association (ABA) Committee on Climate Change, Sustainable Development and Ecosystems and is a Vice-Chair of the ABA Alternative Dispute Resolution Committee.  He also served as Vice-Chair of the ABA Renewable Energy Resources Committee and editor of the Energy Committees Newsletter.    He is a certified mediator in Westchester County and a former community mediation volunteer for the Westchester Mediation Center.  Joe is a frequent lecturer and writer on climate change as well as Alternative Dispute Resolution and is currently a co-columnist on climate change and air pollution for the New York State Bar Association’s New York Environmental Lawyer.